Who is typically takes care or a roof inspection recommended by the home inspection- the buyer or the seller?

Asked by Clukoski, Lansdowne, PA Tue Jun 2, 2009

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Shawn Ryan R…, Agent, Belleville, NJ
Fri Dec 9, 2011
question is unclear. buyer pays for home inspection. most towns require seller to pay for home to be inspected by local inspectors for code compliance.
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Edmund Choi, Agent, Paoli, PA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Ask the Seller for a roof cert at their expense. Or extend your property inspection contingency to allow for a roof inspection by a certified professional at your expense.
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Kappy Mann a…, Agent, Truckee, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Even though customs differ throughout the world, most buyers would want to pay for their own roof inspection and it should be done by a licensed professional (one that also has insurance -- it is a long way from the top of the roof to the ground). Why would you want to depend upon the sellers' roof inspection when it is your interest you should be trying to protect?

Ask your Real Estate Professional for a couple of referrals and call them all -- don't just look at the price (in our area it is about $150), call their references. Good luck and happy homeowning!
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Terrence Cha…, Home Owner, Allentown, PA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
The buyer. If something is then wrong with the roof, depending on what option was chosen, you could then get back with the seller to (a) have the problem fixed at the seller's expense (b) Part is paid by you and part paid by seller (c) reduce the offer price by what it would cost to fix (unless the property is priced very low anyway) (d) nullify the contract.

Like I said, this depends on what option was chosen for the inspection AND if the property is bank owned. Usually when a property is bank owned, you can inspect it all you want, the bank usually won't have anything fixed.

Get with your real estate agent about these questions and an attorney if you don't have a real estate agent.

Terrence Charest, e-Pro
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