Agent Visual Inspection Disclosure (AVID)
In the simplest words, a visual inspection that an agent conducts in person is called an agent visual inspection disclosure (AVID).
Usually, there are two agents involved in this transaction. They represent the buyer and the seller and are required to perform a visual inspection of the property. Both agents must also be able to present their individual visual inspection disclosures.
However, neither of the parties’ agents are required to show up in coveralls to crawl through the crawlspaces or put their heads in the attic or anywhere else. If a single agent is representing both the parties, there is one AVID form for you to review. And remember, the Agent Visual Inspection Disclosure (AVID) is a “property-specific” admission.
What You Should Remember about AVID
The agents who work for you are not licensed contractors, so they can’t diagnose the problems they see in the property you are buying. Their job is to only make a note of unusual things or things that have gone bad in the property. Things that are unusual or stand out may be really important for the seller or the buyer or both.
In other words, the agents only describe and can’t diagnose. A decent AVID will state things like “visible wall cracks,” nothing more than that. An agent is neither trained nor responsible to identify the underlying causes of any prominent problems.
Another thing to remember here is that it is not an agent’s job to move things such as furniture or piles of stuff or crawl into thin spaces for any reason. Your agent will not be a substitute for a contractor or professional who carries out inspections to diagnose the root cause of each fault. It is a ‘once-over’ thing that the agent does for you.
Agent Inspection Limitations
To make things clearer, here is a list of things that your AVID agent will not do. The agent will NOT:
- Climb into crawlspaces, into the attic, or onto the roof.
- Look under or behind any furniture, dividers, or wall hangings etc. He will not move things to see what lies beneath them and will not check chimneys or the interiors of the cabinets, etc.
- Look beneath the house or any other property you are buying. She will not climb up or down, move or intrude through bushes and plants or other barriers.
- Operate or check appliances, etc.
- Measure the lot size, suggest size improvements, and/or identify encroachments.
- Check for mold or any hazardous substance.
- Calculate the cost of repairs.
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