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Home Inspection Prior To Listing


Most of us wait until after we have a contract offer before we move forward on a full home inspection.

The normal procedure  in our Baltimore area...the buyer orders and pays for all the inspections.


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 There can be many in addition to the general inspection.

To name a few... radon, septic, well yield, water quality, chimney, mold, structural, roof, HVAC, termite, water penetration, in ground pools, spas, jetted tubs, polybutylene piping, underground oil tanks, electrical and lead based paint inspections.


For those of us in the business for a while...we have seen challenges with all of the above.

An inspection can take many hours...why not get it out of the way prior to listing?

Recently went out on a listing appointment and the seller asked me to walk through the home and let them know what they needed to do to get the house ready for the market. I always give my suggestions to the obvious things like fixing,  curb appeal, repairing, painting, cleaning, de-cluttering etc.

But recently I am thinking it might be wise to do a full inspection BEFORE  listing.

Some may argue...the seller  has to disclose whatever is found.

Well yes. That is the idea.  When you know what needs to be done...go ahead and have it fixed BEFORE it hits the market, BEFORE an offer comes in.

Be prepared! Be proactive. If there is a concern...have it addressed. If you have a defect in the roof...that's nice to know BEFORE there is a problem.

You can then share the inspection when the buyer makes an offer along with the  documentation of the repaired items or an estimate to do the repairs.


How many are doing home inspections prior to listing the property?


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Comment balloon 13 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • February 19 2017 03:38AM
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