Updated: Aug 3
Having your home pre-inspected helps in several ways:
It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your mandatory disclosure form. #propertypractitionersact
The inspection report helps you see your home through the eyes of an unbiased third party, thus making you more realistic about the asking price.
It informs you of any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates.
The seller is given an opportunity to clarify any misstatements in the report before it's generated for distribution.
A seller inspection may encourage a buyer to waive his/her own inspection contingency.
Deals are less likely to fall apart the way they sometimes do when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals problems at the last minute.
A pre-listing inspection report can be used as a marketing tool to help sell the home at an open house and online.
Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and disputes over property defects which can cause significant delays before the transfer is registered, or even lead to the cancellation of the sale, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected.