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.
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.