Due Diligence and the Home Inspection Process: What to Expect

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  1. Don Potts

    Very good article with accurate points.

    1. Thank you, Don

  2. Karen

    If only all realtors would read this. Good article, thanks.

    1. Thank you, Karen

  3. Marlena Manning

    Being an agent myself, I dread the home inspections, this helps. It was , Short, to the point, & made since.

    1. Thank you, Marlena

  4. Thanks…this is a very good summary. Our new (South Carolina) contract has a condition section that quite specifically breaks down what is and what is not a contractual obligation of the Seller in terms of condition. All structure and systems.appliances to be in good working order. It also gives examples of what is not an obligation such as fogged glass, which in our area can be a “defect” which can fall between the cracks of “who fixes what?” I show this to the Seller upon listing the property so they can be aware of what could come up during the inspection process.

    1. Thanks, Chris. I would love to see your contract (If you can email it to me, I would appreciate it. nancytallman@gmail.com). The Utah contract says the house is sold “as is”, but no one seems to take that literally. Buyer and sellers have different expectations and it can really throw a wrench into the transaction.

  5. Ed Mintus

    Very good article Nancy, my only concern is that home inspectors need to be licensed. Anyone in Ohio can hang a shingle and say they are a home inspector when their expertise may not be up to the level of evaluating homes properly,

    1. Thanks for your comment, Ed. You bring up a valid point about licensing. We have the same issue in Utah. I usually provide a list to my buyers of 4 inspectors who I have worked with in the past. If anything of serious concern comes up, like mold or roofing issues, we bring in a licensed specialist.

  6. Hi Chris ,
    I would love to see your contract as well !
    Thank you Nancy for writing such an informative article.

    1. Thank you, Rachel

  7. Scott Easterling

    What if a house is advertised as a 4bd/3ba but the basement bathroom and bedroom were a DIY job and never permitted. I’m in a situation now where those additons are not on the books with the city and the basement additions are definitely not up to code. Is that a situation to renegotiate the purchase price or ask them to bring those areas up to code and properly permitted? The asking price was on the high side to begin with.

    1. Hi Scott. Thanks for your comment. That is a great conversation to have with your buyers’ agent. It is against the National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics for one realtor to interject opinions into someone else’s transactions.

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