Not all pre-listing inspections eliminate the desire of the prospective Buyer of the property to have an independent inspection performed by their own chosen inspector. The Buyer may determine that their own inspection is less likely to be biased on behalf of the Seller. More importantly, the prospective Buyer may decide that their inspection is needed in order to make preliminary determinations regarding their proposed use and modifications of the structure in question. For example, the Buyer may want to know if the electrical system is adequate for its existing use and for any planned additions of a bathroom, hot tub, or the various use of power tools. Sometimes the Buyer’s and Seller’s inspectors will find different flaws and the Seller will have to contend with this issue at that time. Pre-inspections will usually uncover the major challenges though. Homeowners will often rationalize that the Buyer will get their own inspection anyway, so why should they go to the trouble and expense in getting their own? Exhibiting Scrooge-like behaviour here may not be the wisest choice. Spending a bit of money now could save on many sleepless nights in the future. Pre-inspections can literally buy some peace of mind and Sellers who reject the idea are sometimes setting themselves up for disappointment when their home fails the scrutiny of the Buyer’s property inspector. Think about this. When you go to buy a car, do you want the car dealership’s certification that your chosen chariot is in great shape or do you just take your chances and buy it “as is?” Some would go with the roll of the dice but the vast majority probably would want some written guarantees that the car has the capability of making it off the lot. It is no different with houses. The more assurances that Buyers have that your home is solid and unlikely to give them future
hassles, the more likely it is that your home will sell more quickly and for a higher price. While Sellers have called the shots for the past few years, that’s no longer the case. No problem – adjust. Make your home the best in the neighbourhood by using some pre-market prep – get a pre-listing inspection and if possible, fix the flaws.