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Inspections on a House for Sale are not about Pass & Fail

There is no such thing as a "Failed" inspection on a house. Nor is there an inspection that is considered a "Pass".  Inspections are done for buyers who want to know more information about the house they are thinking about purchasing. These are deemed "informational purposes only."

Houses for sale home inspection pass failIn most states, if a buyer doesn't like their inspection, there is usually a way to cancel the contract. But what does that mean? Does it mean the inspection failed? No, it means the inspection was thorough about the house and its present condition, in order to give the buyer information about what might need to be repaired. It means the buyer didn't like what they read.

If a report doesn't show many issues, does that mean it passed? No, it means the inspection was thorough about the house and its present condition.

Yes, I gave the same answer for both situations. There is no criteria about passing and failing a home inspection on a property for sale. An inspection is only about whether or not the buyer is willing to take on the potential challenges the house might have to offer. Many people look for houses in bad condition so they can fix it up themselves. They aren't looking for a "perfect" house. Plus, there is no such thing as a perfect house as they're all built by humans!

Houses aren't like school where you get a pass or fail grade on the inspection. All you get is information, and how you interpret that information will tell you if you want to buy the house or not.

 

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Comment balloon 26 commentsDonna Harris • September 18 2014 07:37AM

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Good point, Donna.  An inspection could have a million notes and still be the right home for a buyer, or it could have one finding that's just too much.  There is no pass or fail, just an informed buyer.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) about 3 years ago

I wanna buy a house!!!

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Posted by Thomas Smith about 3 years ago

Exactly, John!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 3 years ago

John, I never thought of a home inspection as a pass or fail thing, interesting concept!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 3 years ago

Just yesterday a new agent taking a listing told me the home was under contract last year and failed an inspection. I said exactly what you did. There is no pass or fail, instead say the buyer and seller didn't resolve the inspection.  

Posted by Cheri Long, Metro Denver Realtor- Your Home is my PRIORITY (Metro Brokers/Priority Properties, Inc.) about 3 years ago

Donna - it really is up to us as agents to educate both our buyers and our sellers on the process as we move through the transaction and the inspection often requires the most education

Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (The K Company Realty) about 3 years ago

And educating buyers that the age of the home will bring up a lot of today's codes in inspections, and reminding them that the home is built to X code, not today's code.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 3 years ago

Donna Thank you!  I am relatively new and am trying to absorb as much as possible about the process. I appreciated your insight.

Posted by MICHELE WRIGHT, REALTOR- GRI-SRS-CBR (Better Homes and Gardens, Masiello Group) about 3 years ago

Sometimes anything but thorough happens. A case of a very thick three ring binder with terms about what is a sill plate, a header, BX wiring cable. Like junior high building, contruction course manual. And then where's the beef, the actual eyeballing the sticks and bricks. One page check off and not much time put into the once over glance at the property. Consider the inspection to see if it should raise eyebrows. Be taken serious.

Posted by Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 3 years ago

A buyer might "pass" on a house that's in poor condition. Most buyers have a long list of requirements. Location, style, size, condition are all factors most people look at. The appraisal and inspection are usually at the end of a long process and hold the most secrets. Like you mentioned some people want a long list of inspection items.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) about 3 years ago

There's only a "pass and fail" in the buyers mind. Were there too many issues for them to consider taking on and the sellers not willing to budge? Fail. 

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) about 3 years ago

In some cases it may be a fail.  An FHA inspection has a different set of criteria, and some of those items MUST be fixed, as they become a condition of funding.  While I agree, that the home inspection is for informational purposes, it can often be the beginning of a negotiation that ultimately stops a sale depending upon the flexibility of both the buyer and the seller.

Posted by Geoff ONeill (John L. Scott Medford) about 3 years ago

This is a very sensible way of discussing the inspection with the buyers - before the inspection.  Buyers should not go into it hoping to renogotiate.

 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Yes to this post and point...We have additional EYES on the prize and this invites more discussion, clarity and if handled correctly..a satisfying conclusion

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 3 years ago

I think this is something that most people don't understand. There is no right or wrong answer to what is acceptable, it depends on the situation. The home inspection is just an honest evaluation for that particular time.

Posted by Aaron Poling, Working to get YOU the BEST Deal! (Long & Foster) about 3 years ago

Donna Harris - I love the simplicity of your answer about "no pass or fail". The inspection gives the buyer an opportunity to go back and renogitiate if there are items that are deal breakers for them if they are not fixed. Just had that happen. 

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea about 3 years ago

With some people, no matter how much you prepare them for this process they still get a little nutty.  I like your explanation.

Posted by Lynette Bruster, ABR, Associate Broker (Long Realty Company) about 3 years ago

Geoff, FHA is an Appraisal, not a home inspection. Completely different things. FHA criteria has lightened a lot over the years, and their main criteria is to have no safety hazards. No house should have a safety hazard!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 3 years ago

In all my transactions this year the seller's have played ball on getting inspection items done thankfully.  We haven't had to cancel over anything yet.  

Posted by Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local. (Blue Olive Properties, LLC) about 3 years ago

Inspections are so important - but it's not a pass or fail!

Posted by Linda Weisberg, Experience is NOT Expensive...It's Priceless! about 3 years ago

I always try and tell the buyer that the benefit of the inspection is they get to start out in home and know every single thing that needs attention right from the start.  They need to know that this is a good thing and that at least there will not be any surprises later.  I also tell them that all homes have some issues, even new construction.

Posted by Eddie King, Serving all of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties, FL (Keller Williams on the Water - Sarasota) about 3 years ago

This quote says it all

"There is no criteria about passing and failing a home inspection on a property for sale. An inspection is only about whether or not the buyer is willing to take on the potential challenges the house might have to offer."

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 3 years ago

Exactly...Someone's nightmare is someone else's "so what".

Nice way to remind people.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) about 3 years ago

Here it is all about functionality. Lots of ways out of a contract for either party. If a buyer wants to buy and a seller wants to sell you work it out.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 3 years ago

Donna Harris - this is a great point. Inspection is not a pass or fail test. (And now I'll include this in my presentation - thanks for new definition of Home Inspections.)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) about 3 years ago

When we look at a home or a home inspection, my husband and I just want to make sure there's nothing we can't fix or live with. Some folks want a lifetime guarantee on everything in and around the home, and won't settle for less. It really is just for information purposes so buyers can apply their own standards of acceptable.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 3 years ago

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