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What to Do with Conflicting Inspection Reports

Some valuable tips to deal with this problem

As if buying a home isn’t complicated enough, wait until you come across conflicting home inspector’s reports. Buyers often complain about this and for some, would back out of the sale after knowing the risks involved.

A home inspection report is needed to determine the repairs needed by a home once it transfers ownership. A professional home inspector evaluates these damages such as missing floor tiles and roof shingles, leaking faucets and even weak foundation in the home. A good inspection report will cover every part of the house from the fireplace to the roof and to the kitchen. In other words, it must reflect the existing condition of the structural and mechanical systems of the house.

But there’s a problem with this. Buyers would want to always have the honest information regarding their possible purchases but sellers who want to dispose the property may either fail to sell the house when the inspection report reveals the selling price doesn’t reflect its state of disrepair. Furthermore, they would naturally avoid any situation where they’d have to spend for repairs before selling the house. As such, as against law and ethics, some sellers, realtors and inspectors conspire to fool the innocent buyer.

For most transactions, both the buyer and seller hire their own home inspector to get a more accurate report before the purchase. But what happens if these reports don’t match? Believe us – even licensed inspectors do have varying results. One may suggest that the entire flooring needs to be replaced while the other may ask you to have very minimal repair only.

So what do you do in case there’s a conflict? Here are some options.

First, you may arrange a meeting with both inspectors and have them explain their work. This will help you decide which one’s more accurate. The downside however is that one might not show up in your meeting (remember, they’re also busy with their work and some would demand additional fees for this).

Second, you may hire another inspector to assess the home. A third report can make things clearer. You’d just have to pay for the additional service.

Finally, you can ask the seller to meet you halfway. If they need to sell the property and you are very interested, explain to them the cost of repairs that you’ll spend for once the title changes hands. The conflicting reports are a proof to that. In this way, they can lower the price for you.

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