Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author  (people first...then business Ran Right Realty )

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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I believe it is smart for a seller to want to have a pre-home inspection and make the necessary repairs so that when the house goes on the market, there will be that confidence that all major repairs have already been taken care of.  

Feb 01, 2023 09:51 AM
Sean Gilliam
LoKation Real Estate - Longmont, CO
Real Estate on the Front Range

I like the idea of doing an inspection prior to listing a home.  I'm a fan of being open and up front about the condition of the home.  I think allowing prospective buyers to look at the inspection report upon request is a good thing.  Especially if it's accompanied by a list of repairs already made or will be made by the seller.  This communicates well with buyers that the seller is open and honest and wants to present the home in good shape to the buyers.  

Feb 01, 2023 09:33 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

It is smart for seller to get an inspection done prior to listing and do the necessary repairs. The report of the home inspector hired by the buyers will be different than the one the seller had done. No need to share it, in my opinion Richie.

Feb 01, 2023 08:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Richie we have been having pre-inspections done for a very long time and the inspector just gives us a list of things to address (not an inspection report). Seller will handle the needed repairs, if any.  If it's anything significant it must be disclosed on the Sellers Property Report.  Buyer will do their own inspection as well and rely on their inspector for guidance. If the buyer asks for repairs they do deliver their inspection report along with the requests.

Feb 01, 2023 10:43 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The report should only be shared once entered into escrow, as far as I'm concerned.  As far as the state is concerned, it only MUST be shared once you've entered escrow.

The only time sharing an inspection report before escrow makes sense is if you know there are significant issues and the seller will not make repairs.

Feb 01, 2023 09:04 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Owner occupied? If they live in subject they need to disclose faults. I guess it depends on what the inspection points out that they decided not to fix. Disclose any health/safety issues and hope they don't call the same inspector???

Paint, scrub, repairs they can afford, scrub again until it smells like roses. 

Feb 01, 2023 09:03 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We would be required to share the inspections. We would also share information about any repairs that have been done. Having done so, the buyer may decide that no additional inspection is needed. If a buyer wishes to submit an offer with a contingency period for inspections, they may be at a disadvantage if there are competing offers submitted.

Feb 01, 2023 10:34 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Always a good idea to find out what to expect in terms of possible inspection snags, if seller is willing to pay for the report. Making necessary adjustments before deficiencies are discovered might expedite closing and avoid last-minute surprises. Buyer agent should still recommend that buyers do their own inspections. 

Feb 01, 2023 10:23 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

In California, Sellers MUST share their inspection reports with the buyers ... all part of the disclosure laws.  

Not doing so could result in what we lovingly refer to as "Failure to Disclose". It keeps attorneys busy ... and profitable. 

Feb 01, 2023 10:20 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I always want to share the inspection up front so the buyer can make an offer based on the inspection.  I think it helps guard against surprises and unreasonable requests for repairs. 

Feb 01, 2023 08:14 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Most Sellers want buyers to obtain their own report.  In Florida you can cancel the contract during inspection period for no reason.  You do not have to share the report with the seller.  😎

Feb 01, 2023 08:34 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Great plan to make this happen.  especially shows the the sellers understand the game we play and are willing to work with you the EXPERT.  

Feb 01, 2023 08:05 AM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

In Texas houses are sold As-Is and is written in Contract. That said there's still an Option Period in which the buyer can get inspection and request repairs. But Seller's are not required to. It just starts another point in negotiations.


But in our SD (Seller Disclosure) it ask if there was a recent Inspection and must be Disclosed... 

Feb 01, 2023 11:40 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It's rare that owners do a home inspection prior to listing. Most of my local colleagues turn their noses up to the thought. I think it could be a good idea for many

Feb 01, 2023 11:35 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I can guarantee you that the buyer's inspector will find more things to address, even after you've done your own inspection.

And presumably, if you do that initial inspection, you'll be addressing some of the issues that were raised.  So the seller will pay for an initial inspection along with any repairs needed.

I usually tell my sellers, just wait for the buyer's inspector to raise any issues and be prepared to address any issues raised, rather than spending money in advance.

Feb 01, 2023 01:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good on paper Richie Alan Naggar but over my career I think it happened once. Much of my career was selling new builds and none of those builders would entertain such an idea.

Feb 01, 2023 08:04 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I think it's a good idea, but I don't list so not something I recommend and I always recommend buyers have an inspection and make them sign a hold harmless if they decide not to have one.

Feb 01, 2023 02:01 PM
Hank Miller, SRA
Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International - Roswell, GA
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser

We're doing our own as buyers and I wouldn't put much faith in anything presented by the seller. I answer this the same as "should we get a prelisting appraisal"? Why? Both are opinions and both will be assumed to favor the seller. Clean the home up, do what needs to be done and let it rip.

Feb 01, 2023 02:01 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Well this has been done before & it crashed & burned years ago. Buyer will never accept the sellers report & it's good they do their own. Seller ends up spending $450 in our area for peace of mind? Not sure it's worth it. Besides, I think that most sellers know what's wrong with their house but will they really be honest with themselves.

Feb 01, 2023 01:48 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Material facts are in that report, MUST disclose the report to the buyer upon opening escrow. MUST! No different than the SPQ and the TDS - must! That's a very risky move not disclosing the report Richie.

I always do inspections prior to MLS unless the seller refuses, but that is both to get ahead of the repairs or price it accordingly if no repairs and to create a disclosure packet in advance for the buyers along with the TDS, SPQ, Prelim and other seller disclosures: we want the offer to reflect the facts and not ambush the buyer once in escrow.

(If the report will blow up the deal, why not find out pre-offer)?
An informed buyer is more apt to write an offer they'll stick by because they already know the worst in the reports and wrote any way. Plus they'll trust the seller more for being upfront.

Feb 01, 2023 06:54 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

RELO Companies usually want the Buyers to receive and Sign a copy of the Original Inspections 

Feb 02, 2023 08:42 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Prelisting inspections definitely have a valuable place depending upon the property & mindset of the seller (i.e. those who don't like surprises).  I think it's a great way to help reduce cancelled contracts & minimize the amount of credits given within the inspection contingency.  We don't have to provide the report here but often do include it so that a buyer can make an informed decision (& then get their own inspection anyway).  Great topic that's top of mind on my desk these days.    

Feb 02, 2023 07:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Like most things, two sides to every story. Depends on your strategy. I have made the report available to potential buyers with the caveat to get their own and withheld it if the seller has performed all repairs. Depends on the situation.

Feb 02, 2023 03:48 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sharing that report before the offer is made eliminates a lot of issues with notices later.

Feb 01, 2023 10:20 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have a contractor who is exceptional - up on the latest code, etc. I have him do a brief run-through of the home, hitting the high-dollar items. If something needs to be repaired, the sellers have him do it.


There's no liability this way and my sellers who have had my contractor do a once-over, 100% of the time do NOT lose a deal due to the buyers' inspection. 

Feb 03, 2023 07:04 PM