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How to Determine When a Home Reinspection Is Necessary

Reinspection is an important step in the home buying process. After all, you are searching for new homes to be your next permanent residence.

Reinspection is a follow-up assessment done by your inspector to ensure nothing serious has been missed out and to address any discrepancies. But how do you know whether a reinspection is really necessary? What factors count in determining this?

Listed below are some of the instances that should give you a cue that a reinspection is necessary.

What Is a Home Re-inspection?

A home reinspection is a second inspection after the buyer has accepted an offer on their house. The seller may request that the buyer pay for this inspection, but since it's a service to ensure everyone knows what they're buying, most buyers choose to foot the bill.

A home reinspection is typically done within five days of the acceptance of an offer. The inspector will revisit the property and look for anything not mentioned in the initial inspection report and provide feedback to both parties on any potential issues that should be addressed before closing.

Here are some signs that you need a reinspection:

The Report Is Not Clear and Concise

If you're having a hard time understanding the inspection report or something that seems to be missing, it is highly recommended that you get another opinion preferably by another inspector. This will help you get a clearer picture of the condition of the potential property.

There Are Missing Reports

It is essential to ensure that the home inspection company you hire is licensed and insured. If they are not licensed, their report will be considered worthless, and you will be required to look for another inspector. You also need to make sure that the home inspection company includes a comprehensive report with photos of all areas inspected in their final report.

The Seller Refuses to Have Another Reinspection

If the seller doesn’t let you do another inspection, this may be because they have something to hide or are concerned about what a reinspection would reveal. Their refusal gives you more reason to investigate. Find out why they don't want another inspection done and see if there is any way you can resolve this issue without having to go through an attorney or other dispute resolution service.

There Are After-Closing Problems

You may notice new problems after closing on the property. Sometimes sellers will do work in preparation for closing that wasn't mentioned during the initial inspection. Suppose you're unable to inspect after closing. In that case, this could result in a situation where you're stuck with repairs that weren't disclosed before closing and aren't covered by your purchase agreement or contingency fee provisions.


These are the signs and circumstances that would require you to do a reinspection. You need to ensure that there are no significant issues or defects in the property before moving in.

If you are unsure about whether to conduct a reinspection or not, it is best to consult a reliable home inspector in Birmingham, AL. They will be able to give you an expert opinion on the matter. Schedule your inspection with the Let's Do It Home Inspection team today and get a thorough assessment of your future home!

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