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Is there a significant advantage to having the home I am selling inspected?

The buyer would prefer to have their own inspector and won't necessarily trust the one that I hire. 
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Most of the time the buyer will hire their own inspector.

They would like to hear from a professional party not involved with the seller. 

If you hire the inspector they may feel you have "influenced" the inspection process and there for may not feel comftorable accepting the inspection report and reccomendations.
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October 03 2013
In short, no.  Depending on what county you're in, repairs might not even be necessary as part of selling you home.  Additionally, the potential buyer might ask for a general inspection where they won't ask for any repairs.  In that case, you've spend money where it's not needed.

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October 03 2013
You're right but it is an advantage to  have it done for several reasons.

1. You will know the true condition of your home
2. You can elect to take on the necessary repairs
3. You can ignore the necessary repairs, but lower the price so the buyers can address them
4. In doing a "pre-listing" inspection you are showing good faith to the buyers.

 One of the unpleasant surprises we have during a sale, is when the buyer's inspection uncovers things that the seller was not aware of, such as covered wood rot, hidden foundation issues, infestations (wasp, termite or other). On occasion they are costly and a nuisance to repair and will drive the price down. In one house, we found a "repair person" had repaired the floor by putting a car jack under the floor joists!
 Better to know in advance, Is my professional opinion.
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October 03 2013
The advantage to having your home inspected, in my mind, is only attainable prior to listing it for sale, or at least prior to entering into a contract.

Having your own inspection should eliminate potential surprises from the potential buyer's inspection. This allows you as the seller to be confident that once you negotiate a sale price with the buyer, the home inspection won't have an unexpected, negative impact on what you take home after the sale.
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October 03 2013
It is reasonable for a buyer to think that way.  In my mind, I always advise my buyers to hire their own ancillary services to avoid the potential to be suspicious of the seller's practices.   That way the buyer has some assurance that who he/she hired has no connection to the seller and is working in his/her interest.
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