House repairs

Asked by Rew, Ames, IA Fri Apr 3, 2009

When repairs come up during inspection, how is the cost usually split between buyer and seller. I know it varies, but what is the norm? For example, would seller typically handle repairs if the repair cost is small, but repair costs are up for negotiation if big ticket repairs are found? Just trying to get a sense of how this works.


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Brandi Nelson, Agent, Ames, IA
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Generally, we try to educate both buyers and sellers that the inspection report is not a "to-do" list for the sellers. We focus mainly on major mechanical or structure issues and/or safety related items. The inspection is another point of negotiation between the parties. Buyers can ask for or sellers can offer for items to be repaired or replaced or they may ask for/offer a monetary allowance in lieu of the repair. Every situation and property is different but this is how we generally approach inspection requests.

Brandi Nelson, Realtor
Century 21 Signature Real Estate
306 S. 16th Street, Ames, Iowa
Licensed Realtor in the state of Iowa
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Janet Sorrell…, Agent, Cary, NC
Fri Apr 3, 2009
I advise my buyers to concentrate on asking the seller to pay for the big items and consider doing the smaller items themselves (or to ask for a monetary settlement at closing). Seller typically handles repairs according to NC contracts. Contracts are written to protect the buyer. The buyer can actually walk if the seller refuses to repair items specificied in the contract that are not working as intended.
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Sean Dawes, , Philadelphia, PA
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Here in PA, there are two options on the agreement of sale. Option 1 and 2. Where one option states the buyer will not pay more than "x" listed on the agreement in repairs if something comes back. And another says that they can walk after an inspection. Or they can waive this.

Hopefully someone will chime in from IA and maybe post up a copy of an agreement of sale to show you.

-Sean Dawes
Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.
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