Can we just use the first home buyers inspection?

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"Can we just use the first home buyers inspection? "  is a question I have heard over the years from both buyers and sellers.

Home went on the market, home went under contract.  Home went back on the market.  Perhaps the buyer was unable to get financing. Or there was a failure to  come to an agreement with the seller about the terms of a buyers request to remedy. 

Tempted to just ask "Can we just use the first home buyers inspection? " ? Save money? 

There are lots of problems with that.  The home inspection is the property of the first buyer.  Their contract with the home inspector probably says so.  Does that property inspection offer you any protection?  Probably not.

"Can we just use the first home buyers inspection? "  Get your own home inspection.  In most cases you are there with the home inspector and see the repairs he is recommending or learn about home maintenance of your new home. 

The seller does not always get the whole home inspection so they are not able to pass that on to you.  Even if it is in their possesion are they able to pass it to you? The contract the home inspector and the client have may not allow the buyer to pass on the information to a new buyer.

The seller needs to disclose any latent defects they have become aware of in an inspection and repairs they have made.

Every transaction is unique.

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Brad Rachielles
CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453 - Upland, CA


Good explanation. With unit sales way down from years past, Inspectors are fighting for every inspection in the first place, and secondly, if I were the buyer, I would want the benefit of the inspectors explanation and tour.

I can just see it now... inspectors offering the buyer the right to transfer the report, kind of like assumable loans... but you would pay for the right UP FRONT, and the transferability would only last for 90 days..... Just kidding.... just kidding.

BUT - not kidding about recommending this post.

Best of Success in 2011!

Feb 11, 2011 10:27 AM #1
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Maureen ... Great points ... and I think the very best person available to "explain" how some of the "things" in the house work ... would be that same home inspector!  I always encourage buyers to be present at the inspection ... even if it's inconvenient!

Feb 11, 2011 11:58 AM #2
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Just did an inspection yesterday although we had a copy of the relo company inspection. Found jacuzzi leak, pump leak and broken roof tiles (darn golf balls!) not identified in first "thorough" inspection report. Always get your own and you can't go wrong!

Feb 12, 2011 12:34 AM #3
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


A nice, concise answer to something we all are frequently asked.  Just closed a deal in which the basement was flooded between the 2 potential buyers, ruining the furnace, water heater & sump pump.  Things CAN change quickly in a home, so a current home inspection is a MUST!

Feb 12, 2011 01:57 AM #4
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