Dear Monica:  I am going to make an offer on a property and the seller has provided a home inspection as well as many disclosures.  I would like to have my own contractor look at the property rather than relying solely on the seller’s report.  What would you advise?  Robert G.


Dear Robert: I think it would be a very good idea for you to have your contractor look at the property on your behalf.  You will need the seller’s permission to do this but this should be easy to obtain.


With the fast pace of the real estate market here, and the fact that multiple offers are common, having your own consultant review the property condition will make you feel more confident about it.  And doing your due diligence before making an offer means you won’t have to ask for a property inspection contingency.   Most sellers choose the best non-contingent offer rather than one with an inspection contingency.   Good luck with your offer.