The purpose of the home inspection report is to make both parties aware of the home’s condition. Based on this information, the buyer will:
- accept or reject the home with the conditions noted in the report.
- require seller to correct noted conditions before settlement.
- require an adjustment in the purchase price to compensate for the expected cost of repair.
The home inspection is intended to make the buyer and seller both fully aware of defects. Our home inspections routinely protect a seller from a lawsuit for failing to disclose existing conditions.
Home Inspection: Bad for the Seller?
It is very important to remember that home inspectors are not code enforcement inspectors; code enforcers are typically municipal or county officials. A home inspection report should never be interpreted as a legal requirement for the stated items to be corrected. Home inspectors have no authority to enforce any corrections whatsoever.
A typical example of contention between buyer and seller occurs when a home doesn’t meet safety code guidelines that were not introduced until long after the home was built. Take GFIC safety receptacles as an example. This can be a safety concern the buyer wants corrected, while the seller argues that when the home was constructed, GFIC outlets were not required.
Again, home inspectors cannot legally require the correction of any defect. Inspectors simply note the defects and empower both the buyer and seller to negotiate an outcome.