Pre-Listing Home Inspection help sell homes

The Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection


It used to be that the only thing a seller needed to worry about was curb appeal. And while curb appeal is still significant, it is only half of what buyers are looking for. In today’s real estate market a seller has to consider Inspection Appeal as well. Home inspections tend to send all parties back to the negotiating table. However, real estate professionals and home inspectors alike are encouraging sellers of the benefits of a seller’s pre-listing home inspection. Often the buyers have the upper hand during a deal as they use their inspection report as a bargaining tool. If a seller is willing to have the inspection ahead of time, they retain control. Still not convinced? Here are more examples of the benefits of a seller’s pre-listing home inspection.


  • An inspection allows you to see your home through the eyes of a completely neutral third-party. Furthermore, it will help with realistically setting your listing price.


  • Be alerted to immediate safety and structural issues before agents and potential buyers tour your house.


  • You can identify any potential problems or serious structural issues and address them beforehand such as dangerous radon gas or termite infestation or hazardous molds.


  • Additionally, you have the time to research and hire your own contractor to perform the work, as opposed to paying for the buyer’s contractor.


  • When you make repairs ahead of time, the issues do not become negotiating stumbling blocks later.


  • The sale will never be delayed because of issues with obtaining work permits.


  • Build buyer confidence and trust, plus reduces your liability when you present a current pre-listing inspection and a record of any repairs.


  • You may even be able to encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.


When you put your house up for sale, you cannot control the real estate market or change the location of your house, or influence the buyer’s agent. The decision to sell or purchase a home is a life-altering one.  Total View Home Inspectors always recommend a pre-listing home inspection to sellers before putting your house on the market. Our licensed home inspectors evaluate all interior and exterior components and systems including the roof, basement, heating, cooling, ventilation, insulation, plumbing, structure, electrical and more. We provide comprehensive and professional services from the roof to the foundation. Contact us today to schedule your pre-listing home inspection. You’ll be glad you did!