Why Do We Ask for Licensed Contractors to Make Repairs?

Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276


 Why Do We Ask for Licensed Contractors to Make Repairs?


We always encourage Buyers to have home inspections before buying a home.  That's a smart move, but if we allow the Seller to be in charge of the repairs, anything can happen. Many times they try to cut corners and have cousin Joey make the repair.  He can fix anything!

When asking for repairs, always put in the conditions for repairs to have a licensed professional contractor make the repair and make sure you obtain a receipt from the contractor with the proof of the license. Joey may be licensed and bonded, but in auto mechanics.  If it is an electrical problem, make sure the repairs are made by a professional electrician.

Beware of the Seller making his own repairs and then indicating a professional made the repair.


Here is a hint that the repair was not made by a licensed professional.  

Can you tell?



If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in

Elkhart, St Joseph, LaGrange and Kosciusko Counties, in Indiana

Call me:  Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577

"We have agents to serve you with your Real Estate needs"

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate

and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC, Elkhart, Indiana,

or email larry@larry-johnston.com  


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Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

For most things, it isn't wise to leave them in the hands of a handyman, although there are some really competent handymen out there.

Jun 27, 2016 01:10 AM #1
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

wow that is very interesting, I am have difficulty figuring how someone can screw up installing a fan.  It looks more like a manufacturing mistake.  Yet the point remains make sure you know who is fixing your house. 

Jun 27, 2016 11:40 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is crazy. How does someone make that happen? Professional repairs tend ot last longer every time.

Jun 28, 2016 11:37 PM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with home sellers.

Have a great day and a most productive week.

Jun 30, 2016 01:32 AM #4
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

This year I had an agent tell their home owner to go ahead and fix them himself because he was so handy.  My Buyers walked.  They begged for acceptance for 6 weeks after we issued a mutual release for us to come back. We did not.  Our thinking was, if the home owner was fine living in a home with a kicked in back door and no way to lock it, how well would he fix it for someone else?  Samething with the plumbing leaks and exposed wiring.  It was fine for him and his family.  

Jun 30, 2016 01:57 AM #5
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That is great advice, Larry. This is what I recommend to my clients all of the time. 

Jun 30, 2016 10:21 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I may have been the one to install this ceiling fan, Larry.  

Jul 01, 2016 09:47 PM #7
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I can't even imagine how that would be possible.  It is funny, however

Jul 02, 2016 07:04 AM #8
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