Verbal Inspection


How Can Home Sellers Level the Playing Field?

Pre-Listing InspectionThere 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. Visual Inspection

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 Inspections

Verbal InspectionSave more money by getting a verbal inspection rather than a full written inspection. Our experienced home inspectors are available for walk-through consultation. 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: $209
    • Single Family Houses up to 3,000 sq. ft. include a one-hour consultation. Price: $259
    • Single Family Houses between 3,001 and 5,000 sq. ft. include a 2-hour consultation. Price: $309
    • Single Family Houses over 5,000 sq. ft. and includes a 3-hour consultation. Price: $495
    • 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.
  • No ongoing consultation about the house.
  • No drain line video inspection.
  • No comprehensive inspections such as checking all windows, receptacles, appliances, etc.
  • No exact determination of the age of components, or life remaining.

What you should expect:

  • A fast paced walk-through of the house.
  • You should be ready to take notes.
  • This is not a substitute for a full home inspection.
  • Seller must be present at the consultation.
  • Payment is due prior to the 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.