Seller Not Required to Repair Sprinkler System

Question: After we signed a purchase contract for a home in Chandler, we had a home inspection.  This home inspection showed that several underground pipes in the sprinkler system were broken. The seller refuses to repair the sprinkler system, but is willing to return our $25,000 earnest money. Can we make the seller fix the sprinkler system?

Answer: Probably not. Under the standard AAR purchase contract, lines 191-192, the seller and the buyer agree that the home is sold in its present physical condition at the time of the execution of the purchase contract. Thus, your seller has no obligation to make repairs, but typically a seller will agree to make repairs after a buyer’s home inspection.

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