True Quality Home Inspections

What is Pre-Inspection

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 agreement is too late.  Seller inspections are arranged and paid for by
the seller, usually just before the home goes on the market.  The seller is the
inspector’s client.  The inspector works for the seller and generates a report
for the seller.  The seller then typically makes multiple copies of the report
and shares them with potential buyers who tour the home for sale.  Seller
inspections are a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction.  They are
a win-win-win-win situation.  Home inspectors should consider offering seller
inspections and marketing this service to local listing agents.

Advantages to the Home Inspector:
  • Seller inspections allow the inspector to catch inspection jobs upstream,
    ahead of real estate transactions and the competition.
  • Seller inspections are easier to schedule and are not under the
    time constraints of a sales agreement’s inspection contingencies.
  • Working for sellers is typically less stressful than working for buyers who
    are about to make the purchase of their lifetimes.
  • Sellers can alert the inspector to problems that should be included in the
    report, answer questions about their homes, and provide Seller’s Disclosure
    Statements.
  • Repairs of problems found during seller inspections often necessitate the
    need for re-inspections by the inspector.
  • Seller inspections put a sample copy of the inspector’s product — the
    report — in the hands of many potential buyers who will need a local inspector
    soon.
  • Seller inspections put a sample copy of the inspector’s product — the
    report — in the hands of many local buyers’ agents who tour the home.
  • The inspector is credited, in part, with the smoothness of the real estate
    transaction by the buyer, seller and agents on both sides.
  • The liability of the inspector is reduced by putting more time between the
    date of the inspection and the move-in date of the buyers.
  • The liability of the inspector is reduced because the inspector’s clients
    are not buying the properties inspected, but, rather, moving out of them.
  • The buyer might insist on hiring the seller’s inspector to produce a
    fresh report, since the seller’s inspector is already familiar with the home.
  • Seller inspections provide inspectors the opportunity to show off their
    services to listing agents.
  • Seller inspections provide examples of the inspector’s work to the listing
    agent of each home, which might encourage those agents to have other listings
    pre-inspected by the inspector.
  • Most sellers are local buyers, so many sellers hire the inspector again to
    inspect the homes they are moving into.
Advantages to the Seller:
  • The seller can choose a certified InterNACHI inspector rather than be at the
    mercy of the buyer’s choice of inspector.
  • The seller can schedule the inspections at the seller’s convenience.
  • It might alert the seller to any items of immediate concern, such as radon
    gas or active termite infestation.
  • The seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something
    normally not done during a buyer’s inspection.
  • The seller can have the inspector correct any misstatements in the
    inspection report before it is generated.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal
    claims.
Advantages to the Real Estate Agent:
  • Agents can recommend certified InterNACHI inspectors, as opposed to being at
    the mercy of buyer’s choices in inspectors.
  • Sellers can schedule the inspections at seller’s convenience, with little
    effort on the part of agents.
  • Sellers can assist inspectors during the inspections, something normally not
    done during buyers’ inspections.
  • Sellers can have inspectors correct any misstatements in the reports before
    they are generated.
  • The reports help sellers see their homes through the eyes of a critical
    third-party, thus making sellers more realistic about asking price.
  • Agents are alerted to any immediate safety issues found, before other agents
    and potential buyers tour the home.
  • Repairs made ahead of time might make homes show better.
  • Reports hosted online entice potential buyers to tour the homes.
  • The reports provide third-party, unbiased opinions to offer to
    potential buyers.
  • Clean reports can be used as marketing tools to help sell the homes.
  • The reports might relieve prospective buyers’ unfounded suspicions, before
    they walk away.
  • Seller inspections eliminate “buyer’s remorse” that sometimes occurs just
    after an inspection.
  • Seller inspections reduce the need for negotiations and 11th-hour
    re-negotiations.
  • Seller inspections relieve the agent of having to hurriedly procure repair
    estimates or schedule repairs.
  • The reports might encourage buyers to waive their inspection contingencies.
  • Deals are less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when buyer’s
    inspections unexpectedly reveal last-minute problems.
  • Reports provide full-disclosure protection from future legal
    claims.
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.
  • A seller inspection allows the buyer to sweeten the offer without increasing
    the offering price by waiving inspections.
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