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Who is responsible for pre-sale inspections?

Asked by Trulia Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL Wed Jan 23, 2013

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Usually, it is up to the seller to get this taken care of. However, this is not always the case, and it may be up to the buyer. I think that it is a good idea for both to get an inspection; then they can both make sure that it is in the right condition and that everything is as it should be.
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Trulia Fort Lauderdale,

Here are two great resources from Zillow that might be helpful:

1. Get a Property Inspection Before You List…

2. Thoughts on a pre-sale inspection?…

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Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
Responsibility for the Pre-Sale inspection can be for both parties. It is the Buyers responsibility to procure and pay for the inspection usually he is able to completely withdraw from the contract penalty free if he/she does not like what they see.

In many ways it is a loophole to change their mind. I have it in all of my contracts if I represent the buyer. The standard Far contracts in Florida can give the buyer up to 15 days to back out of the purchase due to inspection.

Q?. Is an inspection required? A = No

I have seen many cash deals where no inspection occurs but they are usually lower priced and always sold “as is” If you have a loan FHA, Conventional, VA the lending institute will do a thorough inspection of their own and it must appraise accordingly or the loan will not go through.

It is the Sellers duty to make sure the Buyer is satisfied with the inspection. They should and most likely do know what if anything is wrong with the home. They should disclose it. If an inspection occurs and there are surprise damages then they should but are not obligated to offer a concession-usually with the selling price or closing costs. I would highly suggest getting an inspection for a single family home over 150k. There is some leeway in condos and townhomes since the association is responsible for so many of the costly problems i.e. Roof, pipes, electrical, foundation, pest control, Seawall. Please make sure you trust and were recommended to the inspector.

Please contact me for any advice or to Buy, Sell or Lease.

Laura L. Schweikert
Charles Rutenberg Realty, LLC
(954) 591-3553
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2013
The buyer is responsible. Are you buying this property privately? If so, you better get a real estate attorney. If you have any additional questions and your now not working with a real esate agent, kindly give me a call to discuss your concerns.

Joe Roman
ERA Herman Group Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 24, 2013
It's up to the buyer/s, but I personally never bought and will never buy a property without inspections..why will anyone (unless they are GC and conduct their own inspections...)??

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Inspections should be encouraged but are not required. It is in the best interest of all parties to have an inspection as it will lessen the opportunity for conflict at the closing table that could arise after the pre--closing walk-through and allow the parties to do what the intent of the contract is - close the sale!

Buyers usually pay for any desired inspections because they want a report from someone who they have selected to protect their interest.

Lew Naylor
Naylor Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
I am not sure if you are referring to a homeowner inspection prior to listing a home or a potential buyer having a home inspection done after a contract is written. A homeowner sometimes will have a home inspection done so that he knows of any issues with the house that might need to be repaired. It is highly recommended that I potential buyer has a home inspection done shortly after they go into contract to find out if there are problems with the home. It is usually written in the contract that a buyer has anywhere between a week to two weeks to have a home inspection done. It is the responsibility of the potential buyer to pay for the home inspection.

Barbara Easton-Irvin
Atlantic Properties International

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
No one is responsible for pre-sale inspections. However, it might be a good idea for an owner, before listing a home, to have it inspected. I have suggested this to many sellers with whom I have worked.

That way the owner will not be surprised by the discoveries of a buyer's inspector. Or, the owner can fix the problems, which may help to support the asking price of the home.

Please see my blog:…

Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
The buyer is responsible to do his own inspection. He also pays for it. If you want to get the inspection done for yourself prior to listing your home, I can recommend a great guy.
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