What Buyers Should and Should Not Request to Be Fixed on a Home Inspection.

Reblogger Joan Cox
Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

When the Buyer receives the inspection report, we always have the conversation of "the issues should be health & safety" that you ask the Sellers to repair.   Great post by David, and please comment on his original post.

 

Original content by David Popoff Ct RE Broker 0789963

What Buyers Should and Should Not Request to Be Fixed on a Home Inspection.

Basically, home repairs that the inspector finds will fall into three categories: -

  • Ones that are not required ~ Cosmetic issues and normal wear and tear usually do not have to be fixed. Home Inspections are not a punch list of every minor defect to be fixed.
  • Ones that are required ~ Ones that are required are usually for fixes to structural defects, building code violations and safety issues.
  • Repairs that are negotiable ~ If it’s a Seller’s market then there is more room for wiggle, it it’s a Buyer’s market you might have to do a little more to get the house sold .

What Repairs to not to ask for: -

  • Cosmetic Issues ~ such as painting, small cracks, type of fixtures.
  • Do not try to nickel and dime the Seller, minor issues under $100, usually the house has some age and is not a new house, minor issues will occur.
  • Improvement you would like, the seller is not responsible for preparing your dream home.
  • Cosmetic landscaping and minor yard problems.
  • GFCI outlets missing in older homes, something you and your agent should be aware of before making an offer.
  • Items that are in plain site as you view the house such as a cloudy window, a loose door knob, a cracked tile.

What Repairs should be fixed: -

Focus on repairs and replacement that are significant structural, mechanical and environmental defects.

  • Major structural issues, leaky roofs, substandard building violations.
  • Termite, wood destroying insects, wild life infestations such as squirrels and bats in attic.
  • Major drainage and water damage.
  • Mold problems.
  • High Radon levels.
  • Major Electrical, plumbing defects.
  • Dangerous Lead Paint issues, go to EPA’s website to read more.
  • Well water problems
  • Septic issues.
  • Chimney and foundation issues.


Buyers if you have an experienced Realtor then he or she can guild you through what to ask for and what not to ask for. Remember what is in plain sight for you to see before the inspection should not be included. Focus on the big expense items, safety issue items, structural and mechanical issues and not the trivial small issue items if you are serious about buying the house.

You can ask the Seller to make these repairs or it might be better to ask for a Sellers credit at closing and you hire a reputable contractor to make sure the job is done correctly.

 

Other avenues to help Sellers get the house sold.

  • Offer a home warranty ~ a one-year home warranty starts off at about $500 and is good for a year.
  • Sellers often ask if they should get a pre-listing home inspection ~ it is a good idea if it is an older home and the owner has not or does not know the shape of their home is in. Home Inspections is one of the biggest hurdles Sellers need to get a jump ahead to avoid potential selling blocks.

 

 

For more information on Home Trends in Fairfield County, Connecticut contact DMK Real Estate.DMK providing step by step real estate assistance for buyers, sellers, builders, landlords and tenants.

 

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Joan -  Years ago I did fix a few cosmetic issues in a 5 year old town house.  I didn't mind then since I got a very good price but older house have natural wear.

Feb 11, 2019 05:58 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the re-blog, Joan.  This is excellent advice but I'm afraid it will fall on deaf ears for many buyers.

Feb 11, 2019 06:07 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Great reblog Joan Cox and so on point! We have an "As Is" clause in the contract to help avoid some of these nuisance requests but they still put them down. They should be considering these when they make the offer....DA!

Feb 11, 2019 07:06 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great choice for a reblog, Joan. I regularly see repair requests come from imexperienced agents asking sellers to address what is totally a maintenance item showing no issues.

Feb 11, 2019 07:49 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Joan, really good re-post. Every area of the country is a bit different when it comes to real estate...but this list is really universal.

Feb 11, 2019 08:14 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, it is good to get some of the minor things done prior to listing! 

Feb 11, 2019 08:20 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, I agree, deaf ears of the homeowners.

Feb 11, 2019 08:20 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, we do have that same AS IS clause, but always get a list, some are health & safety, some are not.

Feb 11, 2019 08:21 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I do too.

Feb 11, 2019 08:21 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I thought so too.

Feb 11, 2019 08:21 AM #10
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I would  think  it depends on the type of loan they  are  looking  for 

Feb 11, 2019 09:19 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Joan, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Feb 11, 2019 09:44 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

EXCELLENT re-blog choice ....and should be in the "realtor handbook" !

Feb 11, 2019 11:06 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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I see, agents think the same way in Connecticut (which I can hardly spell) as you do in Denver, Joan, as I do in Sacramento. Especially this line particularly resonates:

Improvements you would like, the seller is not responsible for preparing your dream home.

Feb 11, 2019 11:07 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

William, that is true, FHA & VA could have their own issues.

Feb 11, 2019 03:40 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, thank you for stopping by.

Feb 11, 2019 03:40 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sally, some of these could and probably are recognized in all states.

Feb 11, 2019 03:40 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, so agree, if there are changes you want to make after purchase, those are YOURS to pay for! 

Feb 11, 2019 03:41 PM #18
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