If defects are found during the inspection, the Seller may be asked to repair some of these items.
Typically, the inspection procedure follows this process:
- Inspection is performed within a specified time (generally written in the purchase agreement or contract, typically within 10 days);
- The Inspection Report & Photo Journal are delivered to the Buyer;
- The Buyer (with Real Estate Agent) decides which (if any) defects he/she wishes the Seller to repair. This is put in writing and sent to the Seller through the Real Estate Agent. NOTE: If a particular defect is not understood by the Buyer, Seller or the repair contractor, a brief call to the inspector will normally clarify the issue. Keep in mind that the inspector speaks only from what the inspection report states and not what the Buyer has asked the Seller to repair. Make sure the details of the report are understood;
- The Seller or Listing Agent (Seller’s Realtor) responds in writing to the Buyer agreeing or disagreeing regarding the repairs requested;
- Repairs are performed. Receipts would then be presented to the Buyer, and in many cases, a reinspection may be performed before closing on the sale. Repairs should be completed by licensed contractors in their respective fields.