Asking for repairs after a Home Inspection of your Washington DC House
So you have finally found the house of your dreams after looking at many houses for sale since many people including family members keep saying that now is the time to "buy a home in Washington DC". So you submit an offer and your offer is accepted by the seller.....Congratulations!
Now it is time to schedule a Home Inspection. You do the Home Inspection and you discover some things that is making you consider whether you want to go forward with the purchase of this house.
Many Home buyers forget that the price isn’t the only or the last negotiation point in a real estate purchase. There are a number of contingencies and processes that happen before closing, and one that frequently causes deals to evaporate is the inspection and repair negotiation process.
Home Inspections will usually cover but are not limited to:
- Wells and water quality
- Pests & insect infestation
- Mold & other environmental hazards
- Mechanical Equipment
- Septic systems
While your deal may not require them all, and some may be combined and provided by a single home inspector,as your Washington DC Real Estate Agent it’s my job to help you to order the proper inspections, schedule them, and make sure that they’re completed on time. Failure to complete home inspections and object to their results by deadline dates can result in the buyer’s inability to take any action based on the late results. I make sure that this doesn’t happen.
Once an home inspection is completed, there can be issues uncovered that you the home buyer weren’t expecting and want to have addressed by the seller. This is a second negotiation in the contract process. As your real estate agent I will help you navigate your home inspection report so you know what you ask for. Sellers do not normally have an obligation to undertake corrective action, so it becomes a critical negotiation, especially if the problems are significant.
I'm here for my home buyers to assist in these negotiations as, next to selling price, inspections and subsequent repairs are the biggest killer of real estate deals. Sometimes creativity needs to be applied to keep your home deal moving when the seller balks at your repair or corrective action requests. We’re experts, as we do this every day. We also maintain an extensive contractor list that can yield just the right contractor to get a job done at a price the seller will agree to.
The key to keeping a deal going with inspection problems is for Keller Williams Capital Properties real estate agents like myself to be involved every step of the way, as it’s something we do hundreds of times every year. We’ll make sure that every resource is employed to keep your home purchase on track and gain every possible concession from the sellers.
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