It’s Sunday morning….You’re scheduled to go out and see houses later on with your real estate agent. But it’s nasty outside. It’s beyond pouring. You can’t even imagine walking from the car into a house. You’d rather just cancel the appointment and hang inside, maybe watch some TV.
You can always go see the house next weekend.
But should you wait for next weekend?
Should you even wait to go see houses only during the weekend?
There’s five weekdays you can go see houses. Is there a better day than a Sunday?
What if someone else scoops up the house before you end up getting out to see it? Right?!
Sure. Totally a possibility. And, totally a reason to motivate and go see that house today in the rain.
But that’s not the point of this article. The point is that the best day to see a house is not necessarily Sunday. It’s also not necessarily not Sunday.
The best day to go see houses is when it’s raining. Even better if it’s raining heavily. And it’s best if it’s been raining for a few days straight.
It’s the future. You skipped going to see the house in the rain, but you ended up buying it eventually. Of course you had a home inspection done on the house during the process. But that was a sunny day, and it hadn’t rained in some time.
Then, after you’ve lived in the house for a while, you start to notice a drip in the ceiling. Or some dampness in the basement. Or worse, actual water on the basement floor.
You’d probably be pretty upset. You’d feel like the owner should’ve disclosed it. You feel like there’s no way they didn’t know that this was a problem. And you’d probably be right. But good luck proving it.
Then you think one of the real estate agents should have either noticed the issue, or knew about it and hid it. But, there’s a good chance that the agents truly didn’t have knowledge of it. And frankly, unless the real estate agents are told about an issue, they aren’t qualified to assess issues that a qualified home inspector should pick up on.
Ahhhh…the home inspector. The home inspector should pick up on it! That’s who to blame and go after.
Most likely they would pick up on water related issues. There is usually some sort of evidence they can see.
But sometimes these types of problems aren’t all that obvious. Especially if the inspector is looking through the house after it has been dry weather for some time.
It’s easy to try and place fault, blame, and consequences on others when something goes wrong.
The true enemy, though, is water.
So much damage can be done to a house due to water…
- From the roof.
- To the gutters.
- To the windows.
- The basement.
- And even the landscaping and driveway can be affected by water related issues.
It’s best to take advantage of the moments in the buying process where you can face your potential enemy head on…on a rainy day.
You can save yourself a lot of time, money, and aggravation by seeing a house in the rain. If there are problems, they should show up on a day like that. That doesn’t mean there won’t be in the future of course.
That also doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the house of your dreams if there are some water related problems. But at least go forward knowing what you’re dealing with, and ideally getting the owner to own up to and fix any issues before you close on the house. Because once you close on the house, those problems are your problems.
So, if you wake up and see rain on a day that you’re scheduled to go see a house, don’t cancel. Go.
Obviously you can’t guarantee it will rain every time you go see houses, or on the day you do a home inspection. It would be impossible to find and purchase a house if you only looked and inspected homes on rainy days. So don’t get too hung up on it.
But if the opportunity arises, certainly don’t overlook the benefits of getting out to see houses in the rain.
A rainy day can be the best day to go see a house.
Sellers are not required to fix issues discovered in a property inspection. There is a process of negotiation. You should be aware beforehand that inspections normally detail issues plus additional tips by the inspector for improvements that can be made. Consider the issues rather than the improvements since it is unfair to demand upgrades. If that were done, the value of the home would be greater. tips on home inspection negotiations for Farmington Hills Michigan property purchases is provided below.
What to Negotiate
Buyers should look through the list of defects and identify which items are critical, keeping in mind a strategical approach. It is often best to pick your battles. If there are a couple of significant defects and several minor ones, it may be more effective to simply ask the major ones. In cases where there is an extensive amount of moderate problems, perhaps asking for the most expensive ones will be smarter than submitting an extremely full list.
What Can Result from Negotiations
Sellers have a few alternatives…
- Agree to repair everything on your list prior to closing.
- Agree to address a few of the items before closing.
- Offer to provide a credit to the buyer (via money towards closing costs or a reduction in price). The buyer becomes responsible for repairs.
- Refuse to do anything.
The negotiation may continue many times until both buyer and seller are in agreement. In certain circumstances, agreement may not be reached at all. If both parties remain on cordial terms, both can be more willing during the negotiation discussions. Whereas if any one feels taken advantage of, agreement may be unlikely.
Tips On Home Inspection Negotiations For Farmington Hills Michigan Property Purchases
Negotiation strategies should be discussed with your real estate agent and should consider the specific situation. Remember that inspection results detail both defects and recommendations and that attempting to negotiate improvements is rarely successful. Inspections should not be a way to renegotiate purchase price but rather to resolve big problems that were not disclosed. Respecting this process will lead to more desirable outcomes. The above Tips On Home Inspection Negotiations For Farmington Hills Michigan Property Purchases was prepared by Tom Gilliam at RE/MAX Classic. Contact Tom for more assistance on negotiating property inspections and other critical steps in the home purchase process.
A home inspection is an assessment of the building and all mechanical elements by a licensed professional. It normally includes a review of each visible aspect of the interior and exterior of a house. A certified home inspector has inspected many properties and is therefore familiar with all the features of home construction, utility systems, and how they all should function. Even a handy home buyer may not have the in depth knowledge of an experienced inspector. Farmington Hills Michigan real estate inspection tips for buyers and sellers can be found in this blog.
Farmington Hills Michigan Real Estate Inspection Tips
Property buying is a large investment that you should not enter into without in-depth knowledge. An inspection identifies the condition of a piece of real estate and needed repairs. You may realize that most problems are acceptable and can be easily fixed, while others may tell you not to purchase a specific property. Alternatively, an inspection can also confirm that a home is in perfect condition. Good or bad, having this important knowledge will help you make better real estate purchase decisions. A buyer broker will guide you on how to best negotiate results.
Home Owner Tips
Home sellers may complete property inspections prior to marketing a home for sale to address important repairs. A repaired home may sell more quickly than one that is not. If you choose not to repair the problems revealed, be aware that you must disclose any known defects to potential home buyers. This is not actually a bad thing because buyers would at some point find them after their own inspection and would probably ask for concessions. By providing the details in advance, buyers can take it into account when submitting a bid, minimizing the potential added expense of addressing it later in the sale process.
Costs and Inspector Background
The fee for an inspection normally depends on the size of a home. Extra fees may be charged for testing of things such as water quality. Fees can also vary depending on the experience of the inspector. Review the qualifications of an inspector based on training, experience, and professional affiliations. In the end, an inspection is important taking into account the large financial commitment of purchasing a property. For additional advice on Farmington Hills Michigan real estate inspection tips and tips for home buyers and sellers, contact Tom Gilliam at RE/MAX Classic by calling 248-790-5594 or emailing [email protected]