Shoddy work

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

I did a walk through of a home this weekend that is scheduled to close this Thursday. The buyer and I were checking to make sure requested repairs had been made. I usually wait to do a walk through the night before closing, but since we had asked for more than one or two things, I thought we had better go in early. I thought that if there was a problem we would have a few days to correct it before closing day.

Boy, am I glad we went. As it turns out, a couple of things had been done and most had not. There was a roof truss that needed repair and it had been attempted, but the work, in my humble opinion, was very badly done. There were several other roof issues that had not been done either.

My client turned to me and asked, what happens if they don't get fixed? My answer, we delay closing until they are. The problem? They are leaving an apartment and only have so much time to spare. The listing agent said she would get with the roofer, but did not know if he had time to come back and look at the job. My answer? He needs to make the time.

One of the morals of the story is not to wait to the last minute to check on repairs being made to a home before closing. I am not sure how this one will turn out yet. It really seems to be in the listing agents hands at this point, but I will jump in tomorrow with my own roofer if that is what needs to be done. Who said Real Estate is easy?

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545


I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

It's wise, if there are multiple items, to track the progress of the repairs.  And, to make sure the same materials are used, as I've had that happen. 

Jun 02, 2014 06:10 AM #1
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

The walk through or re-inspections are very important and as you suggest don't wait too close to the settlement date.

I'd do a walk through the day before if all had turned up fine in the initial inspection.

Jun 02, 2014 08:02 AM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Hope it all gets done and works out for your clients.  Pushing back the closing could be very inconvenient for them and it's so unnecessary.

Jun 02, 2014 09:04 AM #3
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Excellent advice Peter, this is why I prefer re-inspections for my Buyers.

Jun 02, 2014 10:59 AM #4
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I came accross this the other day, seller claimed repairs from inspection made. BUTT SLOBBERED is the word that comes to mind.

Jun 02, 2014 12:16 PM #5
Harold Smith
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices - Acworth, GA

Great topic, this probably happens more than we think. The Seller is leaving, he doesn't care.

Jun 02, 2014 10:49 PM #6
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