You’ve found the perfect home, in the right neighborhood with the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms. The home inspection is done, but a few issues have been found. Now, you have some decisions to make: What repairs can I ask the seller to make?
Ideally, the issues would be small enough—and inexpensive—that the seller would be happy to fix them before the sale. However, it’s often a fine line between what the seller should fix and what the seller must fix. Fortunately, you’ll have your trusted real estate agent on your side to help you make these decisions.
Generally, structural defects—such as foundation issues, water leakage and code/safety violations—found during a home inspection are the responsibility of the seller and must be fixed. Your agent will let you know if any of the issues found during the home inspection are required to be fixed by the seller. You can also request other repairs, although the seller may not agree to them. These may include replacing older plumbing, upgrading electric wiring, or installing new HVAC systems. Cosmetic issues like bold paint choices, nail holes and other normal wear-and-tear are usually the responsibility of the buyer.
Repair requests, whether major or minor, are much more credible when done in conjunction with a qualified home inspection. Home inspection standards vary from state to state, so it’s essential to work with your real estate agent to choose a qualified home inspector. Your inspector should be licensed, have established credentials and belong to a trade association.
Buying can be an overwhelming experience, but knowing which repairs to request following the home inspection is one less thing to worry about. Timely and open communication with your real estate agent throughout the process can help to ensure a smooth and successful sale.
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