Pre-Inspecting Your Home
In today's high foreclosure market, it is more important
now than ever before to pre-inspect your home.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You
may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.
Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It gives you time to make proper repairs for items shown in
your inspection report.
- Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- You have time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the
repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such
as mold, or active termite interaction unsafe wiring.
- It may relieve prospects concerns.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting
documentation to your Disclosure statement.
- Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors
enter your home.
Copies of inspection report along with receipts for any repairs
should be made available to potential buyers.
A nice little disclaimer for pre-listing inspection reports:
“Note: Just as no two home inspectors and no reporting
systems are alike, no two reporting systems are alike, no two
inspection reports, even if performed on the same property at
the same time, are alike. The pre-listing inspection report was
performed for my client, the home seller, with the cooperation
and assistance of my client/ home seller. It assumes full disclosure
on the part of my client/home seller. My client may choose to
share my report with other, but it was performed solely for my
client. And although Walton Inspection Group performs all inspections
and writes all reports objectively without regard to the client’s
personal interests, additional inspections, which of course would
reveal and report matters differently, should be considered.”
FAQs on Home Inspections
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Ask Your Home Inspector
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