Advantages to the Home Seller:

  • ​The seller can choose the home inspector of his/her choice. Not all home inspectors are InterNACHI certified, and you get to choose.

  • The seller’s home inspection is completed on your time schedule.

  • If the house has any problems that need immediate attention, such as mold, termite infestations or radon gas you have time to deal with it.

  • When a buyer hires the inspector, the seller normally is not around during the inspection. When the seller hires the inspector for a seller’s home inspection, he/she can assist the home inspector.

  • A seller’s home inspection can assist you in pricing the home if there are problems.

  • The seller can possibly ask a higher price if he/she can show that there are no problems or the problems have been corrected.

  • A seller’s home inspection reveals problems ahead of time, which:

    • Might make the home show better.

    • Gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.

    • Permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.

    • Removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from the negotiation table.

  • A pre-listing inspection can alert the homeowner to potential safety issues that may exist before allowing possible buyers onto the property.

  • A seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be used as a marketing tool.

  • A seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.

  • The report might relieve a prospective buyer’s unfounded suspicions before they walk away.

  • The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.

  • The deal is less likely to fall apart when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem.

  • The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.

Advantages to the Home Buyer:

  • There is no need for the buyer to order a home inspection.

  • The seller paid for the inspection and there is no need to pay for another one unless the buyer wants it.

  • You have a third party report telling you the condition of the property before you make an offer, reducing the back and forth negotiations.

  • No surprises to deal with after you are emotionally and financially committed.

  • Any issues with the home are acknowledged or either eliminated before the buyer makes an offer.

  • Financial institutions may consider the report favorably when considering mortgage arrangements.

  • A seller’s home inspection allows the buyer to sweeten the offer without increasing the offering price by waiving inspections.


Two Common Myths about Pre-Listing Inspections or Seller’s Home Inspections:

1) Seller inspections kill deals by forcing sellers to disclose defects they otherwise wouldn’t have known about.

  • Any defect that is material enough to kill a real estate transaction is likely going to be uncovered eventually anyway. It is best to discover the problem ahead of time before it can kill the deal.


2) A newer home in good condition doesn’t need an inspection anyway. Why should the seller have one done?

  • Unlike real estate agents whose job is to market properties for their sellers, inspectors produce objective reports. If the property is truly in great shape, the inspection report becomes a marketing piece, with the added benefit of having been generated by an impartial party.

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