When a listed home is designated "Certified Pre-Owned," it means that it's been examined top to bottom by a certified inspector and any problems are recognized, remedied or disclosed.

It's a good investment for the seller, and a positive selling point for the buyer.

A pre-market inspection, which is conducted for the seller, is carried out in the same way and is priced in the same way as an inspection conducted for the buyer when an offer has been made to purchase the home.

It's not intended to replace a buyer's inspection.

However, a professional inspection before the home is on the market has a number of advantages for both the potential buyer and the seller.

For the seller:
* The seller chooses the certified home inspector.
* The seller can schedule the inspection at his convenience.
* Because the home is inspected before the buyer's inspector examines it, there are no unwelcome surprises for the homeowner.
* The report can help the seller realistically price the home -- a lower asking price if problems exist; a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.
* The house will show better to prospective buyers and be easier to market when it's pre-inspected.
* It gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
* It provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.