I mean this is the end, right? Goodbye beautiful future home of my children and my children’s children. Goodbye gorgeous breakfast nook. Goodbye cute little garden in the side yard. All because of a… material defect?
Here’s the truth: you and the seller are working from a place of common ground. You love the home. They want to sell. The “problem”, whatever that might be, exists… but that doesn’t blow the whole deal up necessarily. Odds are, you’re in escrow and if the seller isn’t willing to work with you, well, that means they’re still going to have to deal with the problem, or at least disclose it to any potential future buyer. The listing might go cold, it might sit forever. The buyer might as well be… YOU.
How do we move this transaction along, then? Yes, Mr. or Mrs. Seller, you have lived here for 20 years and never had a problem with your chimney. That’s true. But that also doesn’t mean something couldn’t happen tomorrow or the next time a fire is put in that fireplace. A bald tire can still be driven on, but it’s only a matter of time before that bald boy is gonna pop.
So, time to get down to business. Does the seller repair? Are credits involved? How can we deal with the reality of the situation to move things forward, rather than understanding that we could have saved a lot of time, money, and headache if we’d just gotten a pre-inspection (cough, cough, wink, wink.)
Home inspectors are on your team. Realtors are on your team. Communicate, be flexible, and let’s get this thing done.