A home inspection can be upsetting to a Seller as it is the inspector’s job is to search their home for imperfections and report them to the Buyer. This process nevertheless benefits both sides because the report documents the condition of the property at contract and the condition in which Seller must deliver the property at closing. Though rare, closing disputes do happen. Inspections help prevent disputes at closing – and post closing.
Sellers should, first, keep in mind that the objections a Buyer may raise are part of the process – don’t take it to heart. Second, give the Buyer a credit toward the cost of repair – do not agree to make repairs (except possibly those required for any Certificate of Occupancy or to close permits). This will allow settlement of inspection issues quickly, clearly, and without liability or dispute arising over the manner in which you made repairs.
Buyers, the home inspection is your chance to get to know your home and ascertain needed and future repairs – so be there at the inspection. Ask your inspectors and contractors for an estimate of the cost to correct. Do not ask Seller to make repairs, settle on a general credit for all repairs. You simply do not want a Seller – who is moving on to a new home – to make repairs in a property that will soon be your home. Do it your way, after closing, using your professionals.
Often one side or another will want to lock down what may or may not be objected to. Sometimes one side or another wants repairs to be made. Hours and days can be lost anxiously negotiating points that may not achieve these goals. To avoid this, we recommend a short inspection period, broad rights to object to items – so both sides know here they are going and get there with less stress.