How a Real Estate Attorney Can Help With a Bad Home Inspection

How a Real Estate Attorney Can Help With a Bad Home Inspection

A bad home inspection isn’t necessarily game over! An experienced real estate attorney can help you determine your next steps.

Here’s what you should know about home inspections.

How Do Home Inspections Work?

 When you buy a property, a home inspection is recommended to ensure everything is in working order and you have no surprises. Even on an “as is” deal, you could either back out of the purchase or work with the seller to:

  • Have repairs completed before the closing
  • Request credits from the seller


The home inspection process is simple. You select the inspector of your choice. Your real estate agent or real estate lawyer might recommend someone. Before they inspect the property, be sure it’s clear what type of inspections you would like the inspector to perform.

Home Inspection Lists

 Most inspectors have a set list of points to go over although you could request further inspections such as a radon test and a sewer scope, as needed, for additional fees.   

During the inspection, the inspector will typically check:

  • Flooring
  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Windows and Doors
  • Basement, Attic, and Crawl Spaces
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical 
  • Major appliances
  • HVAC System
  • Exterior landscaping and driveway
  • Siding and/or brickwork 
  • Fireplaces 
  • Garage


It’s also important to know what your inspector will not check. For example, they don’t look for permit violations. So, be sure to have your real estate lawyer request this information from the seller..

Working With Your Real Estate Attorney 

This brings us back to our topic of a bad home inspection. It’s worthwhile to discuss the issues with your real estate attorney. Your attorney will know the best way to raise these concerns with the seller in order to keep you in compliance with the Contract. Your attorney will know the proper way to ask the seller for repairs or credits as well as request any permits the seller may have obtained. If you’re confused about the legal aspects of the inspection or buying process, your attorney will help make it clear.

Real estate attorneys have experience with the entire buying and selling process. They protect your rights! 

About Mages & Price LLC Today

Mages & Price LLC serves homeowners and investors across the Chicagoland area. Whether you are a home seller or buyer, we can help protect your investment and make your closing process a great experience.

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