Understanding Home Repair Requests for Home Buyers

    A home inspection report will highlight a list of home repair issues needing attention before you complete the purchase transaction.

    Regardless of whether the house you want to buy is a new construction or decades old, you will always need to make a request for repairs.

    Repairs can run the gamut from major plumbing or electrical issues to minor tile chips or floor scratches.

    Keep in mind that it is unlikely that the sellers will repair the tens (or hundreds) of line items on your fix-it wish list.

    Therefore, it is important for a buyer to have clear and reasonable expectations when making home repair requests.


    Leverage Home Repair in Your Favor

    Let them hear it from a pro: hire a professional, experienced home inspector to fully inspect the home you have your eye on.

    Aside from determining whether the house is in good enough shape for you to invest your hard earned money in it, having an official inspection report will give you an edge at the negotiation table.

    Telling the seller you want the porch repaired because it feels shaky will not hold weight unless a professional home inspector submits a report about the porch’s structural damage.

    Each Home Repair is Not Equal to the Next

    If the home repair is relatively minor in cost or a non-safety issue, it may not be worth making an issue over it. Valid buyer repair requests are generally significant issues uncovered by a thorough home inspection.

    Any items obvious when you initially look at the house—like cracked sidewalks or peeling paint—should be stipulated in the purchase offer and not requested as a home repair later in the process.

    Common Home Repair Requests

    Here are some items commonly found on buyers’ home repair lists, although sellers may or may not be willing to fix them:

    • Upgrading ungrounded electrical wiring if the house was built before the 1960s
    • Replacing old-style galvanized water pipes or any leaking pipes
    • Making roof repairs
    • Changing disintegrating sewer pipes
    • Upgrading heating/cooling systems and water heaters

    Required Home Repair Items

    Items a seller must fix are these:

    • Any water penetration issues, such as a wet basement or moldy walls
    • Local code safety violations, such as missing handrails or an unstable deck

    In addition, any repairs listed on the appraisal report must be fixed.

    For example, if a structural problem was noted on the appraisal, a lender may not be willing to release funds to the buyer until that home repair is made.

    In many cases, the seller may opt to offer you a cash credit for the cost of the repair, rather than taking the time to have it repaired themselves.

    This is actually in the buyer’s favor, as the seller no longer has a vested interest in ensuring the job will be done right.

    Updated from an earlier version by Aviva Friedlander.

    Source:  Realtor.com

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    Steve Baker

    Steve comes to the world of real estate with nearly 30 years of Marketing and Graphic Design experience. These two very important skills make him ideal for this profession. In 2017 he achieved his highest accolade to date becoming a global, award-winning real estate graphic design/marketing recipient. Mr. Baker is not only a REALTOR but the Director of Marketing for Rinehart Realty. His education and work experience also include a Bachelor degree in Education and degrees in Radiologic Technology and Medical Ultrasonography. He was a pioneer in the field of Radiology PACS development and Radiology Voice Recognition adoption and implementation in southwest Virginia. His previous positions as Director of Radiology and PACS Administrator lead to enormous development in resources and project management necessary to succeed in the field of real estate. Steve is a writer and developer for a variety of blogs and real estate publications. He recently completed his first book of quotations and is currently working on a Real Estate Marketing book. He is a strong supporter of the United Way, having won a past Campaign Coordinator of the Year award. He is also a strong advocate for breast cancer research and education. Mr. Baker has a history of work experience developed on the foundation of a strong work ethic, the pursuit of excellence, quality, honesty and integrity.

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