It is most common for potential buyers to request and pay for a home inspection on a house they have serious interest in purchasing—usually when they have a contract on the house and have every intent to follow through with the sale, pending the home inspection results.

Pre-Listing Home Inspection: Marketing and Negotiation Power

While letting this responsibility fall on the shoulders of the buyer, putting this expense off on them can also put more negotiating power in their hands should anything unexpected come up in the report.

As a seller requesting a home inspection prior to listing your home, you can identify issues—major or just minor ones—that can be off-putting to buyers and correct them, making your home an even more ideal option on the market. Should the repairs require more effort or money than you are prepared to handle, you can adjust the asking price for your home to accommodate for needed repairs.

In addition, if your pre-listing home inspection report comes back with no issues, not even minor cosmetic ones, you can use this as an additional selling point—marketing your home as better than “move-in ready” condition.

Seller Disclosure Requirements

There is a downside to pre-listing home inspections. The purpose of a home inspection is to discover any defect of a property—including issues that may not be visible or known by the property owner. In most states, including Florida, sellers are required by law to disclose known property defects that are present. This means you would have to disclose any of the concerns brought to light about your pre-listing home inspection to any prospective buyer.

This is usually only a concern for older homes as they are more likely to have issues as time causes more wear and tear and older code requirements weren’t as stringent as they are with a newer built homes.

On the bright side, if you correct any of the defects, you do not have to disclose the original issue. If you choose to not make any repairs, marketing your home appropriately will become most important. This can easily be resolved by pricing your home to accommodate the cost of the needed repairs.

Also keep in mind that your prospective buyers will likely conduct their own pre-sale home inspection—so any defects that are present will come to light regardless and you won’t have the opportunity to work the repairs into your asking price as you see appropriate. The buyer ends up with the upper hand in negotiations in the case and could request a larger amount off of your asking price.

Hiring A Reputable Home Inspector

When researching a home inspection company, you’ll want to opt for a home inspector who is licensed by the state and is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). ASHI certified inspectors are held to a higher degree of standards in order to become a member.

All inspectors at AcuSystem are state and ASHI certified, plus we have decades of experience in the business and there isn’t much we haven’t seen or uncovered. Each of our home inspection reports includes detailed documentation of the concern, pictures, and recommendations for repairs. Contact us to schedule your home inspection before putting your home up for sale.