Early inspection jeopardizes real estate purchase

What if home seller damages home after buyer's final walk-through?

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DEAR BOB: We had the final walk-through inspection on our home on Monday. The mortgage funding and closing were on Wednesday. The seller then had 72 hours to vacate. On Sunday when we moved in, we discovered damaged walls, toilets clogged, pipes leaking, and the wood floors scratched. What recourse do we have after all the funds were transferred to the home seller? – Frank W. DEAR FRANK: Home-buyer walk-through inspections should be scheduled after the seller has moved out. But that advice is too late for your situation, which shows what can go wrong when the buyer's inspection occurs too early. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. If your sales contract says the home is to be delivered in the same condition as when you inspected it, then the seller is liable for the cost of repairing any damage. Take photos of the damage. Save your repair bills. However, if you do the repairs yourself, don't expect reimbursement because the value of your labor is impossible to determine. Pre...