Now that you are under contract, one of the first contingencies we’ll be navigating is your home inspection. Although we will guide you through the inspection process every step of the way, we wanted to provide an outline as to what you can expect as the process unfolds:
Once we receive the written report (usually via email the day after), we’ll now be in a position to respond in one of 3 ways:
It’s quite common for some negotiations to take place during the inspection process relating to a buyer’s requests and the seller’s responses to them. The main goal here is for us to negotiate a solution that provides you enough peace of mind or monetary compensation to be comfortable enough to continue on with the purchase.
Regardless of what request you make and how the seller may respond to them, you are only obligated to follow through with the purchase if the seller agrees to your requests. With that said, it’s quite common for buyer and seller to arrive at a resolution that may differ from the original request but ultimately satisfies both parties. Once we’ve reached mutual agreement on a remedy, the inspection contingency will be considered satisfied and behind us!
If the seller agrees to complete any repairs prior to closing, you are entitled to have the inspector re-inspect (at your cost) and confirm repairs were done correctly. In some cases where we may be requesting an easily defined fix like a hot water heater or furnace replacement, a simple invoice will usually suffice without the need to pay an inspector to come back out.