Commonly Requested Home Repairs When Buying a Home

Buying a home is an exciting journey and for many first-time buyers they have a vision of a seamless buying journey with no hiccups. But what if the home needs repairs? Once an offer has been placed, it isn’t uncommon for buyers to request repairs. White the list of repairs can differ pending on buyer’s preferences, the home’s condition, etc. there are a few repairs that are most commonly requested.  

Commonly Requested Repairs

  1. Commonly Requested Home Repairs When Buying a HomeRoofing Damage: Broken shingles, leaks, and other roofing issues can be more than a minor inconvenience; they can lead to significant damage and high repair costs down the road. A compromised roof can result in water infiltration, damaging the interior of the home and potentially leading to mold issues. It's not just about maintaining curb appeal; a sound roof is crucial for the structural integrity of the entire property. As a seller, if your roof is old, damaged, or in need of replacement, be prepared to fix any issues or offer a seller credit to help the buyers make the repairs needed.
  2. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Problems: HVAC problems are not only an inconvenience; they can also pose safety risks. In extreme weather conditions, a malfunctioning HVAC system can result in discomfort for the new homeowners, and in severe cases, it may lead to health hazards. In addition, faulty HVAC systems can be a fire risk. Buyers rightly prioritize a properly functioning heating and cooling system to ensure both comfort and safety in their new home. While in some cases this can be an easy fix or maintenance service, in others, a whole new system may need to be purchased and installed.
  3. Electrical and Fire Hazards: Electrical issues and fire hazards are serious concerns that no homeowner should take lightly. Sparking outlets, faulty wiring, or other electrical problems can pose a significant risk of fires and other dangerous situations. Ensuring the electrical system is up to code and free from potential hazards is a reasonable request for any buyer who wants to feel secure in their new home.
  4. Plumbing Issues: A well-functioning plumbing system is key to a comfortable home. Plumbing problems, if left unaddressed, can lead to more than just inconveniences. Broken pipes, water leaks, and related issues can result in damage to the property's structure, compromising the foundation and potentially causing long-term problems and even mold growth. Buyers often prioritize plumbing repairs to prevent costly and extensive damage down the line.
  5. Pest Infestation: Discovering signs of a pest infestation during a home inspection can be disconcerting. While skilled home inspectors are trained to recognize these signs, it might be necessary to hire a separate professional for a more detailed assessment. Whether it's termites, rodents, or other pests, addressing these issues is crucial not only for the structural integrity of the home but also for the health and well-being of its occupants. While some states require termite inspections, if it isn’t required for your purchase, you’ll want to really think about whether you want to risk waiving a termite and/or pest inspection. 

How to Navigate the Request Process

When requesting repairs from the seller, it's important for buyers to approach the process thoughtfully and collaboratively. 

  1. Prioritize Safety and Structural Integrity: Emphasize repairs that relate to safety, structural integrity, and the functionality of essential systems. This ensures that the home remains a safe and comfortable living space for the new homeowners.
  2. Be Open to Negotiation: Approach the negotiation process with an open mind. While some repairs may be non-negotiable for safety reasons, others may be open to compromise. Being flexible can offer a positive and collaborative atmosphere.
  3. Work with Professionals: Engage with professionals throughout the process. Skilled inspectors and contractors can provide detailed assessments, helping both buyers and sellers understand the extent of the repairs needed. Additionally, make sure that any and all large repairs or safety concerns are fixed from a licensed professional. 

Requesting repairs as a buyer isn’t uncommon and for many is a normal and important part of the homebuying process. While many buyers may feel uncomfortable at first, by requesting repairs you could potentially save yourself thousands down the line, hindering your ability to enjoy your new home to the fullest. Likewise, as a seller, when listing your property make sure to go into the selling process expecting repairs or ready to negotiate with the buyer.  Are you thinking of selling your home? Contact our office today! Whether buying or selling, we are your key to making all your real estate dreams come true. 

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