(Closed) Home inspection Done! What have you asked sellers to do after?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

TBH I am not sure I would ask for repairs on any of those things. Consider if the cost of repair is worth them rejecting your offer over. If it is then ask, otherwise I wouldn’t. The only thing we asked for was a repair to the calking around a bathtub faucett, because we had a 3 month possession and the home inspector said it could be leaking and damaging the drywall so we didn’t want that to continue for the next 3 months

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Bulkhead rusting? Not sure what that even is.

I wouldn’t ask for any of those things either, as none are really much of anything.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

We asked for a couple things after our home inspection. Termite treatment and ductwork needed to be ran into the bedrooms (this is an older home with a central system). Both of these were required for us to get our home loan because we did FHA which has some special rules. But if your home inspector didn’t tell you any were urgent then it may be just as easy for you to do it after you have the home. But sometimes it doesnt hurt to ask, most likely they are under contract with you which means you will have a chance to negotiate before they can just cancel the contract they have with you. And if they have accepted your offer then they are bound to you for the time being unless something falls through.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

We asked for a couple things. They only agreed to a few. One being to properly bolt the deck to the house. But that was kind of importAnt.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I think its very reasonable. You are locked in together right now and the worse that can happen is they can counter offer.

When we asked for the duct work to be added, they counter offered. Our house was an estate and they were selling it to put there mom in a nursing home for dimensia. So we offered to pay 1/2 for the duct work and they accepted that. I would definitly ask if you feel it is something that you would like fixed. They want to sell the house and if they got out of the contract with you they would have to start from square one again so they won’t do that unless you all didn’t agree on something. But they would speak to you before cancelling a contract with you.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Jw1724:  I think that would be reasonable. If they really want to sell you are in a good bargaining position

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Nice!  That’s not a bad inspection and I think it’s reasonable to ask for some of those things to be fixed.  And you should definitely bring in a heating specialist to look at the venting issue.

 

For our inspection, they said the roof would need replacing in the near future, there were about 12 windows with bad seals on them, the main water shutoff was sticking, and the dryer vent needed to be cleaned.  Originally, they thought there was a problem with termites, but that turned out to be a false alarm after we brought in the pest service.  We ended up asking for the water shutoff and venting issue to be fixed and the seller gave us a $500 credit to buy those things.  The seller also had a warranty on the windows and she was able to get them replaced for free.  What was odd was the seller’s realtor kept pushing us to ask for the roof to be repaired and didn’t understand why we didn’t want her to fix it.  We knew that the seller wasn’t in a good financial position and would put the cheapest shingle possible on it, and we wanted to wait and install a better quality roof on our own.  The seller’s realtor was kind of dumb though – he also didn’t understand why fixing the main water shutoff was so important.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Nothing. None of it was serious enough for us to be willing to reopen negotiations and give the sellers a window of opportunity to accept a different offer if one had come in after they accepted ours. I didn’t realize that was a possibility until I educated myself a bit more, and from there the choice was easy. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Jw1724:  I would have the crack in the walkway fixed. If it is hazardous, sometimes insurance companies will refuse to cover you unless the crack is fixed. I had the homeowners fix the sidewalk. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

None of it, it’s all minor.  Here’s the list we got, all for a newly renovated house, which we expected should have been redone right:

  • Broken hot water storage tank (no hot water for showers!)
  • Unfixed termite damage in garage and under new kitchen at least, possible more locations, unclear treatment history (none recent), lied about termites on paperwork
  • Deck not properly flashed to secure from water
  • Windows showing evidence they might not be properly flashed
  • Shingles installed too close together and already buckling
  • High radon levels (cancer = bad.  Husband works in cancer field)
  • Foundation issues on garage in particular
  • Chimney flues not properly separated (gases mixing in fireplace = very bad)

Those are items to request $ (or walk away as we ultimately did).  Things like a missing gutter, banister that needed support, improper vent – those are akin to the things you mentioned and we would have just fixed them ourselves.  Pretty small.

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