Why Do Buyers Need An Inspection

Why Do Buyers Need An Inspection 

Did you as a seller wonder why the buyers need to do an inspection?  the sellers were still living there, using all the home’s systems so the buyers should know it all works.

When a home goes under contract,  there is a contingency Trinity FL Home Sales - January 2014that states the buyers have the right to have a professional inspection carried out within a stated period (usually 10-15 days),  and if anything is not to their satisfaction, “at the buyer’s sole discretion”;  they can void the contract and have their earnest money returned to them as long as they notify the seller in writing within a time period set on the contract.. Most of our contracts seem to be  “as is with right to inspect”. So, why do buyers need an inspection.

Why Do Buyers Need An Inspection

What is working in your home for you may not be acceptable to a buyer. You may be putting up with a dishwasher that’s not doing a great a job but you never felt the need to change it, or you may not have noticed it. It was good enough. The inspector will note the deficiency and it will be up to the buyers to say whether or not that is good enough for them.

Why Do Buyers Need An Inspection

And an inspection covers areas that most sellers may not even look at very often, like the attic, the roof, the basement if there is one, even the garage may be hiding a hazard or two. The inspector will give the buyers a written report with all his findings.

After the buyers and their agent evaluate the report; the decision is made to either continue with the contract or to void it.  If the buyer’s decision is to continue with the contract, we move on.

Why Do Buyers Need An InspectionWhat does that do for the seller? It assures them that the buyers have accepted the condition of the home (even if there were some minor issues) and the contract is continuing.

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Have Your Roof Checked

Have Your Roof Checked

Why have your roof checked? We have something different in Florida when it comes to the life span of your roof:  these days,  insurance will not be issued unless a licensed roofer certifies there is at least 3 more years of life for the roof. So if you are thinking of selling your home, call a licensed, certified, roofer to get the scoop.

 Call several and have them check your roof.  You may have to pay for roof inspections but it is well worth it before you put it on the market and get a nasty surprise.

Have Your Roof CheckedYes, you could do the inspections yourself but do you really know what roof problems look like?  Most of us don’t know what to look for in the valleys to indicate a leak or soon-to- be leak.  The plywood sheathing can be an issue but do we know how to find it.  The insurance companies will only take the word of a licensed roofing company.

When you get an offer, the buyers will have an inspection done. If roof issues show up, the buyer may not be denied insurance which means he can’t get a mortgage. And he will probably ask you for a new roof. The last estimate I got on someone’s roof was $8,500. That will eat into your bottom line at closing. Or the buyer may just void the contract.

 So have a licensed person check out the roof; it’s better to have your roof checked and know ahead of time what the costs will be. Better still, get it fixed if you can afford it. With all the rain we’ve had this summer, who knows what is  going on up there.

 Toni and Craig Weidman
Broker-associate
Florida Luxury Realty, Trinity FL
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