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An inspection contigency, of course, is for the buyer's benefit!
Most of them are written so the seller can't back out of them

On what planet? I've bought and sold in multiple states and in each of these states the contingency is to protect the seller from going through with a purchase if the required repairs are much larger than expected, and the seller from having to be subject to a deal he did not agree to. The seller can only be held to the original contract, which in this case included drop dead by dates, as all contracts should.

Understand what you sign before you sign it.

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