Sound Home Inspection Advice
When purchasing a home one of the most important steps for a buyer is doing a complete evaluation of the property. This typically entails hiring a professional home inspector. The home inspectors job is to point out any defects with the property but especially those that would a buyers ability to use and enjoy the property.
Quite often those who are in the business of selling real estate refer to major defects as being structural or mechanical in nature. Items such as the roof, foundation, heating and electrical systems. These are major components in a home that all buyers should want to have working perfectly.
Over the years some buyers and the real estate agents who represent them, have lost site of the real purpose of a home inspection. More and more, real estate agents are seeing buyers who think the home they are buying should be delivered to them in perfect condition.
They submit a list of demands that are frankly just ridiculous!
Take a look and see what are some of the more unreasonable home inspection requests that buyers should stay away from. It goes without saying that if you are asking a seller to fix things that cost under $100 then you are being far too nit picky. A buyer should never expect perfection in a home and it is not a sellers job to make it that way for a buyer.
Click the link above for a complete list of home inspection requests a buyer should not make.
There are some home buyers who are also being given poor advice by agents and friends to use the home inspection as a means for a second round of negotiations.
Keep this in mind……..
Nobody is saying a buyer should not ask for major problems to be rectified but when you ask for things to be fixed that you clearly knew about before making an offer, your asking for trouble.
If you are purchasing a home in a sellers market, it is even more important to be a reasonable buyer. You could find yourself on the outside looking in if you piss of the seller to the point they want to have nothing to do with you.
The home inspection should be a give and take between the buyer and seller. It should have a reasonable conclusion where both parties are satisfied with the results.
Often I explain to my seller clients that a test of reason is whether or not another buyer coming along would have the same inspection concerns. If the answer is YES then the owner should fix what the buyer is requesting.
In the article linked above you will see a helpful guide to what is reasonable and what isn’t when it comes to home inspection requests.
original article; https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-unreasonable-home-inspection-repair-requests-gassett-realtor