After the Home Inspection, What Should You Expect the Seller to Fix?
If your home inspection report has come back with some major issues, you might want to ask the seller to fix them prior to closing the sale.
Home inspectors perform a detailed walk-through of the home and give a comprehensive review of the condition of the structure of the home and its components
Throughout this process, the inspector will be taking notes, pictures, and other information about the home to include in the inspection report.
Here is a short list of items we believe are appropriate to ask a seller for.
Major Defects That Affect Your Overall Investment
In order to secure your home loan the home will need to be structurally sound and up to code according to state or federal laws. Your home inspector will let you know of any issues that can be categorized as “major defects”.
- Building codes vary state to state. They typically consist of regulations regarding the way the home was built.
- Structural defects are issues found in the foundation of the home or the underlying structure of the home.
- These defects are relate to systems that are broken or can’t be fixed for a number of reasons.
Defects That Might Impact Your Health & Well-being
If the home inspector finds dangerous problems in the home, you should almost always ask the seller to fix these issues. The only case that you shouldn’t is if the repairs are small and you don’t mind fixing them on your own.
- Safety issues include defects that could hurt you and your family. This includes falling hazards, fire hazards, and more.
Detection of Mold
- Mold can make you and your family sick. If mold is found during the home inspection, ask the seller to contact a mold remediation company to fix the problem.
Dangerous Levels of Radon
- Radon is a deadly gas, and if a high level of radon is detected in your home it is seriously dangerous to you and your family. Ask the seller to hire a radon mitigation company to lower the levels to EPA standards.
Repairs that are Expensive
- When something goes wrong with large components of your home, like the H/VAC or electrical system, the repairs can get expensive. Check to see what’s covered by warranties.
Issues Pests/Small Animals
- If there’s a pest problem, definitely get an estimate for the cost of the repairs and present it to the seller. Small animals like squirrels or birds can do some serious damage to a home.
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