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Home Inspection – The Home Seller’s Friend

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Author: John W. Gordon, PhD

Home inspection is the home seller’s friend because it can help him or her to sell the house quickly at or near asking price.  The residential home inspection is often a contingency that the buyer places on the purchase agreement, but the home seller can invoke it as a kind of preemptive strategy.  He must pay the inspection cost up front, but, like fix-up expenses and repair costs spent up front, he can expect to recoup the expense when the transaction closes.  Let’s see how this strategy works in more detail.

The residential home inspection is a way for the seller to get his property to stand out above the rest.  This advantage is particularly valuable in buyers’ markets like today.  As any real estate agent knows, staging the house and presenting it in the most attractive light works wonders.  Even if staging isn’t an option (e.g., physical or financial inability), the inspection cost is well worth the payback in terms of the value any potential buyer will place on it.

The first step is for the seller to adopt a position of full disclosure rather than that of glossing over hidden deficiencies.  He should expect the buyer to want a home inspection and to make the purchase agreement contingent upon its results, possibly leading to further price negotiations or demands for repairs.  The disclosure stance builds trust; the opposite stance distrust.

To achieve full disclosure, order a pre-listing inspection of the house.  Because of adherence to Standards of Practice and a thorough home inspection checklist, the inspector conducts his examination of the property with fresh and objective eyes.  This can reveal major and minor defects that need attention, safety issues, and moisture or other conditions that might lead to insect infestation.

Look at the inspection report with as little emotion as possible.  Identify those items that will matter most to an average buyer and fix them, either yourself or by hiring contractors.  Keep records of all work done and present them with the inspection report when you put your house on the market.  Real estate agents and their clients will appreciate your candor and forthrightness, taking away a most favorable impression.

The seller should not be surprised if potential buyers feel so reassured that they don’t bother scheduling an additional home inspection.  This translates into perceived value and a greater willingness to offer full asking price.  It may even attract more than one offer and bidding competition.

In short, a pre-listing home inspection is the home seller’s friend by helping to present him and his property in a most favorable light.  The result is apt to be a quick sale and recovery of the modest costs involved, not to mention a smooth and enjoyable process.

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About the Author

John Gordon, PhD, is based in Bellingham, Washington.  His business, Dr. Inspector LLC, is fully authorized, licensed, and insured as a home inspection and pest inspection service provider.   John is thorough and places the client foremost.  Please visit his website at

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