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Anthony, Home Seller in Pittsburgh, PA

Is it appropriate to ask to split roof replacement?

Asked by Anthony, Pittsburgh, PA Fri Mar 28, 2008

We are selling our home and currently have it under contract. The house is 60 years old and we have updated everything except the roof. We have owned the house for 4 yrs and the previous owners did not know when the roof was installed. The roof has shown no signs of leaking and appears to be in ok shape in my opinion. The home inspector feels it needs to be replaced sooner rather than later. The buyer has asked us to replace it. It is my contention that since there are no past or current leaks, the roof is not in immediate need of replacement although I can appreciate the buyers perspective. Given that the asking price and agreed upon price were established knowning that the roof's age was unknown (per the disclosure agreement), would it be unreasonable to give the seller a credit of half the cost of the estimated replacement?

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I think that is a very diplomatic way solution to your problem. First, see if you can get an objective opinion of your roof from a roofing contractor. Maybe ask if the roofing contractor could or would give it a 5-year certification...meaning..in his opinion, he thinks that it's in good enough condition that it would last 5 more years. This certification is by no means a guarantee (make sure you and the buyer aren't confused about that point). What this does is provide you...as the seller...a bit more justification for your proposal.

Even if you can't get a 5-year cert, I still don't think its unreasonable in your counter of the buyer's request to say what you said here. There have been no issues with the roof past or present, but you recognize the buyer's situation. Rather than just flat out say no, you would be willing to contribute half to the cost of a replacment ...(oh here's another reason to get a roofing contractor out there to look...you can get an estimate of how much half really will be).

If you're armed with facts and are willing to work things out (as it sounds like you are), then it's not unreasonable to do what you are proposing.

Whether or not it's practical is a whole different subject. I'm not familiar with your area's market condition, but if there are plenty of houses like yours without the roof issues, ..the buyer could simply walk and find something else.

Keep in mind, it's not just what you're offering that matters, it's your delivery.

Good luck.
It's like saying ..Hey..I realize your inspector says the roof is old and should be replaced, .. I've got a roofer that says this
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2008
Welcome to the wonderful world of real estate where everything is negotiable. I would offer a home warranty, and to split the cost, but I wouldn't just give in. If you don't ask, you don't get!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 30, 2008
Hello there Anthony,
Yes, I have done that many times on deals. Of course it depends on the agents involved and how it is handled. It also depends on your market. If the buyers can easily go to house #2 then you might lose them. I have said in the past " The buyers are getting 100% percent of the enjoyment from this addition. Might it be possible that they contribute 50% of the value.”
This is a buyers market in most areas, if in Pittsburg they can easily say "NEXT". You might reconsider, or wait for the next buyer.
Good luck to you.
Nancy Lohman
ReMax Preferred- Toledo, Ohio
Web Reference: http://www.nancylohman.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 29, 2008
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