Pre-sale Inspections?

Home Inspector with Advance Look Building Inspections and Environmental Testing

I should inspect my house before I put it on the market?

Absolutely. There are several reasons we recommend a pre-listing inspection.

  • Your buyer is going to have a home inspection, why be surprised?
  • You can address any issues you may overlook before you list your home.
  • If major repairs are needed you can get your own estimates from companies you trust.
  • By disclosing defects, you can take those items off the negotioating table.

What will my agent say about it?

Most agents I talk to are in favor of inspecting your home before you put it on the market. Our inspection report is your property, so you can give it to anyone you want. We will gladly put our reports in a 3-ring binder that you can set out with any other marketing materials you may have. This way, any potential buyers can look through your inspection reports while they fall in love with your home. We will also provide extra copies for you to give to potential buyers.

Won't any defects scare buyers?

If you just disclose the defects, maybe. You can use our Executive Summary as a checklist for items you have corrected. If something is too big for you to do, we recommend you supply 3 estimates from reputable companies so the buyer knows what to expect. If you do these simple things, your buyer won't be scared, they will be happy with your honesty and feel better knowing exactly what they are going to buy.

Inspect before you sell, call Advance Look today!

Here are a few links about selling your home and getting a pre-listing inspection:

Home Seller's Information Center

Greg Zaccagni
The Federal Savings Bank - Wheaton, IL
Illinois Mortgage Lender

I think this is a great idea as it can take the wind out of the sail of buyers who use the inspection to "renegotiate" their offers.  By that I mean they never intended to deliver the amount on their original offer.  I like to recommend pre-approvals as the seller knows in advance whether the buyer can actually afford to pay what they offer.

Greg Zaccagni


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Jan 05, 2011 06:14 PM
Darren Copeland
Leader One Financial - Lee's Summit, MO
Darren Copeland

This is a great article.  I am constantly amazed at how many people don't want a home inspection, but it pays in the end to have it done! great job!


Apr 10, 2013 05:05 AM