The inspection allows the seller to repair issues related to the property that could make the home sale lag, and lead to problems in the selling process.
The pre-sale inspection takes about 3 hours average. and costs from $200-$700.00 . It includes noting the condition of the main systems such as the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. The main appliances are also checked such as the garbage disposal, and dishwasher. The inspector will examine the structural foundation, roof, basement and attic. Also the exterior like the porch, steps, and walkways are included. If there is a structural defect or a an appliance or system that is inoperable it will be noted on the report with photos . The inspector can explain to the seller how to repair an issue, however he/she may recommend that the seller contact a professional who specializes in a specific trade.
The Seller may decide not to repair every issue found in the inspection. They can choose to disclose the defects to the buyers and point out that the asking price has been adjusted to reflect the cost of repairs. This usually shortens the negotiation time. Furthermore, the inspection will satisfy full disclosure real estate laws by focusing on the condition of the property, and is less likely to miss a defect which they could be held liable.
In summary, an inspection will speed up the sale, and protect the seller from being liable, resulting in the likelihood of a sale.