While not as many homeowners get inspections before selling a house, there are some advantages to it. The disadvantage is obviously that we would find a problem that another inspector for buyers might have missed. On the other hand, issues are often determined to be present during the buyers’ inspections that can cause the sale to fall through due to lack of time investigate a major problem such as a foundation problem. It has been my experience that many buyers will not accept a price discount on a house to cover the cost of foundation repairs but instead expect the problem to be satisfactorily resolved before they buy the house. At the least, determining the extent of the problem and the cost to fix it can be disclosed up front and is less likely to scare the buyers than a problem of unknown magnitude. While there are many competent, honest foundation repair estimators, they don’t have as much time to look over a problem as we do.
If we can eliminate the need for only one or two piles/piers by a careful study of the foundation, that has more than paid for the cost of the inspection. And as for the less than honest or competent foundation repair estimators, we have often save homeowners thousands of dollars in unneeded piles or have determined that the numbers of piles are so few that the foundation could not have been leveled properly, which is an equal waste of money. Inspection after foundation repairs is very important since there is no way for the homeowners to determine whether or not the foundation was leveled properly. This also gives an independent set of level readings to them for future warranty purposes with the contractor.
Many owners contemplating selling their home just want an honest assessment of the condition of it before putting it on the market so there are no big surprises.