"The Inspector Says the Room Sizes are Too Small, " Complained the Buyer

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 There are varying degrees of expertise in every profession.  If you have been practicing real estate for a while...you have met agents, managers, contractors...and inspectors with different levels of experience.  

home inspector   Our belief with licensed home inspectors in Wisconsin is that they are not to quote repairs...they are to evaluate the home's condition and caution with further evaluation by a specific professional if necessary.  Which does not mean everything from the foundation to the chimney needs further examination...which is the practice of some inspectors.

    Our MLS provides for room names and sizes with the disclaimer that all sizes are approximate. The room sizes are roundeed to the nearest foot and Tape Measureinches and fractions of inches are not included. When an inspection is completed, the inspection report is given to the selling agent and Buyer and in turn is given to the lisiting agent to share with the Sellers. At this time, per the offer to purchase, there is a timeline during which the Buyers may request repair or evaluation of the items on the inspector's report.

    The Selling agent called to let us know that the inspection report would be sent shortly and said...."The Buyers were disappointed wih the size of the rooms."   Pardon moi.....Didn't they walk thru the house...more than once and write an offer ...?  Yes  they did.....the agent admitted.    The rooms did not change size...they "approximate" the measurements in the MLS description.

"We'll see what they want to do about the smaller rooms," he quipped. I can hardly wait....Oh Joy.  Would there be  a price reduction requested on the "reduction of square feet" ?  Would it be based on today' s cost of increasing the footprint of the houBouncey Housese ?   

    It isn't a "Bouncy House" that can be blown up to a larger size to suit the imagined dimensions the Buyers have in mind.

    It takes all kinds....of Buyers, Inspectors and Agents....part of what keeps this business interesting...and sometimes, challenging. 

   If you or anyone you know is looking for agents who are ready for any kind of challenge in Selling or Buying a home in southeastern Wisconsin, Call the Hansons, we are honored to be of service.

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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Amazing when buyers actually write an offer and have an inspection that things change all of a sudden. Best of luck

Nov 15, 2016 08:23 PM #1
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Being in real estate for more than 29 years, I have heard all sorts of excuses after a home inspection... They have buyer's remorse and have to come with something to get out of the deal... and some of them are very creative!

Nov 15, 2016 08:45 PM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

OMG in 25 years in real estate this might be one of the top excuses a buyer comes up with for further negotiations! Thanks for sharing..I had to chuckle.

Nov 15, 2016 09:14 PM #3
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

That is a new one, Sally K. & David L. Hanson. One would think that this factor would have been considered before making an offer. Very strange

Nov 15, 2016 09:29 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Sally and David. Happened to me once on an appraisal in an adult community. The floor plan provided the original owner was larger than the actual home. The buyer said proceed, it was less for him to clean! Go figure. Enjoy your day!

Nov 15, 2016 10:10 PM #5
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Sounds like the buyer wants to take advantage of the inspection to try for a re-negotiating of pricing and using size as their reasoning.  Their agent needs to do their job and smarten the client.

Nov 15, 2016 11:28 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Sally and David --- I'm sure there is a follow post underway...

Nov 16, 2016 01:14 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This does make an interesting story to share. 

Have an outstanding month.

Nov 16, 2016 04:19 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow!  That's a new one on me.  I've never heard of an inspector mentioning the size of the rooms.

Nov 16, 2016 08:01 PM #9
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