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What Fixes Are Mandatory After a Home Inspection?

What Fixes Are Mandatory After a Home Inspection?


April 2nd 2022

If you’re selling your home, you might wonder if there are common repairs needed after a home inspection. Most buyers, after all, won’t commit to purchasing a place until there’s been a thorough inspection by a home inspector—and rest assured, if there are problems, this professional will find them!

So if your home inspection turns up flaws that your home buyer wants fixed, what then? 

What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection?

A home inspection report is not a to-do list; rest assured, there’s no need for you to fix everything a home inspector thinks could stand for improvement. Basically inspection repairs fall into three categories: fixes that are pretty much required, according to the inspector; fixes that typically aren’t required; and fixes that are up for debate. Here’s how to know which is which.

Home inspection tips for sellers: Common fixes required after a home inspection

There are some repairs that will be required by lenders before they will release funds to finance a buyer’s home purchase. Typically these address costly structural defects, building code violations, or safety issues—sometimes in the attic, crawl spaces, and basement—and others related to the chimney or furnace.

An inspector will also check whether your septic system and heater are in good condition and verify whether there’s a possible radon leak or the presence of termites (homeowners tend to have many questions on these topics). Other conditions of the home that an inspector may report on include those related to the roof, electrical systems, and plumbing lines and the condition of your HVAC system.

If a home inspection reveals such problems, odds are you’re responsible for fixing them. Start by getting some bids from contractors to see how much the work will cost. From there, you can fix these problems or—the more expedient route—offer the buyers a credit so they can pay for the fixes themselves. This might be preferable, as you won’t have to oversee the process; you can move out and move on with your life.

Home inspection repairs that aren’t required

Do you have to fix everything on a home inspection? Cosmetic issues or issues of normal wear and tear that are found by the inspector usually do not have to be fixed.  Check with your realtor about any repairs that might be legally required in your specific area at the Shore.

Do you have to fix everything on a home inspection? Home inspection repairs that are negotiable

Between fixes that are typically required and those that aren’t is a gray area that’s up for negotiation. How you handle them depends in part on the market you’re in. If you’re in a hot seller’s market, you have more power to call the shots.

While buyers are always advised to have a home inspection so they know what they are buying, when there are a limited number of homes for sale and buyers need to compete for homes, they might actually waive their inspection right to ask a seller to make repairs.

In fact, the best contract for a seller would be for the buyer to agree to purchase your home as is or to request an ‘information only’ home inspection, thus absolving you of any need to pay for any fixes found by the inspector.

However, in a normal market, you won’t be able to draw such a hard and fast line related to an inspection.

Work with your real estate agent to understand what items you should inspect for yourself and agree to tackle—and where you might want to push back.  Every sale is unique.

Just remember: you’ll want to be reasonable when it comes to repairs because you may have already put a lot of time into the selling process, and it’s likely in your best interest to accommodate some fixes rather than allowing the buyer to walk away. Also, depending on the magnitude of the requested fix, it’s not likely to go away. Now that it’s been uncovered by the home inspector, you’ll need to disclose the issue to the next buyer.

Bottom Line

When it comes to repair items, everything is negotiable!  In a seller's market, you'll be able to refuse many buyer demands for repairs, but in a balanced/buyer's market, expect to make at least some minor repairs on the inspection report.  

The current market is historically in favor of sellers, so reach out today to cash in!

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