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Asking Seller to make a repair for old work done incorrectly.

Our buyer inspection showed that a termite repair wasn't done correctly, leaving cut floor joists unsupported.  Speaking with the inspector, he advised that the we should ask the Seller to fix this, because they'd be able to circle back to Terminix to correct it.  Correcting old work isn't part of a transferrable termite bond.  How do we best communicate that in the repair request?  We want to sell them on taking charge of that repair, because they can get it done "under warranty" as it were.  It would've been nice if his inspection report said what he told me, rather than just showing that there are cut unsupported joists.
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In your repair request, describe the issue (cut floor joists unsupported) and requested resolution.    If more is needed, that is part of the verbal presentation between your  agent and the listing agent.
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I agree with the other responders. If you are still within your inspection time make this issue a contingent, if they don't fix it you won't buy.  If they don't want to repair it but you still want to go through with the sale get a estimate for the repair and renegotiate the deal. You may need to wait to get some money reimbursed to you at the closing. Of course you run the risk of negating the whole deal if you renegotiate. is it a hot property? do you think there is anyone else ready to make an offer if your deal doesn't work?  
If the homeowner agrees to repair ask him who will be doing the work and be sure to inspect it before goign ahead.
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Are you still within your inspection contingency period? If so, then this should be one of the items you request the seller to fix before you remove that contingency?

Will they agree to it? Maybe yes, maybe no. If they don't, you have the option of walking away and then the sellers would have to disclose the problem to any new buyer.

So it seems most likely that they would agree. It doesn't sound like an overly expensive fix, in any case.
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I agree with user6064703. Just ask.
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It sounds like you articulated it pretty well right here.  What's wrong with just telling the sellers exactly what's up?
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