1. There is a lot of verbal communication that takes place, or should take place, during the inspection. A pure read of the report can easily lead to misunderstanding.
2. There are severe limits of liability in the agreement between the person who purchased the inspection and the inspector. Someone who is not party to that agreement has no connection to the inspector and therefore no ability to question them.
3. Every inspector, every seller and every buyer will have a different interpretation of what is important in an inspection. Any combination change of the parties will create different results so it is best to meet with your own inspector, have your own conversations with them and reach your own conclusions about the results of that specific report.
Don't attempt to outguess why a listing agent or seller has responded in a specific way. Simply focus on how you interpret the results of the report that you pay for. Personally I think it is very generous of the seller to offer their report if you make an offer. I don't think that my inspectors would appreciate it.
If you are seriously looking to buy a home, I hope you have been pre approved with a lender & are working with your own buyers agent. Both are free & along with your own inspection, are highly recommended. If you need help with anything, feel free to contact me directly.
Good luck to you in any case,
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The seller is not obligated to disclose the contents of the pre-inspection, but they are obligated to disclose any known defects in the Seller's Disclosure Form. I wouldn't put too much trust in their inspection anyway. If you decide to move forward with an offer, review the Seller's Disclosure carefully before you spend your money on an inspection. Use the best inspector you can find. Like all professions, there are good ones and some that are less than good.
If they will share their inspection with you, once you place an offer you are still free to amend your offer in light of anything you learn there or through your own inspection, provided you have the right contingencies in your offer.
By ALL MEANS, DO NOT use the seller's agent. You need your own representation. You will save money, time and headaches by having a great broker on your team, looking out for your interests alone. Without written permission by the seller, the listing agent only represents the seller.
Good luck with your decision.
That said, maybe there are privacy concerns that the seller has. It may show how their alarm system works or other systems in the home that they don't want out for public consumption.
As a seller, I would not waste any time or effort on you unless you were at least serious enough to write up an offer. It only costs you the time to get it done.
Of course you will have a home inspection contingency, that you could waive if you thought the pre-inspection was objective and thorough.
So, if I was interested in the property, I would write an offer.
Well, the point of a seller doing a pre-inspection is to be aware of any issues that may exist. To that point, they would typically want to correct whatever they possibly could. If you were my buyers, I would encourage you to hire out your own inspection to determine what any potential problems are and also to show you more about the property; where the water turnoff is, age of the furnace and all aspects of a property that you should be aware of as a purchaser. Any inspection is owned by whoever paid for it so they are not bound to share it but it is curious that you know that they did an inspection if they were not prepared to share it. So, again, if you are serious about this home, hire your own inspector and listen to all they have to say and make your decision based on that information. Best wishes!