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Kay, Home Buyer in Glen Allen, VA

Is it common to have an home inspector return for a re-inspection after the seller completes all repairs?

Asked by Kay, Glen Allen, VA Mon Apr 1, 2013

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It's not uncommon, depending on the repairs that were being preformed. Sometimes it's not necessary as the repairs can clearly be judged by the buyer and their agent as either being satisfactory or not, but sometimes buyers prefer (and/or would be better off) having an inspector verify that they were done correctly. Buyers should request receipts for any repairs done so they know who did them and they should require that certain types of repairs, (electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling) be done by licensed professionals.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 2, 2013
Should the seller be present for a home reinspection walk through
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 17, 2015
The home inspector's job is to find probelems. his job is not to warranty work or repairs. The repairs should be done by licensed contractors and their work is warrantied. Home inspectors are not insured to re-inspect and thus become liable for the work of others.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 5, 2013
If you can verify that things were repaired then no, but if there were issues that needed a licensed contractor (electrical, plumbing, structural) then a copy of the invoice should be sufficient. Having said that, you are the buyer and if you want to pay the inspector to go back out, that is your choice.

Misty Mount
Long and Foster Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 2, 2013
When you asked for the repairs, you based the request from the home inspection report.
Most repairs should be performed and completed by a licensed contractors.

Have your agent ask for the invoices for the repairs and services done for documentation and to ensure that the works were done according to your request.

Since your home inspector was the one who identified the problem, unless you are satisfied with the invoices as proof that they were repaired/fixed correctly, and you are comfortable assessing or evaluating the works or services yourself, you can bring your home inspector back to evaluate it for you.

Best of Luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 2, 2013
Yes, especially if the repairs are under the home or hidden from view. If it is jjust minor simple repairs like rotted door jamb, railings, blown window seal, ect... then I do not deem it necessary, but that would all depend on the mechanical inclination and personal comfort level of the Agent to determine the quality of repairs for you, and take on that liability.

Ryan Sanford
Associate Broker, CDPE, REALTOR
RE/MAX Commonwealth
9401 Courthouse Rd.,
Suite 200
Chesterfield, VA. 23832
804-218-3409 cell
804-423-2392 efax
804-777-9001 office
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Depending upon the scope and extent of repairs required, I recommend in certain circumstances, having the home inspector return for the pre-settlement walk through. As an example, any repairs needed under the home, or in the attic, that are not visible to the purchaser should be reinsepcted. Most inspectors I work with charge a minimal reinspect fee - $75-$150 - which I feel is well worth the investment. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Maureen Schmidt, Broker
Exit First Realty
Licensed in Virginia
804.527.3948 x 205
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