What Are the Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection?

A pre-listing inspection is a great idea for many reasons. Here are five of them.

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For any homeowners out there who are thinking about listing their home anytime in the near future, I wanted to share five reasons why you should also consider a pre-listing home and septic inspection:

1. Advance notice. Many times, when we get under contract with a buyer, we only have 45 to 60 days to make repairs that are negotiated after the buyer has their inspection. With such a limited time frame, it’s so much more difficult to get things done than if we know about the repairs before the property is even listed with a pre-listing inspection.

2. Do it yourself. If you have the report before listing and there are items that you can knock out yourself, you can do it yourself or we can help you. Taking away these minor inspection items is much cheaper and easier if done in advance.

3. Contractor of your choice. If we wait until we’re under contract to make inspections, the short amount of time requires us to hire whichever contractor is able to get the job done in the time frame. Being able to push things out a bit to make sure we’re getting the right contractor will save us a ton of time, money, and stress. 

Taking away minor inspection items is much cheaper if done in advance.

4. Informed pricing. If we figure out that a new septic system will need to be installed before listing, we can make a decision on its price based on that instead of waiting for the buyer to come in and try to get an even bigger discount.

5. Leverage. When you go under contract with a buyer, one of the first steps is to negotiate repairs. If we can make that negotiation a part of the initial contract acceptance, then we have the leverage in requesting those repairs. It’s a powerful tool.

If you have questions about anything in this list or about anything else related to real estate, don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


  1. Justin, I agree that what you advocate may sound good to a Seller, but why would a Buyer want to trust the Seller (or their bought and paid for inspector) to be looking out for the Buyer's interests? As soon as the Buyer settles down in their new home and discovers a few things wrong, then they immediately suspect that they may have "been had" - whether it's true or not. I believe that It's important for the Buyer to take ownership of the home inspection process, that way they have no one to blame but themselves, and their own inspector, if something was missed. When the Seller provides the inspection report, they, and the inspector, are assuming needless liability, not to mention an obvious conflict of interest. Not so, when the Buyer is responsible for their own home inspection. Justin, when you bought your last used car, did you ask the seller to do the inspection? Why suggest that for the sake of expediency when purchasing a home?