So, is there any way to avoid the scenario above? Not entirely, but there are ways to be proactive and at least be prepared for the worst case. A proactive seller can work with their agent to order their own inspections in advance and make needed repairs without the rush and pressure of escrow. Not only does this save time, but it eliminates a lot of the uncertainty of the typical escrow. Now when you accept that offer, you have a better idea of your true net sales price, you have a higher likelihood of the house appraising if the appraiser knows about the recent repairs, and you’ve saved the time and headache of dealing with all those inspections based on someone else’s schedule. When fewer items come up on the inspection reports, the buyer feels more comfortable with their purchase and is less likely to ask for trivial repairs or upgrades. With a little bit of understanding, forward planning and modest expenditure, your escrow should move much more smoothly toward becoming a completed sale.