• Allison Adams

    ABR, GRI, CHMS, RSPS

    Lake Homes Realty

    205-914-2400
    allisonpadams@gmail.com

Inspections and Repair Negotiations

While my sellers tend to become less stressed as soon as all of the purchase contract signatures are in place, I am with them and ready for the next negotiation phase. Property inspections can frequently result in buyer requirements for corrections by the seller. Whether you’re prepared for these or they come as a surprise, I'm here to help you to deal with them, as repair disputes are the most frequent reason for contract failures before closing.
 
Part of my job is to help you to avoid too many “surprises” related to condition and repair negotiations after inspections. I'll do my best to give you information about what I see that buyers may want corrected, but there are definitely things that nobody can anticipate until the inspectors have submitted their reports. So, there’s one other thing I try to do in order to prepare you and leave some negotiation room for you.
 
I want you to always be thinking ahead to inspections and repair demands from the first offer. Always be thinking of what may be coming in the way of inspections and repair negotiations, especially when the initial purchase contract price negotiations are in play. No matter how urgent your need to sell, if you go too far in price concessions at the beginning, you may have no room left when inspections are done and condition corrections are requested by the buyer.
 
As the buyer is normally paying for and ordering inspections, my job for my sellers is to make sure that they happen on time and that I receive the inspection reports by deadline due dates. I then meet with my sellers and go over the reports and any buyer objections/requirements to develop a counter strategy. If there are no objections or they’re minor in nature and cost, you may opt to agree to corrections. However, if they’re more extensive and were not anticipated, my job is to help you to reply in a way that saves you money and keeps the buyer in the transaction.
 
Depending on the desires of the buyer and their selection of inspectors, there could be as few as a single inspector hired to do a thorough inspection of the home and all equipment supporting the home.  However, there may also be other inspectors hired with a more focused goal, possibly a heating and air conditioning contractor, a well inspector, septic inspector, etc.  Each of these inspections will have deadlines for completion and submission of reports and buyer requests for corrections.
 
I have my own list of inspectors and contractors, and can call in experts to provide cost estimates and help my sellers to make decisions within the deadline times. Unless you have multiple offers, a buyer in the hand is worth something. My job is to get them to the closing table and your satisfaction with your net proceeds from the sale.

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Success Stories
  • Highly likely to recommend 02/03/2015 - herringlorie Bought a home in 2014 in Sommerville, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Local knowledge: 5Process expertise:5 Responsiveness:5 Negotiation skills:5 After a bad experience on a "For Sale by Owner" working with Allison made the buying process so much easier. She understood the importance of our budget and only showed listings within our budget.

    Lorie
  • Highly likely to recommend 04/20/2015 - dcook5983 Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Duncanville, AL. Local knowledge: 5Process expertise: 5Responsiveness:5 Negotiation skills:5 alison was very friendly, and would go out of her way to get us a showing or show us a house to fit our needs. great experience! she also answered our phone calls or text very promptly there was no waiting around.

    David
  • Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $175K in Brookwood, AL. Local knowledge:5 Process expertise:5 Responsiveness:5 Negotiation skills: 5 Allison was the ONLY agent that contacted me back out of 6. She was super flexible and accommodated every want or need. She sent me info on every house I inquired without getting pre-approved, while all other agents would not even speak with us until doing so. We fell in love with the very first house we viewed. Everything fell into place and we got everything we wanted. To make things even easier, her husband,Chad Adams just happens to be the finance bank guy so you get two for the price of one! She sold us the house and he financed it. He was extremely down to earth and made things very easy for us. I absolutely recommend Allison and Chad if you are looking to buy a house!! Thanks so much! Hope we remain in touch you guys are great people!!

    New Mom
  • Highly likely to recommend 03/01/2016 - josephbrentbonner Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $200K in Northport, AL. Local knowledge: 5Process expertise: 5Responsiveness: 5Negotiation skills: 5After a mutual friend gave me Allison's information, we set off on a the house buying journey. She was by far accommodating in my search for the perfect house for me. She did a magnificent job learning what I was really looking for in a house and I think we looked at almost every house in Tuscaloosa until I found the perfect one for me! Did I mention she was patient!!!

    B. Bonner
  • Highly likely to recommend 02/26/2016 - ambuh11 Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $200K in Northport, AL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Allison is awesome!!! She helped us with everything we needed to get us the perfect home!!! I highly recommend her!!! She can help you with all your house needs!

    Amber
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