Thursday, February 07, 2019 / by Matt Bergman
One question that sellers ask me is should I pre-inspect my house before I list it? This is a great question and just like most things there are some Pros and Cons to doing it. Depending on the sellers house and the housing market my answer could change. Below I will make a case why a seller should and why the seller shouldn't
Why The Seller Should: The seller will get a jump start on fixing any major issues that come up in the inspection. A Buyer asking the Seller to fix major issues on a house is super common. So the seller could have it all taken care of before they even ask for it, and if you have nothing to fix because you already fixed it, the closing process could speed up. If the seller decides they don't want to fix anything that came up on the inspection they will have time to get a game plan of what they would be willing to do if the buyer request it. After the pre-inspection the seller will have a great idea of what the buyer might ask for and will have plenty of time to think about what they are willing to pay for or do for the buyer. If the seller didn't get the inspection they would have to make a decision much faster and could feel rushed to come up with an answer. The seller and the selling agent would have a better idea of what to price the house for after the inspection and if they decided to fix the issues or not. Also with the pre-inspection could be a thing that puts the buyers at ease to make an offer and just make them have one less question about the sellers house.
Why Sellers Shouldn't: Getting a pre-inspection will cost the sellers money they don't have to spend.Whether the seller has one or doesn't the buyers will want to get one done for themselves. The buyers will trust their inspection person more than they will the sellers. The people who do the inspections have differing opinions, so one might say one thing and the other will say something different and not point out certain things. If the seller has to a pre-inspection they will have to disclose everything that they found out about it, so all the little things that every house has will have to be disclosed and the buyers will be able to see that stuff before they see your house and could make them not come or judge the sellers house more critically. Depending on the market the seller could say we're selling it as is and wont fix anything, in a sellers market the buyers have less houses to look at and cant get to crazy with demands in getting things fixed.
As you can see there are good reasons to do it and good reason not to do it. It all depends on the sellers house and the housing market at the time of selling. But this is worth a conversation between the seller and listing agent before the house is listed.