Pre-Listing Home Inspections
Pre-listing home inspections are becoming more common because they provide sellers of homes valuable information. However, such inspections have both advantages and disadvantages.
Some of the advantages to obtaining a pre-listing inspection are:
- You learn more about the condition of the house from a neutral, experienced inspector;
- You can more accurately price your property;
- You can make repairs if you choose to do so;
- You can eliminate lender contingencies, and
- You minimize negotiations with potential buyers.
Some of the disadvantages to obtaining a pre-listing inspection are:
- You must pay the cost of the inspection;
- You do not eliminate the need for a buyer to obtain their our inspection; and
- Under California law, you will be required to make any disclosures of deficiencies and/or defects.
The decision should by made by the seller only after carefully considering the information above.