PRE-OFFER INSPECTION

ABOUT PRE-OFFER INSPECTIONS

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.

WHAT WE Inspect DURING A

pre-Offer HOME INSPECTION:

  • 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. 

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