Home Buyers Home Inspection Repair Requests Buyers Shouldn't Make
Avoid These Repair Requests
As a buyer, you have the right to home inspections and repair requests, but that doesn't mean every request must be upheld. It's important not to take advantage of the seller, especially considering the current seller's market. Let's take a look at inspection repair requests that you, as a buyer, should not make.
If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Everyone has heard the old adage, "well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it." As a buyer, you may want the newest appliances. However, if the seller has outdated, yet functioning appliances, such as the refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher, it's more of a cosmetic request than anything else. A buyer is entitled to request that all appliances and utilities be in working condition, but asking for them to be modern is unfair and can leave a bad impression.
Scraped and Cracked Concrete Flooring
A buyer may walk through a home and notice scuff marks or fissures on a concrete floor (particularly in the basement). Concrete is a porous material and often shows signs of wear and tear. So, small cracks and scrapes are expected, and generally no need for concern.
Cheap fixes include anything under $100. Asking the seller to repair minor issues can come off as nitpicky and over-demanding. The seller could feel overwhelmed and even move on to the next offer.
Requests Regarding the Age of the Home
If the home itself is older, then the interior and exterior will likely display those features. As the buyer, it's important to have realistic expectations for the home you are buying. You cannot expect the seller to freshen up parts of the house solely because they are outdated.
Renovations You Plan to Make
You may find a home that has most, but not all of the features you are looking for. It's important to remember that the seller is not responsible for creating your dream home. So do not request major renovations for the sake of your personal preferences.
Issues such as cracking paint and loose knobs are cosmetic and easy to do on your own. As long as these problems are not hazardous or costly, it's best to avoid requesting they be fixed. Again, this can come off as nitpicky and may paint you out as hard to work with.
Water stains can be unsightly and concerning. Your inspector will let you know if the damage is severe, but otherwise, water stains are common and easy to fix.
Minor Electrical Issues
These issues include broken light switches and sockets and do not always point to major electrical problems. As previously mentioned, your inspector will let you know if these issues are cause for concern.
External Building Repairs
External buildings, like a shed or garage, are often more rundown than the interior, and in a competitive market, requesting repairs could easily lose you the deal. Some issues are to be expected in home hunting, so it's important to keep realistic standards.
Not every homeowner is a pro landscaper, so a yard sans flowers shouldn't be a deal-breaker. You can always make those changes later and to your own liking.
When putting an offer on a home, remember that the seller wants the best deal for their home, just like you. Too many requests can deter sellers and even agents. Keep an open mind when home hunting and be reasonable with the seller for a smooth and amicable transaction. Need help finding an agent? Contact HomeHunt today!