Who pays for a home inspection?

Considering getting a home inspection? Wondering who pays for a home inspection? When buying a home, it is traditional for the buyer to pay the costs for the home inspection. The home inspection is protecting the buyer’s investment, so it makes sense that they would bear the costs.

When selling a home, some realtors and sellers opt to pay for their own pre-listing inspection. Home inspections do make a house more attractive to buyers if the seller pays for an inspection before listing the house for sale. In this case, investing in a pre-listing inspection can be a great marketing tactic as a seller.