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Does a home inspector fight for a home buyer to get repairs or a price adjustment after an inspection?
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Although a home inspection report can be used as a basis to request repairs or a price adjustment, getting the inspector involved in any negotiations over what should be fixed, how much it will cost, and who should pay for it, is beyond the scope of a home inspector’s service. An inspector provides information about the overall condition and visible defects in a home. Beyond that, “the inspector shall make recommendations for correction and/or monitoring, or further evaluation of the deficiencies that the inspector observed” is the requirement of the Standards of Practice for the state of Florida, and standards of the two national home inspector associations are similar.
But battling with the seller, the seller’s realtor, or the seller’s contractor over whether the seller should fix something, or pay to have it fixed, is not what we do. It also may be part of the “further evaluation” that is recommended in many situations. A home inspector can, however, be expected to clarify the details of a listed defect, its location, and why it is a defect, if further information about the defect is requested.
Early in our career, nearly twenty years ago, we got pulled into several squabbles over who should be responsible for items listed in the home inspection report, and quickly discovered that having an inspector in the middle of a real estate negotiation rarely solves anything, and annoys everyone involved.
Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:
AFCI •• Air conditioner •• Ants •• Appliance recalls •• Appliance testing •• Attic •• Awnings •• Barns and ag blgs. •• Bathroom exhaust fan •• Bonding •• Carpet •• Ceiling fans •• Central vacuum •• Chimneys •• Chinese drywall •• Clothes dryer •• Dryer exhaust •• CO alarms •• Code violations •• Condemn a house •• Crawl space •• Detached carport •• Detached garage •• Dishwasher •• Docks •• Doors •• Electrical •• Electrical panel •• Electromagnetic radiation •• Fences •• Fireplaces Furnace •• Garbage disposal •• Generator •• GFCIs •• Gutters •• Ice maker •• Inspect in the rain •• Insulation •• Insurance •• Interior Finishes •• Grading & drainage •• Lead paint •• Level of thoroughness •• Lift carpet •• Low voltage wiring •• Microwave •• Mold •• Move things •• Help negotiate •• Not allowed •• Outbuildings •• Paint •• Permits •• Pilot lights •• Plumbing •• Plumbing under slab •• Pools •• Questions won't answer •• Radon •• Range/cooktop •• Receptacle outlet •• Refrigerator •• Reinspection •• Remove panel cover •• Repairs •• Repair estimates •• Retaining walls •• Roaches •• Rodents •• Roof •• Screens •• Seawalls •• Septic loading dye test •• Septic tank •• Sewer lines •• Shower pan leak test •• Shutters •• Sinkholes •• Smoke alarms •• Solar panels •• Specify repairs •• Sprinklers •• Termites •• Toilets •• Trees •• Troubleshooting •• Wall air conditioners •• Walk roof •• Washing machine •• Water heater •• Water pressure •• Water shut-offs •• Main water shut-off •• Water softener •• Water treatment systems •• Well •• Windows •• Window/wall air conditioners •• Window blinds •• Wiring
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