There is no conflict with a licensed contractor doing the work on his own home, a licensed contractor is a licensed contractor.
But, if you are going to use this to negotiate a reduced price.. that is different. A lot of people use the inspection to further "shake down" a price from the seller and never do the repairs. Most "exclusive buyer agents" try to use this as a tactic to get a lower price for house and use it as a selling point.. typically use home inspectors that list every minor detail to fluff up the inspection report. But, if the contract reads that the seller has right to remediate the issues.. then the seller has the right to remediate the issues using a licensed contractor, that could be the homeowner/licensed contractor.
My opinion from experience and what I have seen.
Just had a deal go south on a home that had no issues and was "as-is"... but the buyer/ exclusive buyer agent wanted $25,500 for future renovations of windows and new Heating and AC within 10 years becasue those items in the house were 4 years old!
"the Seller shall at sellerâ€™s expense provide proof that gas fireplace is up to code and ensure it is in working order, or shall take necessary steps to bring the fireplace up to code and ensure it is in working order."
I understand that the seller is a licensed contractor, but this doesn't necessarily mean he knows all the codes on gas fireplaces. For all I know, it could be working but in complete violation of local code, and therefore be a fire/safety hazard. This is my main concern with him doing the work.
To say there is a conflict of interest is to say all contractors are dishonest...request and verify as you would with anything.
There is a conflict; and it has nothing to do with the honesty or integrity of the Contractor/Inspector:
The problem is that the person who PAYS for the Inspection, OWNES the Inspections; they are to be used by the BUYER to negotiate further and to protect the Buyer from buying a lemon.
The information contained in the Inspections are proprietary and could diminish their negotiating position.
Good luck and may God bless
If you do, be as specific as possible and get it all in writing and, of course, if the seller is not licensed to do a specific task, such as electrical or plumbing, that those repairs are left to a licensed professional regardless of the seller's ability to do those repairs.
Best of luck,
Barbara L Smith ABR, GRI, SFR
*5 Star Professional*
Phila Mag, Sept. 2012
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Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time