Conducting a pre-inspection is a great way to greatly strengthen an offer while still conducting an inspection so you feel comfortable in your purchase. By conducting an inspection prior to making an offer, 1. you know what you’re getting into.
You know what you’re getting into.
The offer will not be contingent on the inspection as you’ve already conducted one, which is very appealing to a seller (there is no longer an asterix attached to your offer price).
Your timeline will now be faster (which is normally appealing to the seller).
The downsides of this are that you are paying for the inspection prior to having an accepted offer- meaning there is no guarantee that you’ll be the accepted offer... (though obviously the idea is that you have a much better chance getting the offer accepted).
Because of this, pre-inspections should be reserved for properties that a buyer is very serious about. Sometimes, sellers won’t allow you to conduct a pre-inspection but if they do, it can greatly strengthen your offer.