Buying a house is a huge and life-changing decision that you don’t want to take lightly.

Many potential buyers are uneasy about making offers in the hundreds of thousands of dollars without first having a clear understanding of the property that could be their next home. In some markets, however, competition is so fierce that waiting until after you put your bid in basically puts you behind every other offer.

To Make an Offer or Not? That’s the Question a Pre-Offer Inspection Can Help You Answer.

Most buyer’s inspections are done after an offer has been made on the home as a part of the purchase contract. However, some buyers want to understand the condition and status of the home before they’re locked in with an offer and a contract.

So what’s the answer? A pre-offer inspection

A pre-offer inspection could save you from getting stuck with a home with major structural issues. These inspections lay all the cards on the table to help you decide whether to move forward with an offer, or whether to walk away.

Many inspection companies are now doing quick “walk-through” inspections, which are incomplete and substandard. At MKC, we only do full pre-offer inspections. This ensures that you will get all the components and systems inspected and all your questions answered.

No More Guessing Games. Make an Informed Decision with MKC’s Pre-Offer Inspection.

So along with the information you’ll gain from the inspection, pre-offer property inspections simplify and expedite the buying process.

You’ll also gain a valuable asset in MKC. We will answer all of your questions and be your go-to resource long after the inspection is over.

You’re welcome to join us on inspection day to get a firsthand look at what we uncover, ask any questions, and look for specific feedback on certain areas of the property.



  • Exterior: Wall cladding, windows, doors, eaves, trims, decks, porches, entryways, steps, grading, and drainage
  • Roofing: Roof system, roof penetrations, roof drainage, and roof structure, chimney
  • Structure: Foundation, structural framing, floor, walls, ceiling framing, and roof framing
  • Heating and Air Conditioning: Furnace system, boiler system, HVAC system, ducts, vents, tanks, fuel supply system, and main fuel shutoff
  • Plumbing: Supply and waste piping, main supply shutoff, drains, traps, and vent piping
  • Electrical: Service entrance cable, meter area, grounding, main disconnect, main and sub panels, GFCI breakers and receptacles, AFCI breakers, switches, and exposed branch wiring
  • Interior: Walls, floors, ceilings, trim, windows, door, other cabinetry, and all interior components
  • Appliances: Dishwasher, oven range, other miscellaneous permanently installed appliances and components



Pre-Offer Inspection FAQs

Still have questions? Check below to see if we’ve answered them. If not, check out our FAQ page or reach out to us.

How long does a pre-offer inspection take?
Most inspections take between 2 to 4 hours. The time it takes to conduct a home inspection depends on the size, type, and how much of the construction is complete. We take as much time necessary to fully and completely inspect the property.
Does the seller have to fix all (or any) of the things you find in the pre-offer home inspection?
No. Sellers are not required by law to fix anything observed in the home Inspection report, except anything that is in violation of law or other MA regulations.
How should I negotiate with the seller after the home inspection? Should I still make an offer even if there are problems?
We cannot advise you on how you should negotiate or move forward with your transaction, offer, or contract. You should seek the professional advice of a real estate attorney. Our job is to inform you of the condition of the property only.
What will my inspection report look like?
Our interactive sample report will show you everything we cover in our inspections.
Why don't you do "walk-through" pre-offer inspections?

Walk-through inspections are brief inspections with no report, often done during open houses and other short visits to the property. This is no setting in which to fully reveal issues and problems that might be present in a home.

We only do full inspections because defects in a home’s systems often require time to discover, analysis of many details including running water, thermostats, electrical panels, appliances, crawlspaces and attics, and other detailed observations and documentation of the home.

You will leave the inspection with a full understanding of the significant issues in the home, and we issue a complete, full report. Anything less than this is taking on far too much risk, and we don’t want you to do that. These inspections take the same amount of time that our usual buyer’s inspections take, which is about 2-4 hours. 


Contact MKC Associates today to schedule home inspection services in Greater Boston and Central Massachusetts.

Buyers Home Inspection

Buyer’s Inspection

Buying a home is likely one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s so crucial that buyers understand exactly what they’re getting into. During a buyer’s inspection, we form a close partnership with the buyer. We’ll be your guide as we explain any property defects or issues we uncover. We’ll also answer any questions you have.

Pre Listing Inspection

Pre-Listing Inspection

If you’re selling a home or property, it’s a good idea to have it inspected before it’s listed. Houses with a pre-listing inspection are more attractive to potential buyers. Pre-listing inspections give sellers the chance to work with us to uncover issues or necessary repairs. We’ll also give you our expert recommendations on what repairs to make before showing the property.

New Construction Inspection

New Construction HOME Inspection

Before the final walk-through with the builder, a new home should undergo a new construction home inspection. We thoroughly search the home for building defects and anything that may have been overlooked during construction. This allows the builder to better prepare the home for its walk-through, which results in an easier and smoother move-in experience.

11 Month Warranty Inspection

ONE YEAR HOME Warranty Inspection

Many newly constructed homes are sold along with a 12-month builder’s warranty that covers the cost of repairs associated with constructional defects. During a one year home warranty inspection, we help homeowners identify the repairs they should request before their warranty expires. This prevents you from becoming financially responsible for problems that should fall to the original builder.

Re Inspection


After a buyer’s home inspection, the buyer and seller of a home will come to an agreement about what repairs should be made before closing. Once those repairs are made, a re-inspection can be performed in order to ensure all agreements were honored and that the necessary repairs were made.

Commercial Building Inspection

Commercial Building Inspection

During a commercial property inspection, we help buyers of commercial buildings better understand their potential new property before making the final purchase. Just like our home inspection services, we make sure that our commercial inspections are thorough and backed by our experienced and dedicated inspectors. We provide you with a detailed report that clearly breaks down our findings and recommendations.


Contact MKC Associates today to schedule home inspection services in the Greater Boston area.

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