Why You Shouldn't Make Your Own Inspection Repairs

Home Inspector with Brian Persons Front Range Home Inspections
Original content by Liz and Bill Spear SAL.2002007747

We've got your home under contract to sell and the buyer's inspector comes through.  Then the inevitable happens: the buyer's agent sends over a list of repair requests.  Seriously, you didn't expect the home inspector to not find anything at all did you??

Now if we're fortunate, you've kept your home in tip top condition and the inspector's findings will be minor.  But even a tip top home can have issues that you don't expect because neither your or I probably have the knowledge to REALLY know all that is right or wrong with a home.

When's the last time you've been up in your attic?

Have you tested for radon?

Looked into the electrical panel and checked for double tapped breakers?  (actually, you're far better off leaving the cover on and staying away from live electrical circuits).

So get the drift?  There just be things wrong and if the inspector is worth that paycheck from the buyer, the inspector should find the major things wrong with the home that can be found.

No you might think, some of the requests are pretty minor and I could fix those myself.  I'm pretty handy, so why not?

Well the why not comes down to two things:

1.  The inspection repair request may very well state PROFESSIONAL REPAIR or equivalent term.  Handyman, plumber, electrician, etc.  And radon mitigation MUST be performed by Ohio government certified contractors.

2.  Liability.

Stop and think about it for a second.  If there's a problem with a repair YOU made and it's not apparent until AFTER closing. Do you want to be called about it after you figure you've sold your home and walked away?  Or have the new owners demanding for you to hire a professional to come back and fix it to their satisfaction?  Or worse yet, threatening an attorney?

Kind of stressful, right?  So it's far better to open the wallet and hire the pros to come in and be the ones on the hook if something goes wrong with the repairs after closing.

Other questions about buying or selling a Warren County area home?  Just give us a call at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.  We're here to help!

Liz and Bill aka BLiz


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Comments (3)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Worthy reblog.....that is what professional contractors are for!

Mar 03, 2017 06:57 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Except for some very minor repairs they should be done by professionals.  I always put that in the contract.

Mar 03, 2017 07:52 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Brian, Thanks for the reblog and helping spread the message!

Mar 07, 2017 11:21 AM