What is a Pre-sale Home Inspection?
This is a must for new and old homes alike. The inspection process usually takes two to three hours, during which time the house is examined from the ground up and will determine the condition of the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical systems. The structure will also be examined to assure it is sound and to determine the condition of the roof, siding, windows and doors as well as the safety features of the home. The lot should be graded away from the home so that water does not drain toward the home.
The interior of the home is also thoroughly examined for maintenance or cosmetic issues. Pictures are taken of any deficiencies discovered and are included in the inspection report that is delivered to you via e-mail within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection. Many mortgage companies insist on a home inspection report before agreeing to a mortgage, so a pre-sale inspection enables sellers to address problems before the home is even put on the market. It also removes any questions about the condition of the home for the seller and a potential homebuyer, improving the speed, price and likelihood of a sale.
In addition to facilitating the sale of a home, a pre-sale home inspection helps the seller comply with full-disclosure real estate laws, governed by state laws. By focusing on the condition of the property, sellers are less likely to overlook a defect or material fact for which they could later be held liable.