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How Important is a Home Ispection?

Real Estate Agent with Prudential NJ Properties

Prudential NJ Properties

Should a buyer get a home inspection for a home they are buying? Should a seller order a home inspection prior to putting the property on the market? There are advantages for both.

 Simply put, a home inspection is a visual examination of both the physical structure, and major systems of the entire home including: walls, ceilings, floors, decks, exterior covering, the roof, foundation, insulation and ventilation, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning. It is not an appraisal to validate the value of a home, nor a pass/fail exam. A third-party inspector will give a report on the physical condition and suggest repairs.


A home inspection clause that makes the purchase contingent upon the findings can provide peace of mind. If a serious problem is found, it allows room to renegotiate the purchase price or "opt-out" of buying the home altogether. However, this is usually uncommon. Typically, the seller will already have told the buyer about any major problems. 

More often, inspections reveal less serious defects that aren't enough to warrant backing out of the transaction. However, knowing about these minor problems can prevent major disasters down the road.  In addition, if specified in the inspection clause, the cost of the repairs can be at the seller's expense.

Another advantage to having a home inspection is that it offers buyers an opportunity to become familiar with their new home and learn about maintenance to help in its upkeep.  Although not required, it's recommended that buyers be present during the inspection. This allows them to observe the inspection; ask questions about the condition of the home; and receive an objective opinion.


For sellers, conducting a home inspection (or pre-inspection) before listing their homes puts the control back into their hands.

When the buyer inspection finds problems, it can impede negotiations and cost the seller more in repairs. By having a pre-inspection, the seller can help eliminate any surprise findings after an offer has been made. The seller can make repairs before placing the home on the market and possibly even increase the value of the home.

A pre-inspection can also serve as a great marketing tool. Sellers are required by law to disclose any known defects in the home. Having a pre-inspection report available for buyers tells them that the seller has nothing to hide. It also gives them a clearer picture of the condition of the home.

If there are major problems found during the pre-inspection, it gives the seller an opportunity to disclose the condition up-front, making it less likely for the buyer to pull out of the deal or try to renegotiate the price.

Knowing the true condition of a home can bring peace of mind to buyers and sellers; and be one less hurdle in the home buying and selling process.  Ask your real estate sales professional for a list of certified independent home inspectors in your area.

Richard Ross
Accurate Home Inspections of America, LLC - Cape Coral, FL
I agree Kelly, Seller's Inspections are a WIn-Win-Win-Win for everyone! Seller, Buyer, Realtor and Inspector. I just don't understand why more Realtors haven't embraced this great marketing tool. As an example:


Can you make your listings more attractive to buyers? 

Are your listings more attractive to buyers than other listings? Differentiate your listings by encouraging your seller to order a pre-listing inspection of their property and advertise the listing as "Move In Certified"

How does this help the seller?

  • A seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time which
  1. if corrected, will make the home show better.
  2. gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive rates.
  3. permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
  4. 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 3rd party, unbiased opinion to offer the potential buyers.
  • A seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report which can be hosted on a web site and used as a marketing tool.
  • "Move In Certified" yard signs attract potential buyers. Move in Certified Yard Sign
  • The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.
  • The report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist.
  • A seller's inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness and provides full disclosure protection from future legal claims
  • A sellers inspection lightens negotiations.
  • The inspection is paid and the report might encourage the buyer to wave the inspection contingency.

How does the buyer benefit?

  • The inspection is done and hosted on a web site.
  • The Home Inspection is already paid for by the seller and for a small fee, the inspection company can return with the buyer and go through the inspection report at the home.
  • The report gives a more accurate 3rd party view of the condition of the home prior to making an offer.
  • A seller's inspection eliminates surprise defects.
  • Problems are corrected or at least acknowledged prior to making an offer on the home.
  • The report might assist in financing.
  • A seller's inspection allows the buyer to sweeten the offer without increasing the offering price by waiving inspections.
  • "Move In Certified" homes carry a 120 day American Home Warranty.

See what Carol Rondinelli, Co-owner of RE/MAX Estate Group has to say about seller's inspections.

Dec 06, 2007 10:53 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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