Should sellers do a pre-listing inspection when the market is buzzing and it is a seller's market? With homes around the region bidding up with multiple offers, and most buyers waiving the inspection, it would seem a pre-listing inspection is not necessary. However, a pre-listing inspection can make your home even more attractive to buyers.
This way buyers don't have to pay $500 for an inspection and they feel more comfortable waiving it. This also can eliminate pre-inspections and the possibility of having multiple inspectors going through your home before it is under contract.
A pre-listing inspection also lets buyers know exactly what they are getting. You, as a seller, have an option to fix the items on the list - which could increase your home's value even more, or you could just opt to sell your home "as is."
"Sellers who have a home inspection upfront also can identify any major problems that could potentially derail a sale later on at the closing table. Any major repairs can be addressed beforehand. Doing repairs ahead of time might also be more cost-effective than having to pay a buyer's own licensed contractor do the work," according to the National Association of Realtors.
If a home is under contract and an inspection is done as part of the contract - often buyers will use the inspection as a way to negotiate the price down. However, a pre-listing inspection takes that negotiating power away from the buyer's agent.