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By Emilio DiSpirito, The DiSpirito Team
with HomeSmart Professionals
Most existing homes need repairs. When you find a
home you want, it is important to pick your battles when it comes to repairs
requested from a home inspection.
Repair Requests to Avoid
Yup, we said it. Obviously, you need them, but if
they’re missing or broken don’t bring it up! It is required by the
seller according to inspector and appraisers to replace smoke and carbon
Normal wear and tear are to be expected. Cosmetic
issues are at the top of the list to avoid asking a seller to fix. Although it
is tempting to fix that cracked tile or chipping door frame, slow down! Most
cosmetic repairs are affordable and easy to fix after the sale. Think first, how
much do I really want this home? You may not be the only buyer. Realize
this is someone’s home – filled with memories and can be hard to part with for
some. Your judgements may lead you to the bottom of the list.
Rule of Thumb: $100 and
There may be a hundred little things that need to be fixed on
a home, but both you and the seller only have so much time to close a deal.
When you hit a seller with multiple little repair requests, he or she may feel
overwhelmed simply due to the time required to make the repairs.
Loose Fixtures and
Although these things may be
annoying, they are fixable with basic tools and little effort. If it is not
dangerous, leaking, or expensive – LEAVE IT BE!
Landscaping and Outdoor
Do not worry about the stones, the
poorly cut bushes, cracks in the driveway, or overgrown grass. You want them to
hand you the keys and plant flowers for you too? WRONG. Once you’ve bought your
new home, you can make it your own and landscape how you want it.
Most sellers are hoping for a quick and easy sale;
repairs only lengthen the transaction of buying or selling a home. If you know
there are a few spots in the home on your top “to-dos”, then it might not
be worth the request. Instead of asking for flat-out repairs, try to negotiate
with the seller — they may be willing to give you a credit for these damages
that you can use
when you do renovate the
kitchen. A house and a home are different. You buy a house, and then you make
it a home.
What Should Be Fixed?
INSPECT: Every buyer
should hire an independent and qualified home inspector to conduct a
home inspection before buying a home. Sellers are reluctant to negotiate
or even listen to a request for repairs from buyers without a home
CONSULT: with your real estate agent to see what problems you may be
able to ask a seller to remedy. This professional can also advise you if any
flaws are serious enough to make you consider withdrawing the offer.
DiSpirito, The DiSpirito Team – Learn more at: www.DiSpiritoTeam.com