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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Ken Jones said...refer to the contract...

Apr 18, 2016 12:10 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Alas, way too many sellers think they can do it themselves when they should not.  Most of us include in our Repair Requests some verbiage to the effect of "Work to be done by a competent professional and their invoice to be provided to the buyer at time of the final walk-through."  

I would point out to my seller that he is endangering the deal if he refuses to have the work done by a professional.

Apr 17, 2016 10:47 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Great question and great answers. 

Nov 29, 2019 10:08 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Licensed contractors only.

Nov 29, 2019 08:44 PM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

What does your inspection contingency addendum say regarding the point? Beyond that if the seller was willing to pay the buyer's home inspector to come back and inspect after the work is done - you may be able to get the buyer to go along with letting the seller make the repairs - maybe not. And maybe the seller may have to put up some seller proceeds to be held in escrow for 90 day s or a year or whatever a contractor would be on the hook for a come back call if the work failed prematurely. Or maybe the seller would like to get paid in some other form other than US currency because the buyer doesn't trust the Federal Reserve (and the buyer's distrust would not be without just cause). Typically it's easier to simply follow the guidelines spelled out on the inspection addendum and hire a lic & bonded contractor to make the repairs.

Apr 18, 2016 12:33 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Our contract specifically states:"repairs and treatments must be performed by person who are licensed to provide such repairs or treatments or, if no license is required by law, are commercially engaged in the trade of providing such repairs or treatments".

Apr 17, 2016 11:07 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Get a second opinion then.

Apr 21, 2016 01:40 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Well, what can you do about it? If the buyers insist on these repairs from professional - would seller risk a sale?

Apr 20, 2016 12:26 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Good luck with this guy!  Has he already signed the inspection removal addendum?

Apr 18, 2016 12:40 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Not gonna happen in Florida.

Apr 18, 2016 12:28 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

If the contract requires the repairs be done by a licensed contractor, then they have to abide by that.

Apr 18, 2016 12:22 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

In many contracts, the buyers will require a licensed contractor to do the big fixes...

Apr 18, 2016 11:33 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

The inspector could be wrong, have a professional roofer give an opinion.  In regards to any needed repairs, here in Texas our contract specifically states repairs must be made by licensed professionals...or for repairs where licensing is not state regulated, a professional/company that engages in repairs of that item.

Apr 18, 2016 10:37 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

This is very good question.

Apr 18, 2016 09:44 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No 1, it is up to licensed people to verify and if a seller wants to do licensed repairs that would be foolish. If I was with the buyer I would not accept the repairs.

Apr 18, 2016 07:57 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

He can hire his own inspector, and he can do his own repairs but would need to be certified by a licensed contractor.

Apr 18, 2016 06:12 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Our contract states work to be completed by a licensed professional.  Homeowner completing the work after inspection without proper city permits could lead to a property not selling. 

Apr 18, 2016 04:46 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Dump the seller.

Apr 18, 2016 03:28 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Wait until the buyer makes their repair request.  If the seller wants to fix things, go for it.  If they want to do a credit, or a combo of both fixing and a credit, awesome!  If the seller thinks the inspector is full of it, nothing he can do except get a second opinion and hope the buyer agrees with it.

Apr 18, 2016 03:15 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

When the contract calls for specific contractors to do repairs, the seller does NOT have a choice, or he is in breach of the contract.


Apr 18, 2016 02:32 AM
Sandra Steele
Wise Choice Properties, Sedona/Verde Valley Branch - Cottonwood, AZ
Integrity, Knowledge - 37 Years of Experience!!!

Call a licensed contractor and get the items fixed and get the baby closed.

Apr 18, 2016 02:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Seller can do what they want, but with possible consequences should buyer not agree,  unless agreed to in a repairs request that a licensed contractor must do the work 

Apr 18, 2016 02:14 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Let him do the repairs and hire his own inspector to verify that they are done right.

Apr 18, 2016 02:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

How is this addressed in your state's purchase agreement as well as the language used in the buyer's request?

Apr 18, 2016 01:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my sellers always followed my direction .... they hired licensed contractors and pulled permits for everything....

Apr 18, 2016 01:07 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

If the contract allows the seller to repair on their own ... then so be it. Word of caution ... the buyer may not accept that. Show proof of the upgraded roof 5 years ago.  Good luck with this. 

Apr 18, 2016 12:43 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

1. Does contract require that work be done by a licensed contractor.
2. Home inspector probably has verbiage in his report that says contact a roofer for the roof. If it was 'upgraded 5 years ago', break out that paperwork and call whoever did that work. Might that be warrantied?
3. What's more important, Smart Seller? Closing your transaction or winning the argument?

Apr 18, 2016 12:34 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

May want to suggest to Seller to give a credit for home inspection issues and let Buyer have controll of repairs after settlement. Or if this Buyer falls out Sell "as-is" so the Buyer knows , what you see is what you get.

Apr 18, 2016 12:09 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Let him fix it and if challenged afterwards...get another inspection

Apr 17, 2016 11:50 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

I agree with Ken Jones' response.

Apr 17, 2016 11:48 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good luck telling the buyer repairs were made by anonymous! That boat don't float!

Apr 17, 2016 11:04 PM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Most buyers just aren't going to trust a do-it-yourself job by the seller. If you want your sale to close, do the job once and have it done right, by a professional.

Apr 17, 2016 11:00 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I am unsure what an 'Updated' roof is. Explain.

I work at the pressure of the one who hires me. If they do or don't want to fix, if they do not don't want to DIY, I can work with it.

Apr 17, 2016 10:56 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good luck!

Apr 17, 2016 10:41 PM