Pre-listing home inspection

How a Pre-Listing inspection can help you sell your home faster and for more money.

Many sellers believe that a home inspection should be paid for by a potential buyer prior to the sale. In reality, buyer inspections often result in a reduced offer, and sometimes scare buyers off altogether. Pre-listing inspections set realistic expectations and prevent surprises that result in costly 11th hour re-negotiations.

Home sellers are turning to new strategies to sell quickly and at the right price” hiring inspectors before they put their homes on the market.
Liz Moore, an expert Real Estate broker and small business person of the year in Newport News, Va., says her firm pays for a pre-listing home inspection for all her sellers. “It’s fair to say that is the reason our listings sell 30% faster than the market average,” she says. And early anecdotal evidence suggests that inspected houses consistently sell for a few thousand dollars more.
~USA Today

The buyer has the upper hand when they have a home inspection, says Coldwell Banker consumer specialist and agent Jessica Edwards. If you are willing to do a pre-listing home inspection ahead of time, you give the control back to the seller.

Zillow tips of the year –Disclose and inspect upfront

9 Benefits of a Pre-Listing “Certified Pre-Owned Home”:

  • Helps you accurately price the home, which reduces time on market
  • Pre-Listings inspections are likely to sell homes faster and for more money
  • Prevents unexpected issues from delaying or derailing a sale later on
  • Gives you time to get reasonable priced contractors or make repairs yourself
  • Advantage inspections highlight positive aspects of a home for added selling points
  • It may alert you of items of immediate concern (e.g. structural problem, etc).
  • Professional reports help your home stand out among other properties


We all know how difficult it can be to find a really good home inspector. If any of you have the opportunity to recommend an inspector for a deal you are working on, or in the future, I HIGHLY recommend Don Egan at Advantage Home Evaluations. He is by far, the most professional, accommodating, and ethical inspector I have dealt with to date. His rates are very reasonable. He will coordinate the pest inspection and do the water test. One stop shopping! He makes it very easy. I’ve been using him for my inspections lately and been extremely pleased. We had a minor issue come up on a home he had inspected and he made himself available to explore the issue and then stood behind his word, in correcting the problem. A rare and very admirable behavior these days. I have been VERY impressed with him, and everyone I’ve recommended him to, has been equally happy. I highly recommend you keep his contact info handy. He’s a great guy!

First, Don is honest, and his work exemplifies that. Next, Don is a pleasure to work with. And he can be counted on.

I would recommend Don.He makes a great point about the pro’s and con’s with a home inspection. It is meant to be informative both positively and negatively.

No better nor more thorough home engineer/inspector on the East End. I highly recommend Don to any and all: professional, competent and reliable.

We were in urgent need of a home inspection to be completed within days of our request. Don Egan at Advantage Home Evaluations accommodated us immediately. He was extremely conscientious, skilled and professional. His Report left no stone unturned. In addition to Don’s expertise and ethics, he was extremely affordable. It is nice to be able to recommend professionals when the opportunity arises, and we recommend Don at Advantage wholeheartedly.