Home inspectors have the power to send all parties back to the negotiation table. Some sellers are taking the precautionary step of having a pre-listing inspection done before putting their house on the market.
“The buyer has the upper hand when they have an inspection” says Jessica Edwards, Coldwell Banker consumer specialist and real estate professional. “If you are willing to do it ahead of time, you give the control back to the seller.”
Pre-listing inspection will help to identify any problems that could potentially overturn the sale. Major repairs can be addressed beforehand. It can also be cost-effective rather than having to pay a buyer’s own licensed contractor do the work, which is often the case. This type of inspection will help the sellers adjust their asking price if they aren’t willing to do certain repairs.