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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