Home Inspections - If the utilities are not on; then what do you do?

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Buyers want to do a home inspection, then they discover the water, electric or gas is not tuned on. Then the question comes up about what to do about this. 


Should the buyer just waive his right to have a home inspection and take the house "As Is"?


This may sound OK at first, but in the long run it may prove to be detrimental for all involved in the transaction; including the seller, the agent and most importantly, the buyer. The problem with this choice is that when the buyer moves in, he may discover that there are a few problems. Usually these are minor, but can also be major.


Things like inoperative dishwashers or air-conditioners may come to light, the roof may leak or the window seals may be defective. At times the seller may have a warranty that covers some of the things that pop up. For instance, the seller had new dual pane windows installed two years ago and has a warranty by the manufacture that is good for 5 or 10 years. Once the window defects are discovered, a call by the seller may take care of the problem. Should this not have been discovered prior to the sale, and the buyers had moved in, the warranty may not be transferable to the new buyers. 

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There a number of excellent ways for buyers and agents to address utility problems.  Click here for what they are. 


The bottom line is that having all the utilities on and pilot lights lit, is best for all.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
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This is why you work with the right buyer agent, who will verify the utilities are on for the inspection, or request they be turned on. Buyers have a right to do their due diligence or move on if there is no cooperation

With vacant homes it's important to check as some sellers may want to try to save money while not living there and turn the utilities off


Feb 04, 2016 12:55 PM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I always am sure the utilities are on for any inspection, so the buyer can verify everything is working properly.  

Mar 02, 2016 10:27 PM #2
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