Information for estate agents

Will a home inspection make your sale harder?

It’s is normal to think that a report that tells you everything that’s wrong with the property is counter productive to making your sale. But not when you think that a buyer is naturally very cautious about a house purchase and often wary of the motives of the estate agent.

By recommending a home inspection, the agent builds trust with the buyer and the home inspection will put their mind at ease about what they are buying. You sell so many houses, that you often forget what a big decision it is for someone to buy a house. Any help you can give them will make your sale easier.

Does the inspector go out of his way to find problems?

No. The inspector is looking for genuine defects that the buyer must be made aware of. He will also point out things relating to general maintenance of the home as well as preventative things the buyer can do to avoid unexpected future repair costs.

No house is without defects, every estate agent knows that, and every buyer should understand that.  A buyer often has a good sense of the condition of property, but may not know how serious a particular problem is. For example they may be concerned about a crack or damp that they’ve seen. The inspection report will tell the buyer how the defect can be dealt with without too much fuss and expense.

Ways a home inspection makes a sale easier for the estate agent:

  • Adds credibility to the estate agent.
  • The buyer is more at peace knowing that they have done their due diligence on the most substantial purchase of their lives.
  • Helps the seller realistically price their house.
  • Helps the buyer not to over-estimate the value of defects in their negotiation.

How long does the process take?

  • We can arrange in inspection within a day or 2.
  • The inspection takes approximately 2 hours for a standard 2-3 bedroom home.
  • Beyond arranging access to the property, the estate agent doesn’t have to be present for the entire inspection.
  • The report is typically sent to the client within 48 hours of the inspection.

A home inspection reduces the estate agent’s liability

As an estate agent you often get asked about defects on the home you are trying to sell. Giving the buyer the wrong information can have negative repercussions down the line. But by recommending that the buyer gets an independent home inspection done, they release themselves from this liability. The buyer will appreciate that you have their best interest at heart.

Should a problem surface after the sale, the buyer cannot hold you to blame.