If you have a house for sale
in town, your buyers will probably include a structural inspection
contingency in the contract which will allow them to have an expert check the
house and the major systems and appliances.
A professional structural inspector can help
buyers to "know" the house and to feel comfortable with it, but the
inspection does not result in a pass or fail grade. The buyers will learn
important things about the house, such as where the water cutoff valve is
located, in case of an emergency. The inspection may also help buyers set up a
budget for repairs and determine if they want to invest in cost-effective
measures to increase energy efficiency.
Buyers rarely back out of a sale after a
structural inspection. Even if there are problems, you have the opportunity to
negotiate a compromise and avoid any obstacles that could seriously threaten the