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Monday, December 16, 2013

Selling Your Florida Home: Can a seller do "required" repairs or must they hire a contractor?

Florida Residential Home Sales:  Can a seller do the repairs or must a contractor do them?

As a Florida licensed real estate broker associate I am not an attorney and can't provide legal advice.  Still, the Florida Realtors®/Florida Bar contract I routinely use addresses the issue.

What does the Florida Realtors®/Florida Bar Residential Contract for Purchase and Sale say? 

Two phrases stand out - "by an appropriately licensed person, in accordance with all requirements of law" and "shall consist of materials or items of quality, value, capacity and performance comparable to, or better than."

Although I am not a lawyer, I think this is clearly saying hire a professional and don't skimp on repairs.  Sellers should be prepared to provide receipts to document payment as well.

Of course this could be a non issue if the "other" contract is used - the "As Is" Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase.

For legal advice regarding real estate transactions consult an attorney.

Considering selling your Viera, Florida home?  Call me at 321-693-3850 if I can assist in any way.

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