A Fair Inspection Contingency

Home Inspector with Hergert Inspection LLC

A Fair Home Inspection Contingency  | Home Inspections Seattle Bellevue Everett

In this era of foreclosures, bank owned properties, and short sales, there is a good chance that the home has been "winterized" and/or the utilities are turned off due to non-payment.

At least twice a week, I run into a situation where utilities to the home were to be turned on (per the listing agent) and when we arrive for the inspection; no active utilities.

At this point panic sets in with the buyer as they are running out of time to complete the inspection before the inspection contingency expires.

It seems appropriate to tie the date of "removal of the inspection contingency" to the date where "all utilities are active to and within the house". The inaction of the Seller causes an unfair reduction in the agreed time period for the Home Inspection.

I wouldn't mind adding "Seller shall be liable for Home Inspectors trip fee in the amount of $xxx if utilities are misrepresented as active". I would never charge a client a trip fee for inactive utilities unless they were to be reimbursed for the fee.

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Comments (2)

Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

I have always felt that it is my job to determmine that the utilities are on and ready for the inspection prior to inspector and buyer making the trip.  An inspector should never have to show up at a home that is not able to be inspected. 

Dec 01, 2011 05:31 AM
Mark R. Hardy
Short Sales, REO, New Builds, First Time Buyer - Mesa, AZ
Short Sale Specialist Realtor - Mesa AZ

This just happened and we had to go back to the Seller and explain they will be responsible for any trip charges that a home inspector would charge if the utilities are not on.  It is the responsibility of the listing agent to know what is going on and insure the utilities are on at the premise.

Dec 01, 2011 09:04 AM