Many homeowners view a pre-listing home inspection as an unnecessary and time-consuming obstacle to overcome before they can put their homes on the market. As a result, many sellers choose to let potential buyers order and pay for an inspection. Before you go this route, consider the ways in which a pre-listing inspection can speed up and streamline the selling process.

When you get a pre-listing inspection, you can identify issues prior to listing your home on the market. With the knowledge you glean from the report, you can do one of two things: Choose to make the repairs before listing your home or disclose issues to potential buyers. Whatever you do, by being proactive, you can prevent lengthy negotiations and even deter nonserious buyers, two outcomes that equate to a faster turnaround.