Are sellers required to have a home inspection report before listing their home for sale?

The short answer is NO. A report completed by a licensed home inspector is not required to sell your home in Washington state.

However, a home inspection report can be very valuable to sellers.

First, it can identify any critical safety issues or other problems that may make your home less sellable. You can address potential problems before listing your home to ensure your home sells fast and that you get top dollar.

Second, if the inspection shows no major problems, the report can serve as a strong selling point to buyers. And it saves buyers time and money since they don’t need to order another inspection on the home.

Buyers will feel a lot more comfortable making “AS IS” offers if the home has been recently inspected by a licensed inspector. These inspections are called prelisting inspections because they are done before a seller lists the home for sale.

Prelisting inspections are very useful for listing your home For Sale By Owner (FSBO) because they provide an objective analysis of your home, something a real estate agent does for much more money.

Home inspection reports are also a valuable tool to help real estate agents sell your home. Agents can refer to the report to help answer any questions a potential buyer may have.

By Washington Inspections LLC –“Better inspections in half the time” with 2 licensed inspectors per job. Father-son team.  Certified and licensed home inspectors in Gig Harbor and Tacoma and primarily service Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and S. King Counties.