Selling Inspections
Seller inspections (sometimes referred to as pre-listing inspections) are becoming more popular because they virtually eliminate all the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the home inspection until a buyer is found.  In many ways, waiting to schedule the inspection until after a home goes under contract is too late. After the potential buyers home inspection all repairs will have to be made right away to stay on schedule and by contractors that you may not want to use, or you will have overpriced, off the hip guess estimations of what the buyers think it will cost to repair/replace an item. Who wants to deal with that? 


Seller inspections are arranged and paid for by the seller, usually just before the home goes on the market. I will perform the same inspection on your house that I would for any potential buyer and generate the same comprehensive report. The difference is you get the report and can make any repairs at your convince using the professional of your choice, Stress Free. Home owners are often surprised when finding out about a condition in their house that has been in front of them for years, they just hadn't noticed. Often there are a number of small repairs and deferred maintenance items that can be easily and inexpensively corrected by you the homeowner which will help the house show better. After you make the corrections of your choice and are ready to sell the house I will come back and revise the report to show what repairs have been made or what items have been replaced. You and your agent will then be able to make multiple copies of the report to share with potential buyers as a great marketing piece. The report is delivered as a pdf attachment so any potential long distance buyers can be emailed the report where ever they are in the world. Seller inspections are a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction.  They are a win-win-win-win situation.  

Advantages to the Seller

• The seller can choose the inspector rather than be at the mercy of the buyer's choice of inspector. 
• The seller can schedule the inspections at their convenience. 
• It will alert the seller to any items of immediate concern, such as small plumbing leaks that will cause more damage. 
• The seller can assist during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer's inspection. 
• The report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist. 
• The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected. 
• A seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time, which: 

* might help 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.

• The report might alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home. 
• The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers. 
• 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. 
• A seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations. 
• The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency. 
• The deal is less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem. 

Advantages to the Home Buyer:

• The inspection is done already. 
• The inspection is paid for by the seller. 
• The report provides a more accurate third-party view of the condition of the home prior to making an offer. 
• A seller inspection eliminates surprise defects. 
• Problems are corrected, or at least acknowledged, prior to making an offer on the home. 
• A seller inspection reduces the need for negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations. 
• The report might assist in acquiring financing. 



Common Myths About Seller Inspections:

Q.  Don't seller inspections kill deals by forcing sellers to disclose defects they otherwise wouldn't have known about?
A.  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.
 
Q.  A newer home in good condition doesn't need an inspection anyway.  Why should the seller have one done?
A.  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 pseudo-marketing piece, with the added benefit of having been generated by an impartial party.