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 inspections until a buyer is found. In many ways, waiting to schedule inspection until a buyer’s offer is made 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 that 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.
At reduced price and for limited times, Accuracy Plus Home Inspections provides low cost sellers inspections. The inspection is conducted by an intern with a state approved permit and a fully licensed inspector. It is the same inspection that we provide for home buyers. Call our office at 203 284-1278 to see when this is available.
Advantages to the seller:
- The seller can choose a CAHI 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 of any items of immediate personal 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 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.
- Offsets over-inflated buyer procured estimates at the negotiation table.
- The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.
- A seller inspection permits a 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 enlightens last minute 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 problem.
- The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.