It appears as though you have "defects". Always refer to the Offer to Purchase for the definition of a defect. The inspector will note a defect or safety violation on the inspection report. Depending on how your offer was written (contingencies, right or no right to cure, price, time frame) are all considerations. You have to decide what you want the seller to fix/repair. If there is a secondary offer in place you may not get the seller to agree to fixing anything. You also have the right to walk away. Do not purchase a home with sloppy/code violations.
I wish you good luck,
Judy Braund, Keller Williams Crossroads, Madison, WI
You can ask to have sellers fix, but they have no obligation to. Good luck with the deal.
If you do not have a buyer's agent, then you can ask the seller's agent for assistance though they're client in transaction is the seller and they will be negotiating with the seller's interest in mind.
If this is a FSBO then you will have to negotiate with the seller's yourself. If that does not go we'll you may have to get legal advice.
Good luck, Janelle.
I think the Seller has a mold issue and an ice dam issue due to poor insulation and lack of ventilation. Your Seller also has an electrical problem...and it isn't just the box: if it is in Madison, they had to pull a permit which means the Building Inspector had to sign off on the job. Does your Real Estate Condition Report answer "Yes" or "No" to the question regarding whether proper permits were pulled.
Finally, yes, the garage needs to be separated from the living area by a 2-hour fire resistant drywall barrier or yes, it is a defect. So, see the first question: What does your Buyer Agent say?
How bad do you want the house? You are in for some search time and a few hundred dollars for the inspection but...then you have mold, insulation, ventilation, electric/permit and fire hazards to deal with.
Last, but not least, now that the Sellers know they have these issues, they will either have to fix them or disclose them to the next sucker, oops, I mean Buyer. Of course, nobody would ever think otherwise, no Seller would consciously do anything against the rules/ethics/morals. Esp not a Seller who cut corners on a building permit or lived with a fire hazard in their garage. No, not THAT Seller.
If I was the homeowner, I would definitely take care of the garage/water heater issue, that would be our fault for not taking care of it properly in the first place. I would also have the electrical box fixed, as that goes back to when they had the kitchen remodeled, and should have once again been done properly.
But when it comes to the ice damming and mold, should we ask for them to pay, or should we ask to split it, should we just bite the bullet and take care of it.
Just looking for other homeowner's thoughts.
You can always ask the seller to complete the repairs (in writing) but they don't have to. Talk to your Realtor about requesting repairs. If you ask and the seller says 'no', you can do them yourself (if allowed by your lender) or cancel contract. However, if the seller won't do them think really hard if you want a house with safety issues and mold.