The Inspection is over… and we are still available!
Do you have questions? Feel free to call us any time. We are here to help you and your Realtor with the report and in the future if you have questions about maintenance or how something operates. In fact, we will always be available to you even years down the road.
Using Your Inspection Report
Read your Inspection report carefully before going back to your Realtor and filling in the post Inspection addendum. The addendum is in essence, a counter offer that you make to the seller asking for certain items to be repaired or replaced before you close on the property. In most cases, you will have made an offer to buy the property subject to a professional Home Inspection. Your contract holds the seller responsible to make good only those defects in the building that relate to habitability, safety or other noted conditions or items included in your contract.
Your Realtor will advise you about what is a considered a defect and what issues relate to habitability or safety. There will be instances in the report where it is noted that an item “needs repair or replacement“. The item in question should be repaired, but not necessarily by the seller, as technically it might not be a ‘defect’, nor does it affect habitability or safety. Most likely these would be smaller items needing a repair that would fall under the category of ‘routine maintenance’. (See our Post Inspection Addendum page)
We recommend that you insist on the seller hiring licensed contractors to make any of the repairs to the property that are required as a result of the Inspection report. Receipts for the work completed should be furnished at the time of closing, to guarantee that the work has been professionally completed. After you receive the Inspection report, you should read it carefully before going back to your Realtor and making the post inspection addendum. This addendum is in essence, a counteroffer that you make to the seller asking for certain items to be repaired or replaced before you buy the house.
You should do a final walk through of the property the day before closing making sure that the house is in the condition that it is supposed to be in, and that any appliances or fixtures that are included in the sale are still in the house. All trash should have been removed by the owner at this time.
Car tires, unwanted paint and unused chemicals can be difficult to dispose of.
If there are any problems, this will be your last opportunity to rectify the situation before you own the property.