There are well founded reasons for extending the window of time for a
inspection.....the inspector of choice was not available until late in the time period...experts needed to be called....as the end nears for that time...the Sellers are anxiously waiting for what the "wish list" has on it. The shorter the time frame...the faster the Seller has to dance to
get it done...OR the closing is extended and the Seller pays more taxes, does more maintenance....pays more utilities than planned due to the Buyers inability to act in a timely manner.
The alternative...not always welcome by the Sellers, is to choose a number and discount the price of the property letting the Buyers...soon to be owners do whatever fixing the wish...whenever they wish. The theory is that the credit will match a written quote and not be grabbed out of thin air and assumed it to be a number far higher than the actual cost.
Clearly....the selling agent is either clueless or purposely inconsiderate of the Seller's situation.....or has or never had any credibility with the Buyers. There may be a fear that he/she will lose them as buyers if any direction is offered...or inconsiderate is part of the DNA for everyone on that side of the transaction.
Our advice ? Get the inspection done as soon as possible after the offer is accepted. Know more than one competent inspector or inspection company should the first choice be unavailable.
If there are areas of concern....have them evaluated promptly by an expert in that individual field. If you don't know one...do the research...ask other agents in your office....do not let the Seller hanging until you have spent days wondering what to do...who to call...and shorten the time they have IF they choose to rectify the situation.
Buying a home means doing your home WORK...for both the agent and the Buyer...and "turning it in promptly." Be sure when you choose a Buyer's agent...you have chosen one that is experienced and HAS resources...that you respect when it comes to how repairs and/or replacements should be handled. Experience is invaluable in real estate. In markets where there is Thinventory...if you don't step up and get the job done, the
next buyer is happy to take your place and live happily ever after.