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I recently had a Realtor inquire about our services. Among this inquiry was one easy answer, but one some people seem to struggle with. She wanted my opinion as to the “Home Inspectors Role” in a Real estate sale.

Our responsibility is to provide the client with a complete and thorough inspection and report. The report should be an unbias report and assessment of the property at the time of the inspection. The inspection & report should be informative, easy to read and understand. We do our best to put items that are defective, unsafe or no longer working as intended on the summary page. We do not offer a pass or fail grade to a home inspection report


The other day I arrived at an inspection to find the water meter had been removed. Though this is nothing new lately, it is impossible to perform a full inspection without water. The selling Realtor thought the water was on (whoops)

So, I revisited a few days later after the new meter is installed. I turned it on at the street and there was plenty of water running inside. After 5 or so minutes I started loosing water pressure inside. I looked outside toward the water meter and saw water gurgling up through the ground.

Another good reason to make sure all utilities are on prior to the inspection.

Here Are A Few Of The Important Benefits Of Having The Home Inspected BEFORE It Gets Put On The Market:


1. Helps buyers feel immediately more comfortable with the property.

2. Increases the home buyer’s perceived value of the property.

3. Gives the sellers the opportunity to eliminate certain defects before the buyer’s arrive.

4. Allows the sellers the proper time to make any needed repairs in order to more effectively market the home in the most positive light.

5. Reduces the likelihood that buyers will hire their own inspector.

6. Reduces the likelihood of costly surprises being found by a buyer’s inspector after the sellers thought they had a firm offer.

7. Virtually eliminates emotionally and financially draining renegotiations.

8. Increases the likelihood that serious offers will turn into closings.

9. Reduces the buyer’s negotiating leverage regarding the existing property conditions.


So let’s review the facts:  Having the home inspected before the first buyer shows up will allow the home to be sold for more money, reduce the cost of the needed repairs, and minimize the frustration with the entire sales process.  So where’s the down side to getting a Pre-Listing Inspection?