Okay, so I encountered one of those 'first time' events this past week.
I am representing some Buyers on the purchase of a house in Port Orchard WA. They're a really sweet young Navy couple, first time Buyers, he just made Chief. We've been having a blast!
We went under contract and conducted our inspection. We petitioned the Sellers to remedy a reasonable list of items. Rather than correct the issues, the Sellers offered a cash settlement to be credited to the Buyers at closing. After negotiating the dollar amount, both parties agreed, and onto 'Pending' we go.
This past Friday I contacted the Seller's Agent to request permission for some 3rd party contractors (an AC & Heating Technician, and an Electrician) to gain access to the home to make some the repairs specified by the inspection report. This way, my Buyers can have the charges paid out of escrow from their credit.
The Seller's Agent informed me that the Sellers refused our request. They don't want anyone messing around, tearing stuff up, until AFTER closing.
I assured the Seller's Agent that we would draft a 'Hold Harmless' addendum, absolving the Seller's of any liability. I also stated that I would be present during any and all repair work, to ensure the safety and integrity of the home.
The Seller's still refused us access.
I'm curious. Is it just me? I mean, in all my real estate experience, I've never had this happen. It's fairly common for repair work to be done prior to closing, either by the Seller or the Buyer. I almost feel as though the Sellers are hiding something. The house was a rental, and is currently vacant.
Am I missing something? Should I have done something differently? Unfortunately, this is a VA purchase and the VA underwriters only allow a certain amount of money to be credited to the Buyers.