Leon Springs Community News - June 2017
Don’t Let Unreasonable Repair Requests Keep You from Buying the Home of Your Dreams!
You’ve found the perfect home! Your agent submitted the offer and it was accepted! Next comes the home inspection. In a seller’s market, sellers will only be willing to fix major repairs. It is important to review your home inspection and make reasonable repair requests. Most buyers don’t buy and sell houses frequently, so many don’t understand the purpose of a home inspection on a pre-owned home.
The purpose of a home inspection is to discover any severe structural or mechanical defects. These defects should be significant enough to impact the use or enjoyment of the home. A home inspection should not be used to list every minor issue that you would wish a seller to correct. You are NOT buying a Brand-New Home!
The inspection should not be used for renegotiating the purchase offer either. For example, don’t expect the seller to repair or reduce the contract price for known visible cosmetic defects.
As previously discussed, a successful transaction often depends on the skill of your agent. A good agent will give you an informed opinion on what is important in your inspection report, they won’t just submit your requests to the seller.
Reasonable repairs that most sellers will agree to negotiate will likely fall into the areas of electrical, plumbing, roof, and HVAC. If significant, these issues will negatively impact your use of the home, and would be considered reasonable repairs.
You have found your dream home! Don’t let unreasonable repair requests kill the deal for the home of your dreams!
Gina M. Sohmer, MBA, is a veteran, a second-generation REALTOR®, a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and a member of the Phyllis Browning Company, San Antonio’s Largest Independently Owned Real Estate Company. Visit her online at www.ginasohmerrealestate.com to help YOU make YOUR Real Estate Dreams Come True!