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This situation is always tense and expensive. It can be avoided!
Let us now assume that inspection result occurs, but it is for seller as home goes onto market. The seller is now in control. Armed with a clear picture of what is wrong, seller can choose to shop calmly for best value in repair contractors, offer a credit at closing or adjust sales price to reflect diminished value. They can even make necessary repairs, then increase price of home to reflect increased value!
No matter choices made, seller, on seller's time frame, makes them. This actually makes for a neater, simpler buying decision for buyer. The buyer knows better what condition home is in and knows what issues to base initial offer on. The buyer will still in most cases get home inspected, but this is a breeze. It is rare that any additional items of significance arise.
The pre-listing inspection puts deal killing at lowest risk. Most often, it makes for an awesome deal-closing tool!
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