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Sellers Inspections

While many cities in the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area require a Truth in Housing evaluation before listing a house for sale, more and more Realtors are having their sellers get private home inspections before putting them up for sale, whether a Truth in Housing evaluation is required or not.

A private seller's inspection is the equivalent of a buyers inspection, but of course the client is the person selling the home, not the person buying it.  Sellers may choose to make the final inspection report available for potential buyers to see, or they may keep it private.  In either case, this is a fantastic way for sellers to learn exactly what will be found at their home when their buyer's have an inspection performed, and will give them a chance to repair any problems.

If the seller chooses to make the inspection report a public document, this can make the home a more attractive property for potential buyers by giving them better peace of mind about a property before even writing an offer on it.  A sellers inspection will also make the negotiation process much easier for all parties involved.  Here are two potential scenarios:

No seller's inspection - A buyer writes an offer on a home, the offer is accepted, and the purchase is contingent upon an inspection.  The inspection is performed three days later, and several issues are identified.  Assuming the buyers still want the house after discovering all these things they didn't know about the home, they now ask the seller to fix the items.  Several things can happen at this point - the seller might offer to discount the price of the home, rush to do the repairs, or even refuse to do anything, which might kill the deal.  None of these options are ideal for seller, and negotiations will need to take place.

Seller has home inspected before listing - The inspector identifies several issues with the home, and the seller takes their leisurely time in getting the items corrected or repaired.  They confidently list their home, and look forward to the buyer's home inspection, knowing that nothing is going to come up that they didn't already know about.  If there are items that the seller decides not to fix, they might just list those items on a disclosure form, so any potential buyer knows that this is what they are buying, and there are no negotiations later on in the buying process.

Sellers inspections are becoming more and more popular, especially in today's market where there is such a high inventory of homes for sale.  Many Realtors that work with us have us inspect every house they list for sale, because it makes the selling process go so much smoother for all parties involved.   

One last thing - make sure you hire an excellent home inspector.  A home inspection that misses or glosses over problems can do more harm than good.  While there is a large range in prices for home inspections between different companies, remember; you get what you pay for.

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections - Email - Minneapolis Home Inspections


I didn't kill the deal, the house did.

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections


Comment balloon 5 commentsReuben Saltzman • February 23 2009 06:31AM



This is a great idea! "Experts work cheep." A home owner can't insure himself against everything that comes up, he can only tell the truth as he sees it, but he can be libel for what he doesn't see or should have seen. By hiring a licensed professorial he shows good faith and puts an E & O policy between his wallet and the buyer's attorney! A few hundred is cheep protection. Add a warranty your house maybe a much safer investment that the competition, a great asset in today's buyer's market.

Great idea!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

I have a deal worked out where the home is inspected and the price is low. Then he places a condensed version in the home folder with his contact info. The full version is available to the buyer at a discounted price.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Pre-inspections can help an un-handy seller understand the issues their property will have in a negotiation - let alone discloseable problems.

Happy listing and selling!

Posted by Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA ( & over 11 years ago

Laura, I like your idea.  What would typically be a discounted price?  Have a great day.   Thanks again.

Posted by Kevin Cavanaugh, Lic. Associate Broker, ABR, GREEN (Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty) over 11 years ago

Ruben, I think pre-inspections are a great idea. That way there should be no surprises when an offer comes in.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 11 years ago