(Closed) After inspection, what do I ask the seller to fix? Nothing major needed…

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: What should I ask the seller to fix? You can vote on multiple things :)
    Nothing. All things you want to change are your preference, not their responsibility : (12 votes)
    35 %
    Definately the windows : (15 votes)
    44 %
    Paint on the walls/cabinets (have them strip the paint or pay for it to be done) : (0 votes)
    Plumbing warranty OR have them update it : (3 votes)
    9 %
    Resolve the heat vent issue : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Tell them everything & renegotiote the price even thou they probly won't go for it : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I think that for something like paint/cabinets/heating vent… those are just things that come along with buying an older house. There are going to be things that are a bit old-fashioned. But– I think the windows is a reasonable request. Does the place have AC? If not then you will HAVE to keep the windows open and it sounds like kind of a hazard. Why don’t the windows stay open? Are they broken? Honestly that is going to be a kind of costly repair for them so they might not go for it, but at very least I would try to get them fix it, to split the cost with you, and roll that amount into your mortgage. A few thousand extra probably won’t put you over your limit but that way you don’t have to come up with the money out of pocket and its done before you move in. 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Storm windows are supposed to be able to go up/down. Also— there are supposed to be inner windows with storm windows (usually it goes inside/window/screen/storm window/outside). I would ask for this to be finished. 

    Post # 7
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    You could ask them to fix these things, or you could ask for a price reduction in the amount that ot would cost to fix them.  They may not go for it, but sometimes it works.

    Post # 8
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    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    It really depends on how things work in your state—your realtor is a great resource for that, so if you can wait till she gets back, that’s what I’d do. In California, you wouldn’t get too far asking for anything on the paint or the heating vent, because those are both normal and were very visible before you made the offer, so should have been factored into your offer already. (You probably don’t need to strip the paint for the walls, though, and possibly not even for the cabinets, so I wouldn’t stress too much—neither our cabinets nor our walls have ever been stripped in 95 years for the walls and 70 for the cabs, and if you chip the paint off, every color of the rainbow is there to show you! Beeswax also helps with sticky drawers.)

    The cold air exchange, in addition to being visible, is also pretty normal in older homes with forced air furnaces, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. (Our house has one, and even our friends who had heat installed in their older home recently have one.) You can replace it with other materials, though; ours is wood instead of metal, for instance (so it’s not cold to walk over). You probably don’t want to cover it with a rug, though, since it needs to draw air from the house into the furnace.

    The two things I might ask for are the windows and plumbing, since you didn’t know the condition of those when you made your offer. (Also, you’ll want to find out if the windows are actually broken—if they are old double hungs with pulleys that have snapped, it can cause that problem, but they might not be old enough for that…?) Again, depends on what the norm is for your market, but here you would be likely to get the seller to fix anything that’s broken or unsafe, but not just something that’s old. (So for instance, if you want copper pipes and they’re galvanized steel—that won’t get replaced. But the pipe is corroding—that will.)

    Also, you can always ask for things and see what happens—unless you’re in a multiple offer situation, it can’t hurt since the worst the seller can say is no, and then you can decide whether it’s worth it or not to go through with the sale. Good luck!

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @serabell, storm windows are usually designed to be put over the “real” windows in the winter months to create a cushion of extra warm air and protect the inside from snow/rain/cold—is it possible that that’s what they’re talking about? You would normally remove them in the summertime (although a few are made to snap to the side in the summer) so when it’s window-opening season, you just have a single window. I might ask a window company to go out and take a look and tell you for sure what’s going on—they could also give you an estimate for fixing anything broken so that you can take that back to the seller. (You can do the same with the plumbing, too, for negotiation.)

     

    Post # 10
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    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Possibly you should ask them about the windows and maybe a reduction on the price for the plumbing.  You can’t reasonably ask them to replace the plumbing though (I would compare the age of plumbing systems for homes your age and if that had an effect on their selling price).  The paint probably doesn’t need to be stripped, usually you just paint over it unless it’s really thick.  And I’m not completely sure what you mean about the heating vent but I doubt that is something that needs to be fixed.

    Post # 11
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    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I was just dealing with this yesterday. Our agent advised us to always ask for anything to do with plumbing or electric as it can always get more expensive than an inspector might estimate. We had the same problem with one of the windows and asked them to fix it as well. In terms of the paint, maybe you could ask for an allowance for the paint issues?

     

    Post # 13
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Congrats!  I hope the appraisal goes well!

    Post # 14
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think these are things that need to be discussed in a price negotiation. New windows, plumbing, etc are upgrades that you might be able to talk them into, but maybe not before you want to move in. Have you looked at similar houses in the area? Have these negative aspects already been accounted for in the asking prices? If so, these are the oh-so-pleasant downside of owning a home that you’re going to have to deal with yourselves.

    Post # 15
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Ask for everything! They can only say no.

    We asked for like, 10 big things to get fixed on the house. If they want to sell the house to you….they’ll fix all that stuff!

    Also depends how long it’s been on the market.

     

    Post # 16
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    5761 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Storm windows usually have screens with them. The seller may already have them stored somewhere so that’s an easy fix. We never remove ours in the winter,but I know some people do. There’s actually almost an art form to operating them. There are side indentations that are used to adjust the windows. There should be some sort of mechanism on the bottom sash on either side that you slide in (thus sliding the clips inside) and you raise the window all the way up,then pull the screens down. Most storm windows have 2 panes of glass and one screen. If the operating mechanism is stuck (or maybe you just didn’t know how to work them properly)  and the extensions weren’t seated on these built in lips,then,yes,the window will slam down.

    I’m glad your realtor gave you some good advice. None of the things listed are anything I’d give a buyer credit for,as those things mentioned should have been seen (and negotiated) with your offer.

    Good luck with your new home! Its an exciting time!

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