What inspection items are appropriate to repair? This is a loaded question. Often times what is appropriate will depend on the verbiage of the contract and determined on a case by case basis.
We do have some general guidelines we like to start with:
Safety items (We always recommend starting with items that could pose a safety risk).
- High Radon Gas level
- Electrical malfunctions
- Loose railings
- Fireplace/Chimney Safety items
Other reasonable items (May require a 2nd opinion from a qualified specialist in the appropriate field).
- Active termites
- Hail damaged roof
- Plumbing systems properly operating
- Leaky basements
- HVAC working properly
Typically unreasonable items (Many of these items should have already been negotiated in the offer)
- Cosmetic or mechanical upgrades
- Pest control prevention system
- New paint and/or flooring
The more realistic you keep the negotiations, the better the chances of a win-win solution for everyone. Luckily, you have a Realtor that will help guide you through the inspection negotiation process. Together we will determine what is and is not reasonable to ask for if you are a buyer and/or agree to repair if you are a seller.
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