Verbal Home Inspection

How Can Home Sellers Level the Playing Field?

There is no question that home buyers have the upper hand when negotiating for repairs or a credit back from the sellers. When a buyer receives their home inspection report that lists numerous defects they either ask for repairs, a lot of money, or they walk away from the house. Here’s how a pre-listing inspection can help you sell your house faster and at full price.

Save Money on Repairs

When a repair item turns up in a home inspection report, sellers don’t have the luxury of time to get the best deal. Quotes come in quickly and often buyers request money to cover the high cost. With a pre-listing inspection you can negotiate with contractors and get the best price for repairs.

Avoid Having Buyers Walk Away

Sometimes it isn’t the significance of a repair but the number of repairs that scares buyers. Numerous defects, even if they are minor, convey a message that a house wasn’t well-maintained. A pre-listing inspection can identify these smaller items giving you the chance to correct them before a buyer has a home inspection. A short inspection report makes buyers happy.

Verbal-Only Home Inspections

Save more money by getting a verbal home inspection rather than a full written inspection. Our experienced home inspectors are available for walk through inspections. This is an ideal solution. A verbal inspection is limited in scope.  There is no written report created and no pictures are taken. The inspector will tell you everything they would write in a buyer’s inspection so that you can take notes and fix items on your schedule. You will walk away with a great amount of knowledge about the house, but it is not a substitute for a full home inspection.

What’s included:

  • One inspector for the time frame listed below.
    • Condo/Townhouse includes a one hour consultation. Price: $175
    • Single Family Houses up to 3,000 sq. ft. include a one hour consultation. Price: $225
    • Single Family Houses between 3,001 and 5,000 sq. ft. include a 2 hour consultation. Price: $275
    • Single Family Houses between 5,001 and 8,000 sq. ft. include a 2 hour consultation. Price: $350
    • Single Family House over 8,000 sq. ft. include a 2.5 hour consultation. Price: $450
  • A $50 discount applies to a full inspection of the same house if ordered within 60 days.

What’s not included:

  • No written report will be issued.
  • No photos will be taken.
  • Ongoing consultation about the house.
  • Drain line video inspections.
  • Comprehensive inspections such as checking all windows, receptacles, appliances, etc.
  • Exact determination of age of components.

What you should expect:

  • A fast paced walk though of the house.
  • You should be ready to take notes.
  • This is not a substitute for a full home inspection.
  • Payment is due at time of inspection. (We don’t bill through escrow)


** A note about disclosure **

It is always incumbent on the seller to disclose items in compliance with California disclosure laws. The Verbal Inspection will identify numerous repair items that may not meet the threshold of a disclosable item such as a dirty air filter or a garage door that requires adjustment. The benefit is that these items can be repaired ahead of the buyer’s inspection resulting in a shorter, cleaner report and thus a short request for repairs.

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