The standard contract in New Jersey says the structure , siding.roof, & windows including (seals) be in good condition for a system of its age without being deficient. unless you bought this home in as-is condition. They should offer to replace these items. You can't get a credit for repairs on the contract. Typically lenders don't want or allow a repair credit. You can get a credit toward closing costs or get estimates from the vendors who you want to do the work and put their bills on the HUD or settlement sheet to be paid by the seller. Get 2 or 3 estimates so you can be fair to the seller and yourself. Your agent can help you with vendors who are honest and fair . We all have contractors we can recommend who have helped our clients over the years. Good luck!
Quite truthfully, no one here could, or should, tell you what the seller should do in regard to these items, as no one here read the inspector's report or saw the home!
There are a lot of ways to phrase things in a report. Each inspector has his or her own style.
However, home inspectors have somewhat standard verbiage they use when an item is "aged".......they usually state it is "beyond its life expectancy"....and suggest planning for "replacement" in the future....or calling in a specialist for a second opinion.
A roof is one example of the "should it be replaced now, or can it last a few more years" issue.
It may be old, but is there evidence of current leaking? Is the sheathing rotted or just old? Are shingles cracked and missing, or just old looking?
Old windows...if they were disclosed...unless they are full of wood rot and won't open and close, are another one of those questionable items............ many sellers will not offer to replace them.....or at least not replace all of them - only those that exhibit specific problems.
Not sure what is wrong with the siding other than being old.....is it buckling? has water gotten behind it and caused mold to form? Without specific, identifiable issues, most sellers will not deal with that, either.
I suggest you get your own estimates......then see what it will cost....in lieu of a credit at closing, the selling price could always be reduced to accommodate the repairs.
I am going to hope - and guess- that the price you are paying for the home reflects the fact that it is older and in need of updating. Keep that in mind.
I have found that what "NEEDS" to be done is different when it's on the seller's dime.... once a buyer owns the house and they have to spend thier own money, some "needed" repair items are not such a big deal and never get done.
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With inspection repairs, you have the right to ask, the seller the right to respond. The inspection contingency protects you - and the seller - if an agreement can't be reached.
In terms of requesting credits for agreed upon repairs, an estimate is the best way to go. As with most things, numbers that are based on facts from a reputable source have a much higher likelihood of success than those that are plucked from the sky.
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It always goes back to what's in the contract. The answer would depend on how you purchased wheter as-is or subject to. Traditionally, you would request the seller address certain repairs, i.e. heating, plumbing, electric, structural and the seller would then have a period of time to respond to your requests.
If you are working with a buyer's agent this is in no way meant to interfere with that relationship so it would be best to seek the advice of your agent.
The description is vague at best.
Why do the windows need to be replaced? How old is the house?
Is the roof leaking and due to be replaced because of over all condition?
How big is the roof and would would total replacement cost?
What kind of siding is it and what kind of defects does it have?
You really need to read the home inspection provision of your contract closely. If it is the standard contract for the area probably section 23 is the home inspection provision. Do the defects found fit the provisions that will let you ask for repairs/credits?
If you kill this deal - going forward always have a plan B. IE another potential house so you don't feel trapped.
Good luck. (If you have an agent the agent should be your information source here.)