I agree with agents that you should write an offer with an expanded home inspection provision to include structural analysis. If you don't come together on price and terms, the defects don't matter! If the inspection goes well, then you can keep to the contract price. If damage is worse, you can renegotiate the repair into the price or walk away from the deal. Home inspection provision in standard contract is 5 days for inspection report and five days to negotiate deficiencies. Double that, modify inspection to be 10 days for report and 10 days to settle the repairs. Last point, if structural defects are found, the seller needs to change the Illinois property disclosure for the home to reflect those problems. So the seller has to divulge your findings to the next buyer if you walk from the deal. Good position for you to be in. Have an agent you trust and use a good real estate attorney
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