What to expect at a pre-settlement inspection?

What is a pre-settlement inspection?

A pre-settlement inspection is your buyer’s opportunity to inspect your property before the final payment is made. These inspections are not compulsory, but buyers usually want to use the opportunity to check nothing untoward has happened to the property since they signed the contract. It also reassures the buyer that you as the seller have addressed any specific conditions that were included in the contract or agreed on when the deposit was paid.

In a nutshell, buyers are entitled to ensure the pool hasn’t turned green, the lawns and garden haven’t died and that you have haven’t removed the curtains and carpet.

What do buyers look for during pre-settlement inspections?

Most of the time buyers, are pretty excited about their new purchase and are just wanting to get a feel for their new home. Often they want to measure up spaces for their furniture or to work out what colour to paint the walls.

When is the pre-settlement inspection completed?

The pre-settlement inspection is usually conducted one week before settlement day, but in some cases it may take place only a few hours prior to settlement. The advantages of doing this a week out, is that it allows you enough time to fix any outstanding issues that you may have missed or not have been aware of.

How many pre-inspections can the buyers do?

General conditions states that a buyer can complete one inspection, therefore if they are bringing along tradespeople it is up to them to coordinate the relevant tradespeople to attend the one inspection.

Buyers are allowed one further inspection if they identify items that require rectification.

Who can attend the pre-settlement inspection?

The buyer can be accompanied by 2 people unless you give them permission to bring more.

In many cases we will attend the inspection with the buyer. They often ask if you can also attend the inspection as it’s a good opportunity to run through how the property works. However, it is up to you as to whether you attend or not.

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What happens if the buyer finds some issues?

If the buyer claims to have found new damage or deterioration, it doesn’t necessarily give them the right to withhold on settlement. They must prove that the damage breaches the conditions stated in the contract of sale. Deterioration may just be a result of wear and tear or the buyer may have missed it before they signed the contract to sell your house fast in Miami Dade.

If, however there is significant new damage to the property, you may in breach of the contract and may be required to repair the issues before settlement. Your conveyancer or solicitor is the best person to talk to here.

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