There are 2 types of inspections that can be made in a real estate transaction, a buyers inspection or a sellers inspection. If you are about to list your home, you may want to consider getting a sellers inspection.
A sellers inspection can give you an advantage when it comes time to listing your home. The inspection will point out any deficiencies, areas that are lacking maintenance as well as positive attributes of the home. As the seller you will have time to address any issues prior to placing your home on the market. It will also give you the opportunity to have the report available to prospective home buyers.
A buyers inspection is recommended on any home that a prospective buyer has signed a purchase agreement on. Whether its a new construction home or a home that was built in the 1900s, an inspection should be made prior to closing on the home. As with the sellers inspection list above, a buyers inspection will point out any deficiencies, areas lacking maintenance as well as positive attributes of the home. The inspection will give you a snapshot of the home you are about to purchase. The inspection will also give you a heads up on any components that may require replacement soon such as roof, furnace, water heater, etc. With your report in hand, you will have an opportunity to address any deficiencies found in the home with the seller. Many times the report can be used as a bargaining tool or at the vary least, request that the seller make the necessary repairs to the deficiencies that were noted in the report.