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To Pre-inspect or Not to Pre-inspect

The inspection process

You are selling your home. Your realtor finds a potential buyer for you. Score!!!

The next step in the purchase process for the sale of your home is the inspection. The buyers hire a professional Home Inspection Company.

The inspector shows up and spends the next 3 hours looking very closely at the condition of your home.

The inspector examines key elements, ensuring proper operation, observing the condition, and noting damage, including the following:

  • Exterior

  • Structure: Foundation and framing

  • Interior: Windows, doors, ceilings, walls, floors, attic, and basement

  • Plumbing and electrical systems

  • Appliance operations

  • Electrical safety

To everyone’s surprise, he finds furnace problems. OH NOOO…….

The buyer gets nervous about the purchase. Not what anyone was hoping for!

The worst time to discover an issue, like a furnace problem, is after you have a contract and are almost ready to close. The buyer will ask you to repair as many of the issues as you agree. These issues can add up in price quickly. And there are deadlines to meet. However, there is a way to smooth out this process. This scenario can be avoided with a Pre-Inspection.


A pre-inspection is where the seller hires a home inspector before listing your home. The advantage is that you can fix the issues with your home before the buyer sees them. This gives you time to research and shop for the right professional and fix these issues.

Do you need a Pre-Inspection?

Your agent will be able to walk through that decision. They will be knowledgeable about the local market, the economic climate, and appropriate negotiating strategies. The answer may also be determined by the age and condition of the house and whether you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market. A pre-inspection can give the seller the upper hand regarding property condition. It’s better to know beforehand what repairs may be necessary and which appliances and systems might turn off prospective buyers. The fewer condition problems or red flags, the higher the offers and the faster the house can sell.

Give us a call with your questions (719-641-1555). We would be happy to talk with you.

Written by Vice President, Joe Gardino, Senior Professional Home Inspection

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