A home inspection done by a professional home inspector is a thorough, in-depth visual examination of the structure and operating components of the home. It includes such components as landscaping effects on the foundation, structural components, roofing, chimneys, gutters and downspouts, siding and trim, attics, plumbing, electrical, heating, interior rooms, and the condition of the crawl space, if you have one.
It is understandable that a seller doesn’t want to hear any bad news, but a few things that need fixing will be easier to handle than lawsuits in the future. That’s why we recommend having an inspection upfront.
These days, if anything goes wrong, buyers are ready to sue at the drop of a hat. The dangerous step occurs when the seller fills out a property disclosure report. This step raises tremendous liability for the seller if the report fails to disclose everything about the house. And sometimes the seller doesn’t know enough to say what needs to be revealed.
The seller can have a home inspection before showing the property to buyers. A pre-listing home inspection will not only reveal the findings the seller needs to be aware of, it can give the seller time to fix any problems before buyers look at the house.
A home inspection before showing the house can reveal things like roof leaks at plumbing penetrations. These types of problems are generally unknown to the seller. And they can be deal breakers. Or if not discovered until after the home is sold, can be the basis of a lawsuit.