The Home Inspection for Sellers

As part of their due diligence a Buyer will usually order and pay for their own home inspection. However, it can be advantageous to a Seller to provide a favorable home inspection report to potential buyers before they write an offer. Proof of any repairs should also be provided to prospective purchasers. If a Buyer has a positive home inspection report in hand when writing their purchase contract, they may offer a better price and more attractive terms.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a thorough review of a home’s structure and systems by a certified home inspector. A buyer can cancel escrow or request repairs if issues are uncovered. According to the National Association of REALTORS® the most common reasons for homes to fall out of contract are home inspection discoveries, financing problems and appraisal issues. As a Seller there are actions you can take to minimize the chances an unfavorable report will be delivered to your Buyer.

What is inspected in a home inspection?

  • Structural conditions such as the foundation, beams and floors
  • Roof condition
  • Functionality of appliances
  • Condition and quality of plumbing
  • Electrical system functionality and whether wiring is to code

A home inspector also looks for safety issues such as tripping hazards, stairs that are not to code, loose handrails, etc.

What is not inspected in a home inspection?

A home inspector will generally not check septic systems, wells, underground pipes or sprinkler systems, swimming pools and spas, or playground equipment. A home inspector might examine the visible elements of a rainwater catchment system, but water testing is not included in a typical home inspection.

How can I prepare for a home inspection?

  • Consider what is going to be inspected and deal with obvious issues in advance
  • Clean your home
  • Remove or crate pets
  • Make sure all lightbulbs are working
  • Empty your washing machine, dryer, oven and dishwasher
  • Make sure your attic, crawlspace, garage and any sheds are accessible
  • Leave a note for the inspector about any repairs you’re making
  • Provide relevant documents about maintenance and repairs
  • Leave your phone number for the inspector
  • Leave your house

Who does home inspections on the Big Island?

Three home inspection companies on the Big Island are HouseMaster of Hawaii, Pacific Inspection Group and Leyva Property Inspections.


Jack Stamm and Jeff Lux are the HouseMaster of Hawaii home inspection team. Jack brings 20 years of hotel engineering and home construction experience to the job. He’s a member of the National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Jeff brings 20 years of home inspection experience where he’s performed over 10,000 home inspections on the Big Island. Jeff is also a member of NIBI and a member of American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA). HouseMaster delivers a comprehensive digital inspection report with photos the same day of the inspection. Contact Erin at 808.443.7374 with questions or schedule your inspection online.

A recent HouseMaster inspection provided information that was crucial to my off-island buyers deciding whether to pursue a home purchase. Due to serious issues with the roof construction that Jeff discovered, and other construction quality concerns, my buyers decided against buying the home. The photographs of the roof were helpful to the buyers and also to me when I explained why we were canceling escrow.


Tom Burgess, owner of Pacific Inspection Group Hawaii is a Board Certified Master Inspector and member of InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He’s inspected over 6,000 properties and has both residential and commercial inspection experience. Pacific Inspection Group is a veteran-owned business and offers a 10% discount to vets. Pacific Inspection Group inspects rainwater catchment systems and provides water testing services for FHA/USDA/VA loans. They perform inspections on Saturdays. Contact Tom at 808.344.9474 for a quote or schedule your inspection online.

A recent inspection performed by Scot of Pacific Inspection Group identified important concerns regarding the long-term functioning of a rainwater catchment system. The report made recommendations that will be useful to my buyer in improving and maintaining the system to ensure its future functioning.


Chief Inspector Daniel Leyva has 27 years of experience and 10 certifications covering all facets of construction and a degree in Building Inspection Technology. He’s a certified inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). He performs residential, commercial, new construction and progress inspections. The inspection report itemizes the condition of all structural and operational details and is usually provided within 24 hours. Call 808.464.7900 or request an inspection. 

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Copyright© Lisa A. Kramer. All rights reserved // August 2021

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Aloha! I’m a real estate agent on the wonderful and amazing Big Island of Hawaii. I live up the hill from Keauhou Bay, just south of downtown Kailua-Kona. I love to help people. If I can be of assistance, get in touch.

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