Home Inspection Issues: How to Handle Them

Posted by on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 12:05pm.

Atlanta New Home Construction

Most Atlanta real estate buyers know a home inspection is good protection against purchasing a piece of property with significant problems. But what if issues arise during the home inspection? Sometimes it can be difficult to know when to ask for repairs, a home allowance – or simply walk away from the deal. Check out these tips for taking home inspection problems in stride.

Reading the Report

Once your home inspection is complete, go over the report carefully. There are nearly always a few items on the inspection report, which could range from very minor DIY repair projects to major structural issues. Determine which problems you can handle and which will require a professional. These are the issues that you will need to address with the seller prior to the closing of your new Atlanta real estate purchase.

Let the Negotiations Begin

There are a number of ways to handle negotiations after the home inspection. First, you can ask the seller to make the repairs prior to the closing, providing you with proof that the work was done. Second, you can request additional funds in escrow after the closing of the home so you can make the repairs yourself. Finally, you can also ask for a lower purchase price to help offset the repair costs once the home is officially yours.

In some cases, the seller may not be willing to make the repairs for you, either due to time or financial restraints. While many buyers opt for the lower purchase price to accommodate for the repairs, this decision means you will have to come up with the money for repairs yourself, since you won't see actual cash handed over. If you choose instead to have money left in escrow, you will have funds readily available to handle the repairs right away.

In extreme cases, the best choice with a problematic home inspection is to walk away from the deal. While this can be difficult, the large inventory of Atlanta real estate ensures you will find a comparable home without as many problems. Finding a house that is as structurally sound as it is beautiful will ensure your family can live there happily for many years to come.

25 Responses to "Home Inspection Issues: How to Handle Them"

Tim Riggins wrote: Full participation in the home inspection is important because this is the chance to find anything that may need to be fixed.

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 1:40pm.

earth homes wrote: If the repairs are cosmetic rather than structural I will go for a lower price on the home as I can live with cosmetic repairs for a while and fix them at my own pace.

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 2:52am.

Cheryl Daly wrote: That is the best advise you can give a client is to walk away if there are too many things wrong with the property. It is much better to spend $300-400 for a home inspection and lose that than to purchase a home that has some major issues.

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 6:56am.

Rich Cederberg wrote: Here in Albuquerque underwriters are starting to request a copy of the inspection reports and are requiring repairs to be done. Not just major stuff either, they are requiring minor repairs to be performed.

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 6:56am.

James Greg wrote: Home inspection should not be considered a burden. It may feel like it's costing you your hard earned cash but in reality in the long term approach you are saving your self from the loss of money and in exceptional cases you are saving the loss of life too.

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 10:04am.

John Ducey wrote: I think education and communication on both sides can make or break this point in a transaction. If the seller is expecting some sort of concession or if the buyer knows beforehand that the seller is unwilling to move on small items, it makes a big difference.

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at 6:56am.

Dotti Driver wrote: Inspectors are hired to find something wrong with the house, and they always do. I ask my buyers to come to the inspection to go over the report with the inspector. It helps them understand what is critical, and what they can fix at a leisurely pace. I've had one inpector tell my buyer to RUN!

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 7:06am.

Chris C. wrote: Home inspections in my previous experience are worth every cent a buyer spends to obtain one. Little problems now can turn in to big problems down the road...

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 7:06am.

Charlotte homes for sale wrote: I agree that full inspection is needed before selling a house to the buyer. Cooperation with the inspectors is needed for a smooth inspection. If any repair needs to be done, then the seller must do it willingly. Otherwise, this problem may affect the house condition before selling. Trust me… I am telling this from my previous experience.

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 7:06am.

John Evan Miller wrote: I think the inspection is absolutely essential before selling the house--and you're right in that negotiations often take place once issues are identified. If the seller is seeking to get rid of the property as soon as possible and meet the closing date, he or she will often just pay money to make up for the repairs. Getting a pre-inspection may drastically reduce the costs to the seller. Great post.

Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 7:44am.

Jennifer White wrote: In my opinion, the most important thing about home inspection is the pre-delivery inspection, where the buyer has the option to inspect the property prior to closing or settlement.

Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 7:44am.

Ben Fisher wrote: This is always an interesting time in negotiations. Lately there has been a flip in who has the upper hand here. In our market at least, buyer with a solid offer in this market has all the power,

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 6:25am.

Jessica Lee wrote: To avoid any problems in the future it would be best if you will personally check and join the inspection. And most of the times, you will know the problems firsthand if you are present in times like this.

Posted on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 at 11:37am.

Robert Cody wrote: For any major purchase such as a vehicle or a home, it is imperative that potential buyers have them inspected first. It can be a little bit costly, but it is worth the peace of mind factor.

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 5:03pm.

Teyona wrote: "Most Atlanta real estate buyers know a home inspection is good protection against purchasing a piece of property with significant problems."- I agree that home inspection is very important for the security of home buyers.

Posted on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 11:14am.

Gabe Sanders wrote: Yes, inspections can be crucial. Picking the right inspector and understanding what's important and what's not is also of great importance.

Posted on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 11:14am.

Cape Coral House wrote: For me the seller should repair first the house so that she/he can make the price higher and its much better than letting the buyer repair the house and ask for a lower price because she/he spends a lot in repairing the house.

Posted on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 11:14am.

Chad T wrote: Inspections are vital for anyone buying a home.. but not only is important to get an inspection, it is important to choose your Inspector wisely. I have seen first hand that like anything in this world there are good and bad inspectors and if you are paying the money, make sure it is done right!

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 5:46am.

Kyle O wrote: I've always found it difficult to nail down home inspections. Sometimes even after closing down the home and starting the moving process, there's always one minor area that was neglected.

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 10:42pm.

Bill Gassett wrote: It continues to amaze me how much buyers in this challenging Real Estate market think they can get away with when it comes to home inspections. So many buyers feel they can shoot for the moon and ask the seller to fix just about anything that comes up. I can't wait until the Real Estate market becomes more balanced.

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 8:12am.

Bill Gassett wrote: Tina there is no question that a home inspection is one of the most vital pieces of any Real Estate transaction. Buyer's should know a home inside and out before they ever move into the place. There is always a fine line in the negotiation process. Some buyer's expect the seller to make the home "like new" with a laundry list of requests which is really not the purpose of a home inspection.

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 7:22am.

Sam Chapman wrote: Here in Texas roofs are an issue because of hail. I will not recommend that a seller repair a roof because they will probably use the cheapest material. I always recommend asking for a reduction in the contract price.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 1:29pm.

Roofing Repair Minneapolis wrote: The inspection is very important, especially if you're buying a new home. If you don't let an inspector look at every nook and cranny, you might find out years later that a contractor took a shortcut.

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 4:13pm.

Atlanta Home Inspector wrote: The most important service that I provide, is that I inspect each home, as if I'm buying the house for my own family.

I look carefully at all aspects of the home, but I concentrate on any unsafe or hazardous conditions that might be unsafe to children, adults, and even pets. You would be amazed, at how many of these issues are found, on a daily basis.

If nothing else, the buyer will have peace of mind, that the chances of someone getting injured, or worse, should be greatly diminished after these items are identified and corrected.

A proper home inspection, is worth every penny & much, much more !!

Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 6:56pm.

rockford real estate wrote: the best choice with a problematic home inspection is to walk away from the deal... for extreme cases! this is difficult but will have less problems.

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 3:50pm.

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