- What repairs should a seller make?
- How do I request repairs after a home inspection?
- Do sellers usually make repairs?
- How long does a seller have to respond to a request for repairs?
- What happens if Seller fails to repairs?
- Do I have to fix everything on a home inspection?
- How do sellers negotiate repairs?
- Can seller walk away after inspection?
- Should you share inspection report with seller?
- Can sellers refuse to make repairs?
- When should you walk away from a real estate deal?
- How does seller credit for repairs work?
- What happens if seller does not make repairs before closing?
- Does the seller have to pay for inspection repairs?
- Will the seller fix the roof?
- Do I have to disclose a past problem with my house if it has been repaired?
- How long are you responsible for a house after you sell it?
- How do I get my money back from a closing?
What repairs should a seller make?
Common seller repairs after home inspection
- Major electrical issues that are safety or code issues.
- Plumbing, drainage, sewer, septic, or water issues (or well water issues, if applicable)
- Mold or water damage.
- HVAC problems that affect home comfort.
- Leaking roofs or missing shingles.
- Termite and pest damage.
How do I request repairs after a home inspection?
Your Options After a Home Inspection
- Ask the seller to make the repairs themselves.
- Ask for credits toward your closing costs.
- Ask the seller to reduce the sales price to make up for the repairs.
- Back out of the transaction (if you have an inspection contingency in place)
- Move forward with the deal.
Do sellers usually make repairs?
In most cases, the sellers have no obligation to fix anything. If they do not like your request, they can either submit a counteroffer or reject it outright. If they send a counteroffer, you can decide whether it meets your needs. For example, you may ask for repairs and they may counter with an offer for credit.
How long does a seller have to respond to a request for repairs?
There is no set time frame for them to respond but 2-3 business days is standard. If both the buyers and sellers have not reached an agreement on the repair requests within ten business days of the seller signing the contract- then either party may cancel the contract and the buyer will get their earnest money back.
What happens if Seller fails to repairs?
In short, if an Amendment to the contract regarding repairs has been executed then it is part of the contract. If the Seller does not follow through with repairs on an Amendment to the contract in the timeline specified in the Amendment, then the Seller would be in Default.
Do I have to fix everything on a home inspection?
And rest assured, there’s no need for you to fix everything a home inspector thinks could stand for improvement; a home inspection report is not a to-do list.
How do sellers negotiate repairs?
Here are three buyer tips for negotiating repairs after a home inspection.
- Ask for a credit for the work to be done. The sellers are on their way out.
- Think ‘big picture’
- Keep your plans to yourself.
- Eyes wide open.
Can seller walk away after inspection?
Can the seller back out of the contract after the home inspection? The home inspection is a key time for sellers to back out of a sale, usually because buyers will ask for sellers to make repairs to the property or issue a “repair credit” to cover those costs, which can easily cancel the real estate contract.
Should you share inspection report with seller?
The inspector may not provide the report or even discuss the findings with the seller or listing agent unless the client were to provide written permission. The client is the one who paid for the inspection and signed the inspection agreement, so the inspector’s legal duty is to his client.
Can sellers refuse to make repairs?
They’re often referred to as “due diligence” inspections. As the seller, you can legally refuse to make the repairs. The buyer can then choose to close escrow or withdraw from the sale. In the alternative, the seller can agree to fix some things and not others and the buyer can either accept or reject this compromise.
When should you walk away from a real estate deal?
6 Reasons to Walk Away From a Home Sale
- The house appraises for less than what you’ve offered.
- The home inspection reveals major problems.
- The title search reveals unexpected claims.
- The house will cost a fortune to insure.
- The deed restrictions are way too onerous.
- Work has been done without a permit.
How does seller credit for repairs work?
A seller credit can be used to pay for repairs, but if the repairs come to less than expected, the buyer isn’t allowed to keep the extra cash. You might have to give the money back to the seller or see if you could use it to purchase points from your lender.
What happens if seller does not make repairs before closing?
If the seller didn’t do repairs, yes you can refuse to close. You also need to look at what you lose if you don’t close. If you actually don’t close, you lose all your inspection money, appraisal money, and any money you put into the transaction.
Does the seller have to pay for inspection repairs?
State laws, including seller disclosure laws, are the only instance where a seller is obligated to pay for repairs after a home inspection. For everything else, it’s up to the negotiations between the buyer and seller, and who pays for what depends on what is decided after the inspection report comes in.
Will the seller fix the roof?
The seller might offer to replace the roof before closing, but this is not a good option. First, the seller does not have your best interests at heart. He or she is looking to sell the house as quickly as possible and to get the best deal possible.
Do I have to disclose a past problem with my house if it has been repaired?
Many sellers mistakenly believe that if you had a problem that was fixed and currently functioning you should not have to disclose. This is incorrect; if the question specifically asks about previous issues you must disclose even if the past issue was completely repaired and currently functioning.
How long are you responsible for a house after you sell it?
As a last resort, a homeowner may file a lawsuit against the seller within a limited amount of time, known as a statute of limitations. Statutes of limitations are typically two to 10 years after closing.
How do I get my money back from a closing?
The buyer makes a deposit into the escrow fund, obtains a 100% loan, and then receives a credit back. This isn’t considered cash back at closing, because it is the buyer’s own money. When seller is assisting buyer with down payment and closing costs, earnest money can often be returned at closing.