Pre-Listing Inspection

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Pre-Listing Inspections Offer Home Sellers Peace of Mind and a Quick Closing

Selling a house can be a stressful process. Isn’t a pre-listing inspection just another stressful task on your endless to-do list?

Not at all. In fact, a pre-listing inspection could be one of the best decisions you make before selling your house, ultimately helping you earn more money – faster.

A buyer’s inspection can reveal issues with your home that might lead to even bigger problems. These unknown issues could cause you to incur large expenses unexpectedly, extend the timeline of the entire closing process, or even result in the buyer revoking their offer altogether.

Besides finding any issues associated with the property, a pre-listing inspection can also reveal positive aspects of the home that you can then highlight to increase your home’s value and appeal to buyers.

‘Homes that have a pre-listing inspection sell faster and for more money.’ – Stephen Gladstone, past president, American Society of Home Inspectors

A pre-listing inspection puts you in the driver’s seat by providing you with key information that will help you market, list, and sell more quickly and profitably.

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Pre-Listing Inspection Services

We will thoroughly inspect your property to help you get ahead of potential issues that a buyer’s inspector could flag later on. Our pre-listing inspection will include the following areas, plus many other detailed aspects of the home:

  • 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
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Pre-Listing Inspection Pricing

Pre-listing inspection prices are subject to change based on the size, age, and condition of the property. The prices shown below include a complete inspection, a full report, and a digitized list of follow-up items to note or repair, in addition to as-needed consultation with your home inspector during and after the visit.

Prices starting at:
Condo Inspection: $515.00
Townhouse Condo: $545.00
Single Family Home Inspection: $565.00
Two Family/Two-unit building: $655.00
Three Family/Three-unit Building: $730.00
Four unit building: $805.00
Five units and above: Call for pricing/fees

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Additional optional services with a Home Inspection:
Radon testing (radon in air): $185.00
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection: $95.00
Drone Flyover inspection: $75.00

Prices starting at:
Stand-Alone additional services and inspections (when not done at the same time as a Home Inspection):
Radon Testing (radon in air): $225.00
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection: $95.00
Drone Flyover Inspection: $125.00
Infrared Scan of Home: $325.00

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Pre-Listing Inspection FAQs

As a seller, do I have to fix everything that you find during the pre-listing inspection?
How long does a pre-listing inspection take?
I see on my report that something needs "additional investigation" beyond this inspection. What does that mean?
What will my inspection report look like?

Use Your Detailed Pre-Listing Inspection Report to Prepare for Listing

We take great pride in educating and equipping our clients with industry-leading inspection reports. To help you quickly take action, we provide a full report within 24 hours of the inspection. Click here if you’re interested in seeing a sample inspection report.

If you plan to tackle some of the more manageable repairs after our inspection, we’ll make it easy by creating a list of repairs during the inspection process using a tool called “Repair List Builder.”

Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page to find answers and additional information on our services and approach.

What are the Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection?

If you’re planning to sell your home, even small projects can quickly add up and make you feel overwhelmed. However, many homeowners stand to profit significantly if they have taken care of or improved their property. The investment of time and money in a pre-listing inspection is almost negligible when compared to the financial benefits of anticipating potential repairs and a quicker, smoother closing process. Here are just a few of the top benefits that a pre-listing inspection can provide:

  • Get the asking price that you want and be more confident in addressing potential buyer objections.
  • Demonstrate proactiveness to the buyer in your care for the property. Give them helpful information (if desired) prior to their own buyer’s inspection.
  • Save time and hassle on negotiations, resulting in a faster closing with less headaches.
  • Peace of mind that you’ve sold your home in the best possible condition and a clear conscience when you sign the seller’s disclosure.

What Should I Do after the Pre-Listing Inspection?

You’re not required to fix everything possible before the house is sold as some of these repairs might be unnecessary or purely cosmetic. The buyer’s inspection might not be as detailed as your pre-listing inspection, or the inspector might not note certain issues that were raised during your first inspection.

Additionally, minor cosmetic fixes will often be based on matters of personal taste, which are highly subjective. The buyer will want to put their own personal touch on the home after closing, meaning that you potentially wasted your time and theirs by tackling an unnecessary project.

Here are a few recommendations for how to proceed after getting the results of your pre-listing inspection:

  • If possible, consider addressing minor fixes before listing – especially if they will enhance the home’s curb appeal.
  • For major repairs, evaluate the cost and timeline of completing a replacement or upgrade. Consulting with a contractor can provide an accurate estimate for the required work and materials.
  • Set an asking price that is realistic based on the actual condition of the home when factoring major issues that have been discovered (leaking, septic issues, HVAC repairs, etc.). This will prevent unpleasant surprises after the buyer’s inspection.

What is the Difference Between a Pre-Listing Inspection and Buyer’s Inspection?

A pre-listing is always ordered by and paid for by the seller. The purpose of the pre-listing inspection is to determine if there are issues that are serious enough to affect the safety of the home or the desired listing price. The buyer will typically still order a home inspection of your property before the closing. The buyer’s inspection is intended to help the buyer understand if they want to ask for repairs or, in certain cases, revoke their offer altogether.

What our clients are saying

I am a first time home buyer and like anyone else, was very nervous about the inspection. I came across this company on Yelp and did not know much other than their great reviews here. They were all right. We had Tom Berthiaume and he went above and beyond during the whole process. Not only did he point out everything to use, he did it in a manner in which we could understand, provided recommendations, and gave us a world of knowledge of things we are not familiar with.

Michael Q.

Hired MKC Associates for single family home inspection in Boston. They came recommended by friends who were very pleased with their service. MKC was prompt to respond to my questions prior to the inspection over the phone. The inspection itself was done by Jameson, who was extremely thorough! He inspected every nook and cranny of that house inside and out, very personable, explained what he was looking at and finding as he went along, and followed up with a thorough report with photos. My father is a building commissioner outside of Boston, he was present for the inspection as my trusted back up, and later commented how impressed he was with the MKC inspector.


Our home inspection was with Morgan and we very much appreciated his attention to detail and the time he took to teach us while he inspected. There were several features of our new home we would not have otherwise understood without Morgan. The thoroughness of the written report was also appreciated by the contractors we hired to fix some of the items – everything was laid out and it simplified their planning. We were referred to Morgan by engineering friends of ours and now we understand why – meticulous, thorough, and entirely pleasant!

Athe T.
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