What’s a Pre-Inspection and How Does It Matter?
You’ve probably heard of a home inspection, but what is a “pre-inspection”? An inspection before the inspection? Not quite. The “pre” part usually means before there’s an offer or contract on a house. A seller may consider hiring a home inspector before putting a house on the market and buyers might get a pre-inspection before they make an offer. What Does a Home Inspection Cover? This detailed, itemized report determines the condition of home systems, identifies deterioration, and provides recommendations. The home inspection is part of a buyer’s due diligence to ensure the major systems are in good condition and that there are no serious, expensive defects unknown to the seller. Many real estate sales contracts contain a home inspection contingency, which makes the contract conditional upon the outcome of the home inspection report. Also, the buyer’s agent might negotiate a provision requiring the seller to complete needed repairs identified by the inspector before closing. The inspector examines key elements, ensuring proper operation, observing the condition, and noting damage, including the:
- Structure: Foundation and framing
- Interior: Windows, doors, ceilings, walls, floors, attic, and basement
- Plumbing and electrical systems