What are the most common repairs asked for from buyers?

In an effort to make smart decisions about selling properties, what do you find are the most commonly asked for repairs (or credits) from buyers during the negotiation processs?
  • April 20 2014 - San Diego
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Oh Hi Steve,

Thanks for your question.

Section 1 termite repairs and roof repairs. If the buyers feel that they have obtained a fair price on the home, then they are less likely to ask for repairs.

thanks,

Kari.
  • May 05 2014
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In a market favoring Seller's, generally the vital safety items or very expensive items are requested - plumbing, electrical, roof, structural.  In a Buyer's market, things like deck repair, sprinkler systems, windows, etc. start to come into the picture.  The inspection report generally drives the requests and how badly the buyers really want the house. 
  • May 05 2014
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In my professional experience, it will be thing that show up on the inspection report that are health and safety issues.
It's surprising what an inspection can reveal. One home we did  an inspection on had a "Tire jack" that was used to support the floor!
  • May 05 2014
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If a home owner maintains their home there are usually not money items asked for. Deferred maintenance is the reason for most repair requests unless the home is very old and electrical, plumbing, roof and windows come into play. Keep your home updated!
  • April 30 2014
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It usually section 1 repairs. Buyers can ask for whatever they want. However, if the buyer's agent and the buyer put on the offer, a pest report, then the bank is going to require to see a pest report. Then the  bank usually is going to request to clear section 1 in order to close. My suggestion is not to put a pest report on the offer. Buyers have the right to do their own anyway. Then it is up to the buyer whether or not to ask for the repairs or the credit. 
 
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Electrical, plumbing and hvac.  Roof and windows would be next.  Having an electrician in early to check the panel, gfi's and oulets grounded properly can not hurt.

Louis
  • April 22 2014
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Hi Steve,

A few common ones are roof, termite section 1 work, and plumbing issues.

Kind regards,

Arpad

 
  • April 21 2014
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Requests for repairs are definitely dictated by the home inspection, but the type of market and sale has an affect on what repairs the buyers are asking for. In my experience, on a good deal in a hot market, sellers aren't as willing to make repairs because they have buyers lined up at the door. Buyers wanting to close the deal won't ask for much in repairs or credits because the sellers could just move on to the next buyer. On the other hand, in any market, if a property is priced near the top of the range, looks to be in great condition, and the inspection comes back with issues, there can sometimes be a laundry list of items that the buyer wants fixed. 
  • April 21 2014
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Looking at a recent inspection report for categories . . . the most common in my memory of safety items - electrical splices not in junction boxes is very common, evidence of a recent furnace service is another, busted window seals is common.
  • April 20 2014
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The core systems functional and in good repair.   this would include plumbing, electricity, heating, structure, foundation and roof.  Buyers tend to expect big discounts for major repairs, if it is going to cost $3,000 to repair, plan on a discount of $10,000.
  • April 20 2014
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That would depend on the results of the inspection.
  • April 20 2014
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Hi Steve,
 I agree with Cory. In addition, if a home is older, the buyers typically will ask for all the necessary work on the termite report be paid by the seller. Thanks.

  • April 20 2014
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Anything that would be expected to be working and safe in a home you lived in.
  • April 20 2014
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Everything that's not cosmetic.
  • April 20 2014
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