Benefits of a Re-inspection
So, you had the home inspection. That is great! Next, you will have the seller repair some or all of the items that came back on the inspection report. The owner lets you know that the repairs are made and you can move forward with the closing date. Once you have closed on the house and get the keys, you go out to the house to find that some or maybe all of the items you requested to have repaired were not completed. It is estimated that 80% of the time the current owner will not correctly repair at least one of the items in the home. Either the home owner did the repairs themselves, a contractor did not do all the work he claimed he did, or some of the items were simply overlooked. Doing a re-inspection is the best way to know that all the items were completed and there are no surprises and the end of the sale.
- The best time to do a re-inspection is as soon as all the repair items have been completed by the seller.
- This gives the home inspector more time to collect the needed information and go re-inspect the property.
- The home inspector will only go and look at the items that were requested to be repaired.
- It is important that the inspector be privy to all the contractor receipts and work orders to make sure all items were completed.
- If items are found to have not been completed or not completed correctly the inspector will write a report explaining his findings.
- The sooner the re-inspection can happen, the less likely the closing date will be pushed back due to repair delays and the buyer will have peace of mind going to the closing table.
- It is also highly recommended that the buyer go with their realtor for a final walk through a day or two before closing just to make sure everything is in proper order.