Lisztomania: A List of Common Home Sale Contingencies

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:39



A home sale contingency is an offer on a home that has been made and the seller has accepted it, but the finalized sale is contingent upon certain criteria that has to be met. If a buyer or seller is unable to satisfy a contingency, then the offer on a home may become void. When it comes to real estate contracts for buying or selling a home, contingencies hold the key to either big savings or large potential losses. Here are is a list of common home sale contingencies that you likely run into if you're a buyer or seller.

Common Contingencies


  • Obtaining financing

  • Well and septic inspection

  • Home inspection

  • The sale of buyers home

  • Survey of the property boundaries Repairs to be made by the seller A primary offer

  • Energy inspection or improvements Code compliance inspection

  • Joint driveway or well agreement Radon test

  • Buyer pre-closing walk-thru inspection Urea formaldehyde foam disclosure Perk test

  • Repairs or improvements by buyer before closing

  • Safe water test

  • Successful closing of another real estate transaction

  • Zoning changes

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