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Kim, Home Buyer in Vancouver, WA

Should sellers have to repair items that need attention at inspection?

Asked by Kim, Vancouver, WA Mon Apr 28, 2008

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It depends. If it is lender required repairs, yes. Foundation, Structure and Roof should always be a good in condition before putting it on the market. When a buyer gets an inspection report, they should pick the things that are most important to them, and not request a list of 20 items, because in most cases sellers will not agree to repairing everything. Realtors need to advise buyers, the expectation of condition of a used house, unless it is a new house.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
That is something that would be negotiated between buyer and seller. If your Purchase Agreement doesn't say that the seller will do the repairs then it would not be required, although if the purchaser is not happy with the results of the home inspections, they could ask the seller to make repairs or release the Purchase agreement and have their earnest money deposit refunded.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
Kim,
Repairs and repair limits are normally specified in the purchase agreement. A percentage of the selling price or a dollar limit may be outlined in the contract to cover needed repairs.

If the contract has a clearly outlined repair clause, repairs should be made up to the limit of the agreement.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 15, 2009
Once you have an inspection done, it is up to you and your agent to work out the details of what you want and expect from the sellers. Somethings listed on the home inspection might be on the disclosure and therefore the sellers have already taken it into account by lowering the asking price. There is just to many variables to this question for one solid answer, but a great agent will be able to direct you wisely.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 15, 2009
That all depends on the sellers and what they are willing to do. It also depends on the price of the home. If they have it reasonably priced or even below market value (which most homes in these market conditions are), they might feel as though they are giving you a good enough deal already. On the flip side of the coin, If the Inspection reveals items that are from a direct result of neglect on the seller part, or if they tried to conceal defects, moraly yes they should have to repair those items. But legally they do not have to. Remember also, that no home is perfect and they all have flaws of varying degrees.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 8, 2008
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