Reducing Seller Inspection Stress

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Reducing Seller Inspection Stress


Reducing Seller Inspection StressHave you ever noticed the panic that crosses the face of some sellers when you tell them the inspector is coming.  Some are very confident that there will be nothing found and that’s great for them, for you, and for the buyer. But some people don’t know what might happen, and they start to stress out.


The questions start: What does he look at? What will he find? What if…..?  I usually ask if there is something they know about the house that they are worried about. If there is, they had better tell me now.


I try to reduce their stress by thoroughly explaining the process, what he’s looking at and for, when we will get the results and what happens then.Reducing Seller Inspection Stress


I suggest that they leave the home (go have breakfast or lunch; even go shopping) since the inspector won’t share his findings during the inspection. And, I tell them not to worry. It will either pass inspection or it won’t. If it doesn’t, we will know what items need attention before the next contract (If the buyer voids this one), or we can fix those items now.


An “As Is With Right To Inspect” contract seems to help reduce the stress a bit. But I have sellers tell me that no way will they pay for any repairs. I suggest that if it’s small items (especially of a safety nature); they may wish to go ahead and fix them.  If this buyer voids the contract based on the inspection results, they will have to fix those items anyway prior to the next contract.

It seems that if you spend the time to thoroughly go over an inspection and it’s results, the sellers feel much better about it and can face it without emotional strain.



Reducing Seller Inspection Stress


, Toni and Craig Weidman

Re/Max Sunset Realty



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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

If a seller is so stressed out over what a buyer might find, he might want to do his own inspection and avoid surprises later.

Jul 24, 2014 10:31 AM #20
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor


Congratulations on the featured post. I also seen that look way too many times. Inspection period can be stressful and it is our duty to alleviate it as much as possible. I just tell my sellers that they have no obligated to fix anything unless it is a safety issue or government requirement. That they can sell it as if, however, if they want to work with the buyer, that there are options such as credit, price reduction, fix some of the repair . I let them know that as a seller, they are still in control.

Jul 24, 2014 11:52 AM #21
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Letting the seller know what to expect is a great way to reduce stress.  It also is a good idea for the seller to take care of anything they know about prior to anythey  inspection.  In that way can control the costs and remove the stresss.

Jul 24, 2014 11:57 AM #22
Jim Mushinsky
Centsable Inspection - Framingham, MA

Nice topic and blog Toni.

In Massachusetts the Seller (or Seller's Agent) is responsible to provide the Buyer with the brochure "Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet" at the time of first written offer.

Hopefully the law works and the Sellers are better prepared for the Buyer's home inspection.

Jul 24, 2014 12:57 PM #23
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Toni-This is great advice and I agree the more they know upfront the less stress they may experience.

Jul 24, 2014 02:04 PM #24
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Toni, it's always difficult for Sellers to hear "what is wrong" with their home especially the sellers who keep their home in good repair.

Jul 24, 2014 03:06 PM #25
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Home inspections can be cause for stress when selling a homes.  You give good advice about dealing with the process.

Jul 24, 2014 09:13 PM #26
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

Good advice... Also, I think it helps to point out to sellers in advance some of the areas the inspector will be "poking into" ... such as furnace, water heater, electric panel, crawl space access .. So the piles of stuff that sometimes tend to accumulate near those areas can be moved in advance ...It can be embarrassing for a seller to have to drag away a box of old magazines while a bunch of strangers stand around staring at her ... :-)

Jul 24, 2014 09:29 PM #27
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I can always tell the homes that were prepared for inspection by the agent. They either had a prelisting inspection done, or took a hard look to be get the little and big things fixed or repaired. 

Jul 24, 2014 10:22 PM #28
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Thank you all for your comments.

Jul 24, 2014 11:17 PM #29
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There is alwys going to be something going on...Lets find out what it is...that's all

Jul 25, 2014 12:17 AM #30
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

We have severalrealtors in our area who insist upon the seller doing a pre-listing inspection and fixing any issues ahaed of time. This is also a way to reduce the stress as the inspector is working for you not against you as many sellers view it.

Jul 25, 2014 05:36 AM #31
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Good tips Toni. And anything we can do to help our clients through the process without too much worry is how we get repeat biz. Some of our clients though will worry just because they worry about things in general no matter how much time and attention and reassurance they are given. It just wouldn't be "right" if they didn't worry about it.

Jul 25, 2014 10:05 AM #32
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Toni, makes all the difference for seller when they are NOT around. (I always tell them not to be there at inspection.)

Jul 25, 2014 01:08 PM #33
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Dan, you're right. Some people just enjoy a good worry session.

Praful, it's best but not all believe us :)

Jul 25, 2014 09:15 PM #34
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Toni, good advice.  If my buyer is using an inspector that puts sample reports on the Internet, I look at them with the buyer so they know what to expect.  I explain that the inspectors job is to note anything they see.  Not everything noted is a major issue.  They need to be ready to evaluate each item that affects the property in terms of is it a deal breaker, can it be easily mitigaged, and can they easily repair the item.  The answer lies within the buyer, of course.  But an upfront conversation eases the pain.

I still try to get sellers to inspect and repair upfront.  That way then can reinspect and show a good inspection report to the buyer. 

Jul 25, 2014 10:41 PM #35
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Love the idea of keeping the lines of communication per this super post. THX!

Jul 26, 2014 04:47 AM #36
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

The NC Real Estate Commission distributes a free brochure called "Questions and Answers About Home Inspections".  I find that utilizing that brochure as well as discussing the process in general when we take the listing and then reviewing the same thing upon receipt of an Offer to Purchase really helps.

Jul 26, 2014 06:50 AM #37
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Toni, as a Seller we'll surely be biased about the property condition and critical as a Buyer.  I ask the Owners upfront to have their home inspected then we have a clean slate to work from.

Jul 26, 2014 07:30 AM #38
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Toni -- All the more reason for inspections to be done prior to listing. However, sellers rarely want to spend the $$$.  Doing so would definitely lift some of that stress and get a subsequent passing grade instead of a failure.

Jul 28, 2014 10:06 AM #39
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