The simple answer is no! The seller doesn't need to get a home inspection done to sell their house BUT,...... MOST house buyers will have a home inspection done on the house they are interested in buying.
Part of due diligence for MOST home buyers is to have a home inspection performed on the home they are interested in buying. Most Realtors will strongly suggest to their clients to get an inspection done on any house they write on offer on.
For the home buyer,....
..a good home inspection helps you to better evaluate the viability of a their future home by exposing unforeseen costs, and can help to avoid buying a house with serious repairs that need immediate attention.
Below are a few things you should know about home inspections.
Know the Certifications – Home Inspectors can receive a variety of inspection related certifications from the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and similar organizations. Some examples are-
Four Point Inspector
HVAC Inspector Etc.
Detail Oriented – If a home inspector is truly detail oriented, they should be able to find a variety of concerns and imperfections of varying degrees of seriousness. Hiring the cheapest home inspector can be a mistake, because you can lose that attention to detail and experience. A novice home inspector may merely recommend that a specialist (electrician, plumber) look at an issue without articulating what the issue is.
Ask Questions and Take Notes – Good inspectors will be willing to share with you their thought process and the criteria they are looking for. This will give you a more detailed understanding of each concern.
Ask for Estimates – Inspectors should ideally give an estimate of the cost to replace or repair the areas of concern. They will most likely be hesitant to make any formal or written estimates due to potential liability, but should provide you with a basic range. That said, you should also get a second opinion via a walk through with a contractor. Contractors should be able to provide a more concrete estimate.
For the home seller (You),....
... a good home inspection may be cause for some concern. If you NEED TO SELL YOUR HOUSE FAST,this has the potential to lengthen the time to sell. You will have to go through this process for every serious potential homebuyer. A potential buyer may want you to FIX ITEMS of concern or ask for seller concessions (money at closing or lowering the offer price). The home inspection may reveal major home defects that even you didn't know!! This could make selling to a Retail buyer impossible without you spending a ton of money to do repairs!
WHAT CAN A SELLER DO IN THIS SITUATION?!
Fortunately we at http://WeBuySouthernMDHomes.com are not your typical home buyer! We are investors, therefore we buy properties AS-IS, FAST FOR CASH!! You are never required or asked to make a repair. Upon signing a sales agreement with our company, we will have our own contractors do a quick 15-30 min walk through. This walk-through is just for our team in anticipation of US starting any type of rehab work. In fact, we love houses that need repair and/or ugly! It allows us to turn an ugly duckling of a house into a swan!
CALL US NOW, so we can make you a no obligation offer to buy your house!