(Closed) When you bought your house, did you ask the seller to make any repairs?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
3114 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

There were major repairs needed but we asked to lower the price instead, we wanted to make sure things were done right and not just the cheapest possible way. We ended up getting the price lowered by 25k.

Post # 3
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Nope, but it was a short sale so it wasn’t really an option.

When I sold it, the buyers asked for repairs that were not necessary (for example, inspector said the furnace was old and might need to be replaced soon – it worked fine and I never had any problems – they asked for $3k toward replacing it). Several things like that which totaled about $5k. I offered $1k and they took it. 

It really depends on the market though. I had 3 other offers in the wings (and they knew it) so they weren’t going to play hardball on minor things. If it were something major (foundation, widespread plumbing/electrical etc) that’s a different story. 

Post # 4
1365 posts
Bumble bee

We asked for them to replace the septic, which was on its last legs, and they gave us half of the cost. We asked for them to repair a chimney and they gave us a $2,000 concession toward it. They also put in a radon mitigation system. I feel like I’m forgetting one other big one. But they were pretty motivated sellers and the house is almost 200 years old. 

Post # 5
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

We had a great inspection, which didn’t find anything major. We asked them to cap a live wire. We also had a septic inspection and found the distribution box needed to be replaced, so we asked for that. It was only around $500 so we would have done it outselves or split the cost but they did it no problem. 

Post # 6
6606 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

We also just had the price lowered a bit – I forget what the specific changes were now.  I know we put in new windows and garage doors right away, but I sort of feel like it was something else.  Anyway changing the price based on something you know is an absolute repair is a good way to get the house faster, rather than waiting around for them to do repairs.

Post # 8
3501 posts
Sugar bee

punchberry :  I can answer! We closed September 23!

There were some (very) minor fixes we needed to have done. We didn’t ask the seller to do them because he was a jerk during negotiations. It wasn’t worth losing the house over about $500 in repairs.

Post # 9
376 posts
Helper bee

Yes, we did because we were getting an FHA loan. Our house originally has NO GFCI outlets in the kitchen or bathrooms and so we asked the sellers to have that professionally fixed or else we wouldn’t be able to purchase the home. We also asked for minor things, one toilet needed a new seat and needed to be tightened, the master sink had to be tightened also. 

So the only major thing was the outlets. They didn’t put up any fight with doing any of the repairs. I think they must have been told they would need to do the outlets unless an electrician was buying the house. I would think most sellers would fix the small things – they’re gaining a huge profit from the sale of the house!

Post # 10
2923 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

punchberry :  We did not ask the sellers to make any repairs, but the house was only 12 years old so there really wasn’t anything major anyway.  We did get them to lower the price a bit as they had tile in their foyer and kitchen and all the comps in the area had hardwood floors.  We are having the tile torn out and having hardwood put in ourselves. 

Post # 11
2014 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We were buying via a relocation company, but to get our with the VA we had to have a railing on our front steps. we also needed the flu fixed, and a few other small things. we also.made them come down on the price. 

We got lucky because the house had been sitting for a while. 

Post # 12
5113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

We have a VA loan so we did have to get a couple repairs done before we could get funded. They were pretty minor, just repairing a small water damaged spot on the front door frame and repairing a very small leak in the roof where there was some moisture coming into the space above the garage, as well as replacing some missing shingles. VA loans are very strict about anything that could cause a mold problem. 

Originally, they were also supposed to replace the central AC as well, but we ended up getting the purchase price lowered due to a low appraisal and we gave up them replacing the AC. I’m actually glad it worked out that way because they lowered the price by more than the AC cost us and we were able to get a good quality system with a great warranty when they would have probably just picked the cheapest one they could find. 


ETA: I wanted to note that there were other small things that came up on the inspection that we didn’t ask to be repaired because they were so small. Things like adding extra smoke detectors or the fact that there was a crack in one of the tiles in the laundry area and worn buttons on the stove. Our inspection was very thorough, but most stuff was inconsequential. 

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