Today, many agents are recommending a pre-listing home inspection, for a few good reasons.
A pre-listing inspection:
* Gives buyers an added level of confidence over and above the
seller’s property condition report
* Alerts sellers to problems that can or should be addressed prior to
* Allows sellers to have repairs made less expensively
* Can prevent “escrow fall out”
First, the confidence.
When a licensed home inspector attests that prior repairs, additions,
etc. were done correctly, or that the systems in the home are in
excellent condition, it carries more weight than the homeowner’s
If the inspector finds issues, the seller may either make needed
repairs or simply disclose them.
When repairs are made, the seller can attach documentation in the form
of photos, invoices, etc. to assure the buyer that the work was done.
On the other side of the question, if a seller discloses problems that
he or she is not willing to correct, the buyer has even more
confidence in the seller’s integrity.
Some buyers will feel that the pre-inspection was “good enough”
and will happily not spend the money on a second inspection. Others
will hire a different inspector to verify the findings or to examine
Being alerted to problems is a benefit to sellers.
Things can go wrong that a seller doesn’t notice, so cannot disclose
or repair. It’s beneficial to know these things ahead of time so
they can be addressed or so they can be disclosed and the price can be
Making repairs ahead of listing is less costly.
Repairs made in the period of time between the inspection and an
already scheduled closing must be done in a hurry. They must also be
done by a licensed contractor – often of the buyer’s choice.
Thus, the homeowner has less chance of obtaining competitive bids or
of making any of the repairs himself/herself.
A pre-listing inspection can prevent “escrow fall out.”
When the inspection is done just prior to closing and necessary
repairs are extensive or time-consuming, some buyers won’t wait.
Additionally, some won’t have confidence in repairs being made
correctly, so they simply walk away.
Repairs that were already completed will simply be noted on your
property condition report and verified by the buyer’s inspector,
should they opt for a second inspection.
Discuss a pre-listing inspection with your Pittsburg, CA real estate
If you decide to go forward, ask your agent to attend the inspection
with you and to ask relevant questions. After the inspection, ask your
agent for advice on what, if anything, you should do next.
If repairs are necessary, he or she probably has a list or reputable
contractors here in Pittsburg, CA who can help.
If no repairs are needed, your agent will know how to best use the
information in marketing your home.
A pre-listing inspection is not a requirement to offering your Pittsburg, CA
home for sale, but in many cases, it is a wise idea.
In 1946 the real estate firm of Western Homes Realty Co., was established and this began a long line of Croskey Real Estate history.
With the vision of growing a real estate and Insurance business in the San Francisco Bay Area