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  • Writer's pictureIan Thorpe

Can You Fail A Home Inspection?



Is It Possible To Fail A Home Inspection?

Technically, a home inspection is not a pass or fail exam. The goal of a home inspection is to provide the buyer with a comprehensive understanding of the condition of the property they are considering buying. The inspection report should include an objective assessment of the home's major systems and components, identifying any issues or areas of concern.

However, some inspection reports may use language that could imply a pass or fail grade, such as describing certain issues as "major defects" or "safety hazards." These types of issues are typically significant enough to require immediate attention and repair, and buyers should take them seriously.


Buyers should be aware that even if an inspection report does not identify any major defects or safety hazards, it does not mean that the home is free of issues. Inspectors may not be able to identify every problem, especially if they are not visible or accessible, and some issues may be minor but still worth addressing.


It is important for buyers to carefully review the inspection report and discuss any concerns with their real estate agent and/or a qualified home inspector. If significant issues are identified, buyers may want to consider negotiating repairs or a reduction in the sale price with the seller.

Overall, buyers should approach a home inspection as a valuable tool for understanding the condition of the property they are considering and making an informed decision about whether to proceed with the purchase.

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