Rachael, I don't necessarily think that the price you are paying should reflect what you ask for after an inspection.
I don't recommend asking for minor , frivolous items in any situation, as it will only serve to irritate the seller, and they may reject the more important issues you ask for.
As I often say to my buyers, as with life, you have to pick your battles.
If there are significant items - structural in nature, or systems that aren't working properly, you have every right to ask to have them addressed, regardless of the price you are paying - whether it is high or low.
If your requests are rejected outright by the seller, it will then be your choice to proceed or not.
Loose doorknobs are not significant...and they should not be on your list (imo). You have to expect that there will be some minor items in any resale that you will take care of down the road.
The bottom line is............If you are reasonable in your requests....you will most likely get a better response.
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