To be frank, if these are cosmetic issues (air coming in around the frame of the window casing as opposed to seal breaks in a double or triple paned window), and not functional problems, then you can certainly ask for a reduction in the price to pay for the repairs (have copies of estimates to present to back up your request), but be prepared that the seller can also tell you "no." Asking is not unreasonable--"forcing" the issue certainly can be deemed unreasonable, and I have been present when a small issue forced on the seller resulted in squelching the entire deal. Truth is, as Sam DeBord noted below, every situation is different and unique, so talk with your agent to determine if asking for the reduction or repairs might be accepted or reviewed reasonable or will cause such anger as to jeopardize the deal.
Grace Morioka, SRES
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
YES you should be asking for money for those windows. And you should have 1 (better yet) 2 estimates to support your request. The $ figure should not just be "what your inspector thinks - you need a quote from a window place or home depot etc.
This is completely reasonable. If the amount that you have right now might seem too high to the seller. If they do feel that way then they can push back with a written estimate or they can get it done for you.
Don't worry - the seller isn't going to throw away the entire deal over $675, etc.
$225. Per window sounds like a lot of money for "cosmetic" problems and sounds like there is some inflated repair numbers involved. Is this a guesstimate from the inspector?
You can ask for what you wish, but if the Windows work and are not letting wind blow through the house and they were perfectly fine for the current owner... I would advise my seller to say, No, there is nothing wrong with them. If you want green windows with a 110% efficiency rating, go get them yourself.
Yes, you are being unreasonable.
But, before going further.. Define "seep air" Some infuriated agents here seem to think you are talking about a broken seal (gasket in a double pane window).. Which is different.
Broker / Manager
Orange Key Realty
The numbers ARE the numbers, and if a seller is willing to give up a sale over $1K, then let him/her. It's nothing personal; rather, it's strictly business, and our money will be better spent elsewhere.
Stankd your ground, unless, of course, this is the houe of your dreams and a $1000 worth of windows is not worrth losing the home.
In my view, a good listing realtor and/or buyers's agent would have recognized this problem at the outset and advised the seller of the potential future ramifications. After all, a broken window seal is RE 101.
Stand your ground and ask the seller to provide some sort of concession, if even you split the costs. I can't imagine that the seller, the listing agent and/or YOUR BUYER's AGENT would have not recognized this deficiency almost immediately upon basic inpsection. Againt, it's RE 101 and there is no reason why you should 100% bear the expense of such repairs untless it was previously disclosed.
Francesca Patrizio, Realtor, ePro
You are certainly free to ask for the sellers to repair the problelm or issue a credit (the latter is most likely to occur) for the windows. Depending on what other issues, if any, the home inspection revealed and what your home inspection contingency in your contract or addendum states, the seller may or may not fix the problem or provide credits. Have you discussed the inspection results with your attorney because your attorney should be drafting the letter with regard to the home inspection results.
Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Prudential NJ Properties
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