When most people think of home inspections, they think of buyers wanting to ensure that what they purchase isn't coming with any unexpected problems. In today's market, a growing number of sellers are employing the expertise of professional inspectors.

"Home inspections, although not required by law, are highly recommended for both buyers and sellers," says Joe King, president and COO of Coldwell Banker West Shell. "A property that is inspected in advance validates the seller's asking price and gives buyers confidence in the quality of the home."

Inspect the inspector. Be sure that the company you choose has professional affiliations, such as the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Share the costs. If certain aspects of the home's structure or systems are out of date, the buyer and seller may want to share the costs of updating and repairing.

Comfortable closing. A good inspection sets the record straight about all that's right or wrong with the property for both buyer and seller.

Tag along. If the home hasn't been pre-inspected, take advantage of this experience.

Across Ohio, Coldwell Banker West Shell and Coldwell Banker King Thompson have 19 offices and over 1,000 sales associates. For more information, please visit www.CBWS.com.