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What is an Inspection Objection?

by | Jul 11, 2018 | Real Estate Glossary

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So you just had your inspection.  Be prepared, because there will undoubtedly be a few things that show up on your Inspection Objection (sometimes referred to as the Inspection Notice) that your buyers want you to fix.  This is normal, so take a deep breath and put down the phone – your mom can sit this one out. We’ve got you covered.
When the potential buyer of your home sends you the Inspection Objection, try to remember: whatever the buyer points out in the Inspection Objection isn’t designed to insult you; it’s designed to sweeten the deal for them or to ensure the home they are purchasing is in good working order when the deal closes.


  • Broken, cracked or foggy window panes, missing or torn window screens
  • Missing smoke detectors/no carbon monoxide detector
  • Signs of water damage on the floor/ceiling/walls
  • Messy or dated electrical panels – inspectors really hate this and it can be a hazard
  • Garage door safety features that protect kids/pets
  • Non-functioning sprinkler systems in the yard
  • Plumbing or wiring not up to code
  • Broken closet doors (fix easy stuff like this before you go on the market)
  • Missing or damaged gutter extensions (they should end 4+ feet away from the house)
  • Peeling paint or stain on exterior surfaces and decking
  • Damaged siding or stone/brick façade
  • Cracks in walls/ceiling from foundation settling
  • Non-functioning appliances included in the sale (such as the refrigerator)

This list is not exhaustive and doesn’t include issues like pest control, mold, radon or numerous other items that can pop up on the Inspection Notice. But don’t be alarmed! Buyers who are scared away by something they uncover during the inspection will generally let you know right away.
The vast majority of the time, you’ll receive an Inspection Notice that allows you to negotiate actual repair/replacement issues or concessions in lieu of these items.

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