Write up a list of ALL the home inspection "issues" this home had and emphasize that you are "only" asking for a $1500 credit towards a new roof.
And if there is a listing agent, she/he does not want this deal to fall through and neither should the seller. If the deal falls through, the home inspections issues have to be disclosed to future potential buyers at showings.
AND, listen to Scott - they should fix it or credit you at closing. And, watch the time period for responses.
If you're looking at a repipe, roof leaks and a new electrical panel, all of these items combined will cost you significantly more than the $1500 you're requesting. Have your agent present a request for repairs with a $1500 credit towards your closing costs in lieu of making the repairs, and see what the seller will do! As mentioned earlier, this amount shouldn't be large enough for you to back out of the deal, but it's worth asking to see if the sellers will respond.
Congratulations on finding a home you love! And you STILL love after the inspection! : )
$1,500 seems like a VERY little amount to lose a deal over. Not sure what the price point is, but still $1,500 seems minuscule! Get creative.... The agents involved will HATE me for saying this, but sometimes deals comes together when each agent is willing to concede a small portion of their commission. I've done it before.
Also, keep in mind sellers who claim they are "firm" on pricing sometimes become "less firm" when the deal is in jeopardy of falling apart. Tough line to walk sometimes, especially when you LOVE the home.
But at the end of the day, this sounds like a good house for you guys and $1,500 seems like a very reasonable amount to get creatively negotiated. You will get some other suggestions here. And some Realtors calling for my head for mentioning commission. : )
What is your buyers agent suggesting?