Pre-Listing Inspections

By: Mike Leggett | Published On: August 28, 2018 | Categories: Pre-listing inspections, The Home Inspection

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you might be wondering if you should do a pre-listing home inspection and how much is a pre-listing home inspection. The BrickKicker is happy to help. Learn the basics of a pre-listing home inspection here, and when you’re ready to schedule one, give us a call.

What is a Pre-Listing Inspection?

A pre-listing inspection is simply a comprehensive inspection of your home by a professional to help identify any maintenance or repair issues BEFORE you list your home for sale. Homeowners typically wait until a potential buyer wants to purchase their home, and then the home buyer pays for an inspection. But then you have to negotiate repairs and run the risk of having the buyer change their mind about the sale.

How Much is a Pre Listing Inspection?

How much is a pre-listing inspection? It can cost hundreds of dollars or more depending on:

  • *The size of the home
  • *The age of the home
  • *The condition of the house
  • *The location of the property

What is a Pre-Listing Walk and Talk?

If a pre-listing inspection is a bit beyond your budget, The BrickKicker offers a unique option: the Pre-Listing Walk and Talk. It is not an inspection at all, but rather a consultation. The seller hires a qualified ASHI Certified Inspector to do the consultation before putting the home on the market. As a result, the seller learns about any deficiencies or deferred maintenance that needs correcting before the house goes on the market. Then, they can decide how to handle them. 
The significant difference between the Pre-Listing Walk and Talk and a typical home inspection is that there is no written report. The seller is encouraged to take their own notes and decide what will be updated before settling on a list price with their Realtor. In this way, they can appropriately allocate their resources, anticipate any concessions the buyer may request, and price the home accordingly.

Pre-Listing Inspection vs. Buyer Inspection

What is the difference between a pre-listing inspection vs. a buyer inspection? The only significant difference is who pays for it. A pre-listing inspection is paid for by the seller, and a buyer pays for a buyer inspection. However, doing a pre-emptive pre-listing inspection can save the home seller a great deal of hassle and even money because it prevents surprises and post-inspection negotiations. 

The BrickKicker is at Your Service

We are here for you in good times and bad, from a Pre-Listing Walk and Talk to radon testing and more. Contact us to experience The BrickKicker difference today. We are always happy to answer your questions and help in any way that we can. Give us a call today!

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