For Home Sellers

To give you an advantage over other Sellers in your neighborhood, and to help make your Florida home more attractive to Buyers, consider a Pre-Listing Seller Inspection of your home performed by the home inspection professionals at Harwood Inspections.

There are numerous advantages to conducting a pre-listing inspection. Eliminate objections before they become objections by making necessary home repairs now. Avoid Surprises.Obtain knowledge of your home's condition before the Buyers have it inspected. Have the confidence that comes with knowing the true condition of your home.Avoid the stress of being under the gun to make required repairs as required in the terms of your purchase agreement. Make needed repairs in advance so that they do not become a negotiating stumbling block.

These are just a few of the many advantages created by a Certified Pre-Listing Seller Inspection offered by Harwood Inspection Services.

Easing The Transaction For A Home Seller

Home sellers are being urged to utilize home inspections prior to listing their homes. Professional inspections can discover unknown conditions allowing sellers an opportunity to perform desired repairs before placing the property on the market. A professional “listing inspection” is just good business, it may facilitate a smoother transaction by putting potential buyers at ease, reducing negotiating points, and bypassing annoying delays.

Home Seller Disclosure Obligations

In Florida a seller is obligated to disclose to a buyer all known facts that materially affect the value of the property being sold and that are not readily observable. The disclosure statement is designed to assist the seller in complying with the disclosure requirements under Florida law and to assist the buyer in evaluating the property being considered. This basically means a seller has a legal obligation to disclose all of the conditions of the property known to them to perspective buyers, which is often accomplished through use of a Seller's Real Property Disclosure Statement.” While the listing inspection report cannot be used as a substitute for that disclosure, it does allow the seller to provide prospective buyers with additional information, based on an unbiased, third party, professional inspection.

Do I Have to Repair Everything Wrong With The House?

A listing inspection report is not intended to be a “do” or repair list for the home. Sellers are not obligated to repair conditions noted in the report, nor are they required to produce a flawless house. With a pre-listing home inspection, potential repair items already known by both parties are subject to any negotiations. A home seller can make repairs as a matter of choice, not obligation; to foster good will or to facilitate the sale. Sellers maintain the legal right to refuse repair demands, except where requirements are set forth by state law, local ordinance, or the real estate purchase contract.

What Is A Pre-Listing Inspection?

An inspection consists of a non-invasive physical examination of a home’s systems, structures and components intended to identify material defects that exist at the time of inspection. The heating and cooling equipment is activated along with operating plumbing fixtures, testing accessible electrical outlets and fixtures, and operating a representative sampling of doors and windows. Visual inspection of the roof, walls and drainage adjacent to the home are included. Because of the wide range of construction practices and the “normal” wear and tear placed on the components of home, a professional home inspection can help provide a wealth of information to a home seller anxious to convey the condition of their home to perspective buyers.

Do I Really Need An Inspection?

As a seller, if you have owned your property for a period of time, an inspection can help identify potential problems and recommend preventive measures, which might avoid future expensive repairs. There is no such thing as a home that is too new or too well built to benefit from a professional inspection. Anyone advising against an inspection is doing a disservice to the homebuyer. Many problems frequently encountered after the buyer moves in, are a routine discovery for a qualified home inspection.

Is There Anything I Can Do Better To Maintain My Home?

Inspection reports often identify the same neglected maintenance items. Performing some basic maintenance can help keep your home in better condition, thus reduce the chance of those conditions showing up on the inspection report. To present a better maintained home to perspective buyers follow these tips from the California Real Estate Inspection Association. Most of these items can be accomplished with little or no cost, while the benefits of selling a well maintained home can be worth the effort.

Clean both rain gutters and any roof debris and trim back excessive foliage from the exterior siding.Divert all water away from the house (for example, rain-gutter downspouts, sump pump discharge locations, and clean out garage and basement interiors.Clean or replace all furnace filters.


Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding (preferable 6-8 inches of clearance).Paint all weathered exterior wood and caulk around trim, chimneys, windows, doors, and all exterior wall penetrations.


Make sure all windows and doors are in proper operating condition; replace cracked windowpanes.Replace burned out light bulbs.Make sure all of the plumbing fixtures are in spotless condition (toilets, tubs, showers, sinks) and in proper working order (repair leaks).


Provide clear access to both attic and foundation crawl spaces, heating/cooling systems, water heater/s, electrical main and distribution panels and remove the car/s from the garage.


And finally, if the house is vacant make sure that all utilities are turned on. Should the water, gas or electric be off at the time of inspection the inspector will not turn them on. Therefore, the inspection process will be incomplete, which may possibly affect the time frame in removing sales contract contingencies.