If You Get a Home Inspection Will the Seller Fix Everything?

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Real Estate Broker with Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730 TN Broker: 208698
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If You Get a Home Inspection Will the Seller Fix Everything?

Buyers ask this nearly every time I sell a home in Clarksville TN. The answer is not as simple as yes or no because first you have to understand what the purpose of the home inspection is when you buy a home in Clarksville TN.

Home inspectionsThe real estate contract

used in Tennessee has the provision to allow a home buyer to get a home inspection if this clause is completed by the buyer's agent. What is typical is that the buyer gets a 10-day inspection period to have the systems like heating and air, the pool, a well, plumbing, etc. checked by qualified service people. The pest inspection by a licensed pest control company and a check and review of the entire home by a licensed home inspector are to be done in this inspection period. In Tennessee home inspectors are now required to be licensed by the state.

Once these inspections are completed

(within the inspection period) the buyer has a decision to make. The buyer can terminate the contract based on the home inspection report. The buyer can accept the home "as is" knowing its flaws or the buyer can petition the seller to have all or some of the repairs be completed as recommended by the inspection reports.

If you get a home inspection

will the seller fix everything? Yes maybe but then again maybe not. The seller may do all of the repairs especially if they really want to sell and hope to keep the buyer in the contract. But they are not required to make any repairs as this is negotiable between the buyer and seller. If the buyer and seller cannot come to terms on the inspection repairs the contract is terminated as a result of this contingency not being met.

The best advice

I have is to always get a home inspection when buying a home in Clarksville TN but be reasonable when it comes to repair requests. Remember these repairs are negotiable items and unless it is a very serious structural issue, a major system failure or it has many costly repairs, the buyer should be prepared to take care of some of the repair list at his expense. Repairs in a home inspection are negotiable so neither party is required to stay in the contract if an agreement isn't reached between the parties.

If you would like good representation when buying your Clarksville home and if you would like to search for a home in Clarksville, contact Debbie Reynolds Real Estate Agent at 931-920-6730.

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Debbie, as usual a GREAT post that is very informative and to the point. The home inspection is critical in the sales process and you have towarn the buyer that no home is going to be perfect. They bought what they saw and within reason they should still want to proceed. Watch out for the game palying by both sides.

July 24, 2013 06:52 PM
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Hi Debbie, what a great post!  Very helpful information especially for a new agent.  I have heard some stories in the office that a couple of first-time buyers wanted everything fixed before they moved in that was on the home inspection.  The seller was willing to do some but not all.  It is amazing what we experience in this business!

July 24, 2013 07:21 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Debbie - the state of California purchase agreement states all sales are "as is" but typically the inspection period becomes a second round of negotiations.   

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Thank you all for your comments. Buyers do have options and most of the time so does the seller. Our job is to advise them of what those options are.

July 26, 2013 07:56 AM
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This topic is so timely for me Debbie. I will be putting together a few posts of my own, but this is great stuff. Some owners would be wise to do the repairs first, some buyers are smart to do things them selves and the inspector reports the facts... nothing more or less. Great topic and I love that you linked a bunch together!! Thanks.

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Debbie Reynolds, Broker, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES- Specializing in marketing, listing and selling real estate in the Clarksville TN/Ft. Campbell KY real estate market area