However, in today's astoundingly tight market, if this home is priced anywhere below $400,000, you may want to leave this alone. The estimated price of repairs may be less or it may be a bit more, depending upon the contractor you bring in.
More important is that you have the contract on the house. If you try to find another one like it, you will discover intense competition in the marketplace. If you were a cash buyer, then you ahead of those with mortgages, but there are plenty of cash buyers out there looking.
So you can play ask the seller if he or she would consider paying part of the repair bill, but don't be surprised if the answer is no. Right now, sellers have the advantage in the marketplace.
Johnson and Johnson Team Realty
If you have an As-Is contract and had an inspection that was this clean; it is very rare to find an inspection report on anything that totaled such a low number, I would say you found an amazing property and would run to the closing table, not from it. Any seller who was presented a report like this from a buyer trying to negotiate a lower price should laugh and tell them to go ahead and cancel the contract.
Best of luck and if I can offer anything additional please let me know.
Always at Your Service,
Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"
Keller Williams Realty
If I were the listing agent, it becomes easy to 'shop' the baseline your offer established, (without revealing your offered amount) and have folks waiting to get out of the 'still looking' mode.
How bad do you want the property?
As Tim pointed out, 'Everyone does it" and as I suggest, they do not always prevail in a sellers market. The seller is very much aware you have invested hunderds already. They just may call your bluff.
You're posting a LOT of questions here, don't you have an agent to walk you through this? Your seller pays his commission, what am I missing?