Home Inspection for Sellers - Inspect Before You List | Doris Bahr | Real Living Real Estate

You may wish to take a proactive approach to selling your home and have it inspected when you put it on the market. This allows you to prepare for issues a buyer might find and make repairs that could affect property negotiations.

A professional home inspection report by a credentialed inspector is also a marketing tool in your effort to find prospective buyers. Even if a later inspection reveals defects in your home, the preliminary seller home inspection from a credentialed professional is proof that you have nothing to hide.

If you do have your home inspected before you list it, you may find defects you were previously unaware of.  If so, it’s likely that you are legally responsible to disclose the presence of these defects to potential buyers.  Consult with an attorney about any applicable laws relating to disclosure of pre-listing inspection results.

Sellers should understand that buyers will likely want another inspection to occur before purchase, by a home inspector they select.  Sellers shouldn’t be offended if a potential buyer wants a second opinion – its best that both sides fully appreciate the soundness of the home before the contracts are signed.