Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers

What Repairs Should I Request to Taken Care Of?

Posted in Due Diligence,House Hunting,Inspections,What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on August 23, 2007

Buyers have often asked me about what repairs they should request a seller to take care of.

Some of them? All of them? None of them?

It really is a personal choice, but for me, I always suggest requesting that safety issues be taken care of (electrical, plumbing, heating). These can be serious hazards, and often the repair is not costly. There may be other things you can overlook, or that you would prefer to fix yourself.

The major repairs should also be considered – rotted steps, cracked plumbing, leak in the roof – since these can end up causing more costly damage.  If the seller is not willing, then perhaps a negotiation on price is in order to compensate.

It is a good idea with more extensive repairs to have a professional examine the issues so you know what they mean, and what the costs might be to fix them. This can help in your negotiations with the seller, but you will also know what you are up against if the seller is unwilling to take on the repairs.

As I said previously, you can always walk away if you and the seller cannot reach a reasonable agreement. No house is perfect, but you DON’T want to take on “the money pit” unless you really enjoy that sort of thing.

Read my previous post on What if Problems Arise in an Inspection.

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