Any certified home inspector can perform a pre-purchase building inspection, provided that the homeowner makes a few necessary accommodations. As a homeowner, you can start by making sure that power, water, and gas will be turned on at the home while the inspector performs his evaluation. Next, try to clear the space around items such as kitchen appliances, the water heater, and the indoor and outdoor units of the air cooling system. These are all examined separately as part of many home inspections, and the home inspector will need clear access to these items to see them and check that they are working properly. Make sure that the windows and doors are accessible, as well as any indoor and outdoor staircases. Your realtor would require these accommodations during the pre-purchase phase of selling a house, so getting a home ready for the inspector should not require a lot of extra effort.
The structure of the house will be examined for signs that the foundation, electrical systems, and plumbing is in good condition. Any damage to these items will be noted in the written inspection report. Once the pre-purchase inspection is complete, a homeowner will know what issues need to be addressed before selling the home. Small items can be fixed, and larger items will be known about before a potential buyer sets foot in the house.
Many home sellers are concerned that pre-purchase inspections will reveal flaws that they will be obligated to disclose during a sale. In actuality, however, the majority of pre-purchase inspections only turn up minor defects in homes that can be easily corrected. In the rare case that a pre-listing inspection lists major items that need to be repaired, keep in mind that the pre-purchase inspection a potential buyer would pay for would discover the same problem. At that point, however, the purchaser could use the information to walk away from the sale. In most cases, a pre-purchase building inspection turns out to be a great selling point for the homeowner.
By providing a report from a neutral third party attesting to the condition of the home, a homeowner can provide something that many other houses on the market will not have. The home inspection report can also be given to home appraisers and the mortgage company of the buyer’s bank. By having this report, home appraisers can make a quicker and more accurate appraisal of the home, and potential buyers can feel confident that the house was inspected by a third party certified home inspector.