Being Courteous with Inspection Timelines....

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

      There are well founded reasons for extending the window of time for a

inspection.....the inspector of choice was not available until late in the time period...experts needed to be called....as the end nears for that time...the Sellers inspectorare anxiously waiting for what the "wish list" has on it.  The shorter the time frame...the faster the Seller has to dance to

 get it done...OR the closing is extended and the Seller pays more  taxes, does more maintenance....pays more utilities than planned  due to the Buyers inability to act in a timely manner.

   The alternative...not always welcome by the Sellers, is to choose a number and discount the price of the property letting the Buyers...soon to be owners do whatever fixing the wish...whenever they wish.  The theory is that the credit will match a written quote and not be grabbed out of thin air and assumed it to be a number far higher than the actual cost.

   Clearly....the selling agent is either clueless or purposely inconsiderate of the Seller's situation.....or has or never had any credibility with the Buyers.DNA There may be a fear that he/she will lose them as buyers if any direction is offered...or inconsiderate is part of the DNA for everyone on that side of the transaction.

   Our advice ?  Get the inspection done as soon as possible after the offer is accepted.  Know more than one competent inspector or inspection company should the first choice be unavailable.

      If there are areas of concern....have them evaluated promptly  by an expert in that individual field.   If you don't know one...do the research...ask other agents in your office....do not let the Seller hanging until you have spent days wondering what to do...who to call...and shorten the time they have IF they choose to rectify the situation.

   homework Buying a home means doing your home WORK...for both the agent and the Buyer...and "turning it in promptly."   Be sure when you choose a Buyer's agent...you have chosen one that is experienced and HAS resources...that you respect when it comes to how repairs and/or replacements should be handled.  Experience is invaluable in real estate.   In markets where there is Thinventory...if you don't step up and get the job done, the 

next buyer is happy to take your place and live happily ever after. 

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS


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Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Sally and David. Always best to get the inspection done as soon as possible. Equally important, is for the listing agent to understand the circumstances and keep everyone in the loop! Enjoy your day!

Nov 19, 2016 09:08 PM #1
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Sally and David... just hate it when I am representing a seller and the buyer does a prompt inspection and then I wait for over a week for a repair request.

Nov 19, 2016 09:25 PM #2
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Our inspection period is usually 10 days. I always ask for 15 days and schedule the inspections as soon as I feel a contract is imminent. I take care of my vendors and they always are available for me. You have to know who butters your bread!

Nov 19, 2016 09:47 PM #3
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

I am working with an agent right now that had the inspection lined up the day after we came to terms and presented the repair request the next day. She is competent, on her game and a pleasure to do business with! I love it when this happens!

Nov 19, 2016 10:06 PM #4
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Tallahassee inspectors are running about a week out; but there is no reason to delay it beyond that point.  Just because you (the Buyer) have 15 days (or whatever your contract reads), there is no reason to wait until midnight of the final day!

Nov 19, 2016 10:59 PM #5
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I always think of the Scout Law.  One of the twelve points is "A Scout is courteous."

Nov 19, 2016 11:27 PM #6
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Sally and David --- and using "the dog ate it" is never a believable excuse.   Inspections and other contingency removal issues should, like homework, be dealt with in a timely manner.   

Nov 20, 2016 12:22 AM #7
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is excellent advice to share.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 20, 2016 02:07 AM #8
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I ma having a horrible time getting inspections done quickly, an increase in buying and shortage of really good inspectors is hurting us all Sally K. & David L. Hanson  . 

Nov 20, 2016 06:45 AM #9
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Our home inspections are scheduled approx 3-5 days after an accepted offer and that's usually the norm...

Nov 20, 2016 10:52 PM #10
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