Southern Maryland:

995 Prince Frederick Blvd., Ste. 205

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Office (410) 535-1000

DC Metro Area:

4400 Jenifer St., NW

Washington, DC 20015

Office:  (202) 364-1300

Lili Sheeline

202-905-7561

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INSPECTIONS & REPAIRS

Price negotiations are only the beginning. Once a

contract is in place, there are documents, disclosures

and inspections to get past. Any of these items can

result in further negotiations and can make or break a

deal.

Inspections in real estate encompass many areas:

  • Structure

  • Roof

  • Mechanical equipment

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical

  • Wood-boring insect infestation

  • Mold & other environmental hazards

  • Wells & water quality

  • Septic systems

Your transaction may only require some of the above, and some inspections may be combined and provided by a single inspector.  It’s my job to help you to order the proper inspections and schedule them, and it's important that you attend them. It's also critical that inspections are completed, and any required Notices delivered to the seller, on time.  Otherwise buyers may lose their opportunity to negotiate with sellers over unsatisfactory inspection results.  I will help you make sure that this doesn’t happen.

When property condition issues are uncovered that want the seller to address, you enter a second round of negotiations in the contract process.  I review inspection results with my buyers and prepare the documentation necessary for requesting the seller's correction and repair.  Since sellers don't typically have an obligation to make repairs, this becomes a critical negotiation, especially if the problems are significant.

It is my responsibility to assist, and to lend my expertise to, my buyers in these negotiations. Next to price, inspections and repairs are the biggest killer of real estate transactions, and sometimes creativity is needed to keep your deal moving forward.  While I cannot make the decisions for you, I can provide you with the information you'll need to prioritize, strategize, and make good decisions.

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