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What Can You Ask the Seller to Fix? A Guide for Homebuyers

Are you in the process of purchasing a home? One crucial aspect of the home buying journey is the inspection period. During this time you have the opportunity to identify any issues with the property. But what exactly can or should you ask the seller to fix? In this blog post, we’ll explore some common repair requests that homebuyers may consider during the negotiation process.

Safety Hazards: Safety should always be a top priority. Any issues that pose a safety risk should be addressed by the seller. This may include faulty electrical wiring, plumbing leaks, broken handrails or stairs, or issues with the HVAC system.

Structural Issues: Structural integrity is essential for the long-term stability of the home. If the inspection reveals any structural issues such as foundation cracks, roof damage, or termite damage, it’s important to address these concerns with the seller.

Water Damage: Water damage can lead to costly repairs and potential health hazards such as mold growth. If the inspection uncovers any signs of water damage, such as water stains on the ceilings or walls, damp basements, or leaky windows, it’s crucial to address these issues with the seller.

Code Violations: Homes must meet certain building codes and regulations to ensure they are safe and habitable. If the inspection reveals any code violations, such as improper electrical wiring or plumbing installations, it’s essential to request that the seller rectify these issues before closing.

Cosmetic Issues: While cosmetic issues may not affect the functionality or safety of the home, they can still impact its overall appeal and value. It’s not uncommon for buyers to request that sellers address cosmetic issues such as peeling paint, outdated fixtures, or worn-out flooring.

Appliances and Systems: If the home comes with appliances or systems such as HVAC units, water heaters, or kitchen appliances, it’s essential to ensure they are in good working condition. If any appliances or systems are not functioning correctly, you may consider asking the seller to repair or replace them.

It’s important to approach repair requests with a reasonable and fair mindset. While you have the right to ask the seller to fix certain issues, it’s also essential to consider the age and condition of the home. 

By working with one of the knowledgeable agents at Amanda Howard Sotheby’s International Realty, we can help you approach repair requests with a fair mindset. Reach out to us today at 256.799.9000. 

I invite you to go to our YouTube channel where I share more tips for buyers, sellers, and provide the most up to date tips for not only the Huntsville housing market but the complete real estate industry. 

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