Published on our April 2022 Newsletter

Question: What is an inspection contingency, and how is it handled?

Christie’s Answer: Once an offer to purchase a property has been accepted and signed by all parties, the Inspection Contingency Period begins. Generally, this is a 2 week period, though 3 week periods are not unusual. It ensures that the Buyer receives vital information about the property from a Licensed Professional Home Inspector. It gives the Buyer the option to accept and sign off on the Inspection Contingency Period, OR potentially negotiate repairs, a reduction in the purchase price in lieu of repairs, or even walk away from the purchase with a full refund of their earnest money deposit.

Some people ask if they can waive the property inspection contingency. Our professional advice is to not do this. We feel it’s important that Buyers have as much information as possible about the property they are buying. It’s to the Buyers’ advantage to be present during the inspection so that they can ask questions of the Inspector on site, and learn more about their new home or condo.

After the inspection contingency period is complete and accepted by the Buyer, in Real Estate terms, their earnest money deposit has “gone hard” and is non-refundable. Then the purchase moves to the next phases of the process, which we will cover next month.

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