is the buyer supposed to pay for the inspections (roof,pest,home)?

Asked by HumanXtinction, Stonewood, Stockton, CA Mon Aug 22, 2011

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Sierrabrad08, Home Buyer, Stockton, CA
Fri Aug 12, 2016
The answer is yes but for the seller it would be advised to have a complete inspection done prior to selling your house. Repair all items beforehand and it won't matter who the seller hires you should be ok. It's better than holding up a sale or losing one to a surprise problem you didn't know about. Also always check the license numbers of people you contract with. Too many scam artists and you need to have a qualified person.
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oops I meant it won't matter who the buyer hires
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Carol Perdew, Agent, Manteca, CA
Thu Sep 29, 2011

Inspections are important in the process of buying home. Our listings now include bank-owned and short sale listings where the homes are typically being sold as is. Buyers are paying for inspections in today’s market. Buyers are paying for their own inspections to be competitive with other offers.

The advantage for buyers in paying for their inspections is that you can choose you inspectors and know that they are working for you. The inspection reports are yours and the inspectors can’t release the reports without your permission. Buying a home is a big investment and being aware of the condition of the home is essential.

Carol Perdew
Prudential California Realty
(209) 239-7979
DRE 985176
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Nicole Black…, , Stockton, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011
It is customary in this market for a Buyer to pay for His/Her Own Inspections.This is inyour best interest.You pay for it so you chose who to use to dothe inspections and they look out for your best interests.

Nicole Blackwell
Stockton Ca
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Kathy Maier…, , Stockton, CA
Tue Aug 23, 2011
Traditionally the buyer pays for the inspections. This way the inspector works for you and is answerable to you. I would not feel comfortable with an inspector who worked for the seller when it comes to making such a big decision.
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Melissa Kerr, Agent, Nixa, MO
Tue Aug 23, 2011
Buyers typically pay for their own inspections. However if the inspection that is done by the buyer shows something that needs repair the seller may want to conduct his/her own inspection and for that they would have to pay for themselves. However everything is negotiable.
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Joe Cusumano, Agent, Riverside, CA
Tue Aug 23, 2011
The buyer most often pays for all inspections but everything is negotiable.
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Rocky G.H. H…, Agent, Ripon, CA
Tue Aug 23, 2011
It depends on the market. In a sellers market (where homes are typically receiving more than one offer) the buyers usually pay in order to eliminate any objections that would keep the seller from accepting your offer over another. In a buyers market, where homes don't receive any offers over a long period of time, the buyer has more leverage. This can also apply for undesirable homes that are priced very high in any market. It's important to note, you'll need to find an agent that understands this and knows how to position an offer on a case by case basis.

Make sure to review a Realtors credentials, designations and experience before selecting one.

Have a tremendous day!

Rocky G.H. Hawrysz
Prudential California Realty
(209) 444-6610 Direct
(209) 433-2000 Fax
License No. 01468373
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Aug 23, 2011
The reson for this is simple:
You pay for it; you own it.
The Sellers don't need the Inspections, the Buyer do.
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Shanna Rogers, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Tue Aug 23, 2011
Hi HumanXtinction,

When you submit an offer to a seller, you can ask for whatever you want (who pays for what items, etc). However, in CA buyers usually pay for appraisal, home inspection, and I suppose if they want a roof inspection (not common) they would pay for that also. The seller usually pays for the Wood Destroying Pest inspection with the seller paying any Section 1 repairs (safety issues) and the buyer paying any Section 2 repairs.

Shanna Rogers
SR Reatly
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Randy Elliott, Agent, Lodi, CA
Tue Aug 23, 2011
Hello HX,

Most often, yes. And in some cases, the inspections are optional, depending on whether or not you're financing the purchase, and what kind of loan, or paying cash, etc.

VA buyers are NOT ALLOWED to pay for pest inspections. It is the Seller's responsibility to pay for the inspection and provide a Pest Clearance as well.

Most inspectors, at least the ones I use, will not provide a different report whether they're representing the buyers or the sellers, or who actually requested the inspections.

There are inspectors, and there are GOOD inspectors. It's good to know which ones are which, especially if you're the Buyer.

I hope that helps.

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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Mon Aug 22, 2011
Absolutely - yes! The inspection is for YOUR enlighten you on the condition of the home.

besides...............Would you trust a home inspection provided by the seller?
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Mon Aug 22, 2011
Yep. They benefit you and validate the purchase on your behalf.
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