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How to Know If Getting a Pre-Inspection Is Right for You

Maynard Wagner

Maynard Wagner leads the team with over 17 years of experience serving the greater Seattle and Eastside areas...

Maynard Wagner leads the team with over 17 years of experience serving the greater Seattle and Eastside areas...

Sep 24 2 minutes read

There are both pros and cons to getting a home inspection, but the pros usually outweigh the cons.

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Getting a pre-inspection comes with its own set of pros and cons you should consider if you’re a seller getting your home ready for the market. 

There are two primary reasons that sellers elect not to get a pre-inspection. The first is that it costs money, so why not pass that expense onto the buyer? Second, if you find something, you’ll have to disclose that issue. Why not let the buyer discover that on their own?

On the surface, those might seem like two good reasons to not to get pre-inspection, but there are quite a few reasons in favor of getting a pre-inspection.

First, you’ll be able to identify issues up front and fix them if you so choose. 

Second, you can provide that pre-inspection report to buyers so they don’t have to do it themselves, which might make them more inclined to make an offer.

"Many of our sellers choose to pay for a pre-inspection."

Third, if buyers have this inspection report upfront, they may choose to waive their own inspection, which would strengthen their offer and make it less likely they’ll back out of the deal because of any issues they find. 

Lastly, knowledge is power. Many of our sellers choose to pay for a pre-inspection so they’re aware of what’s going on, they can disclose those issues up front and make repairs as needed, and buyers can appreciate their honesty and the paid-for inspection. 

However, keep in mind that not every situation is the same, so it would be a good idea to discuss this topic with your Realtor before making a decision. 

If you have any other real estate questions or you’re thinking of buying or selling in our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

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