The Benefits of Pre-Listing Home Inspections

Real Estate Sales Representative with PureRealty Brokerage

There was a time when the most stressful clauses in an offer for a Seller were the ones associated with the Buyer obtaining financing or the Buyer selling their home, but over the last decade, this has changed.

Obtaining a Home Inspection has become the industry norm, and it's been standard for the Buyer to make an offer conditional for a period of time to obtain his/her own inspection report.

"Clause 13" in the Ontario Real Estate Association Standard Agreement of Purchase and Sale addresses requesting a home inspection:

"INSPECTION: Buyer acknowledges having the opportunity to inspect the property and understanHome Inspection Reportds that upon acceptance of this Offer there shall be a binding agreement of purchase and sale between the Buyer and Seller. The Buyer acknowledges having the opportunity to include a requirement for a property inspection report in this Agreement and agrees that except as may be specifically provided for in the Agreement, the Buyer will not be obtaining a property inspection or property inspection report regarding the property."

Once the Buyer reviews the report with the Home Inspector, he/she assesses the deficiencies and or repair items for the subject property and then makes an informed decision whether or not they want to continue with the purchase. There is no doubt that these reports have been extremely valuable in helping Buyers make informed decisions along with protecting the Seller from litigation after the transaction closes, often from issues that they didn't even know existed!


Benefits of Having Your Home Pre-Inspected Before Listing
  • Facilitate a faster sale for more money.
  • Eliminate last minute fall throughs or 11th hour re-negotiations.
  • Be aware of existing issues, giving you the chance to address them now with competitive pricing.
  • Protect yourself from over-inflated buyer procured estimates.Pre Inspected
  • Get advise on the final report if there are items you wish to repair.
  • Reduce your liability with full disclosure
  • Provides purchasers the comfort of an unbiased 3rd party opinion.
  • You can assist the inspector during the inspection, unlike the purchaser's inspection.
  • The Home Inspector will be able to provide the Buyer with a review or actual secondary inspection to review repairs and deficiencies.
Benefits to Buying a Pre-Inspected Home
  • Saves a lot of time- upon reviewing a current Home Inspection report, you'll be able to see what the deficiencies are in advance of putting in an offer!

  • Allows you to focus on the deficiencies in a rational fashion and gives you time to get quotes and professional advise during your conditional period.

  • Allows you the ability to make a much more informed decision.

It doesn't matter if you're a Buyer or a Seller, the need for disclosure and discovery is paramount! The most successful and stress free property sales involve a Seller who knows exactly what he/she is selling and a Buyer who know's exactly Sample Home Inspection Reportwhat they are buying!

The Home Inspection Industry is far from perfect and there was a time when everyone and their brother were hanging up "Home Inspection" signs, but that has gradually changed. Real Estate Professionals and Consumers alike are looking for Inspectors who are both insured and knowledgable. The demand is on for Home Inspectors that tell it as it is and don't feel pressure to candy coat anything. A good Home Inspector will not over exaggerate minor deficiencies or to be biased against certain area's of a City or type of house. At the end of the day, it's the Home Inspection Report that a Buyer may be very well depending on when making the decision of buying a home. 

Parts of a House during an Inspection


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Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Donna, Great post, pre-inspections are very important as it will give you an insight of what is wrong  with the property and you can decide what you would like to do about. Thanks for sharing! 

Nov 07, 2011 03:51 PM #1
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

I wholeheartedly agree it's a great idea.  The last thing I want is to represent a home all the way to the end only to come upon something in inspection we can't come to terms over.


Nov 07, 2011 03:55 PM #2
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Donna - It's a great idea to get a home inspection done before a seller puts their home on the market, or least to get one done before an offer comes in.  You've given a great list of reasons why a seller should get one done.  

Nov 07, 2011 04:15 PM #3
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Very nice article, Donna, I hope that pre-listing inspsections become the STANDARD in our industry.  It would be more transparent for both buyers & sellers, and also reduce stress for agents and clients!  ~ Regina Brown

Jun 17, 2013 07:49 AM #4
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