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Asking The Seller For Repairs Or Replacements
Some popular things to ask the seller to attend to include
A new roof. This is often a very big ticket item and isn’t the kind of thing you can just ignore. A leaky roof not only drives up your heating and AC bills, it can lead to water damage to the home and your belongings. Most sellers understand that a roof in good condition is really important to home buyers.
New HVAC system for your heating and air. Another big-ticket item, but one that you may be able to postpone for a few years, depending on your climate and the condition of the system.
New hot water heater, dishwasher, or garbage disposal. These are items that most homes don’t want to do without, but typically aren’t an exorbitant cost to bear.
Refrigerator and washer/dryer. Historically home sales have been varied as to whether these are included in the sale of the house. The buyer is often expected to bring or purchase their own, and asking a seller to provide new appliances may be construed as illogical. Again, it’s your choice to ask for what you want, but you might investigate the cost of these items before adding them to your repair list.
Carpets. Replacing the carpet can be a sticking point with sellers, and often the choice of carpet is highly personal. If the carpet is in bad shape or you want to replace with hardwood floors, you might offer to do them yourself in order to win concessions on repairs in other places. But if you do require that the carpet is replaced, be sure to carefully spell out what type of new carpet, color, brand, and padding you want, and the proper disposal of the old carpet.
Refinishing hardwood floors. This is a cost that you might feel more comfortable letting the seller handle. You can pick out the color of stain, giving you more control of how the final product might look.
Holes in the walls, old electrical outlets, light switches, ceiling fans, weather-stripping, and light fixtures. These items might be very nice to have included, particularly if you feel uncomfortable tending to them yourself. But if you are looking to slim down your required repair list, these may be things you can handle after the sale.
Water stains on the ceilings. This is one area I wouldn’t just ignore. The painting of a ceiling is typically not a big deal, but you need to be sure that the leak isn’t an ongoing concern or future problem. Speaking of paint… Most buyers won’t ask the seller to paint rooms in the house, although you could if you wanted to. Paint is typically not very expensive and like carpets can be a highly personal choice. Plus you really want whoever is doing the painting to take their time and do it neatly, so you don’t end up having to endure a sloppy job.
by Cassandra McCullers
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