Originally Posted By: rray
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Anything in the home inspection report can be used as a purchase contract escape here in San Diego. I found out that one of my Clients backed out of a deal on a 2002, 2-story house because there were no window screens anywhere (they interfered with the view, according to the seller, so seller sold them all).
Now before you start thinking "incredulous," remember that you don't know what's going on in the buyer's mind. A good Realtor would have offered to buy screens for this house ($1,000 maybe) in order to close the sale and make $15,000 commission. And, in fact, the Realtor did.
However, it turns out that the buyers were relocating from Boston where they lived in a three-story brownstone. They were leaving Boston and moving as far away as possible because of bad memories in Boston. Those bad memories? Their 2-year old child had fallen out of a second-story window and died; no screens.
They just were not emotionally prepared to deal with screens that were missing, so they did not. I did the inspection on the next house they were buying. Virtually an identical house, same neighborhood, etc. The difference? It had screens.
Home inspections. . . .
One home at a time.