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Understanding Home Inspection Repair Requests

May 17th, 2017 by tisner

One of the questions I often get from my clients is what reasonable requests from the home inspection are?

The purpose of a home inspection is to find out if there are severe structural or mechanical defects. The issues should be large enough that they could have a significant impact on the use and enjoyment of the home now and in the future. A home inspection should not be to create a punch list that itemizes every minor defect with the home you expect the seller to fix. Remember you are not buying a new home!

When you find a home you want, it is important to pick your battles when it comes to repairs requested. While it would certainly be nice for the seller to fix every little home inspection issue before you put your money down, there are only so many repairs most sellers are willing to commit to – especially in a seller’s market.

Electrical, plumbing, roof, HVAC – these are repairs that you can reasonably expect a seller to take care of under most circumstances. But there are some repairs that sellers will push back on in many cases, repairs that you should avoid asking for if you want to make it through to closing.

Home Inspection Repair Requests To AVOID

  1. Cosmetic issues

    A deck that needs staining, paint touchups or repairing a cracked tile may catch your eye and bother you a bit, but they are not the kind of problems that need dealing with right away. Cosmetic issues are at the top of the list to avoid asking a seller to fix.

  2. Anything under $100

    Minor issues under a hundred dollars to fix are definitely home inspection repair requests a buyer shouldn’t make! Problems that arise from repair requests are not always about the financial cost, however, this is taking being nit picky to the extreme.

  3. A window with a failed seal

    Failed window seals are quite common in homes. If there are a significant number of windows that need replacement, account for that in your offer up front. Don’t ask for something to be fixed that you clearly noticed before making your offer or was disclosed up front.

  4. Renovations you are planning

    It is important to remember that the seller is not responsible for preparing your dream home. Avoid asking for repairs that relate to your planned renovations. Doing so will put the sale at risk, which is unnecessary since you are just going to renovate anyway.

  5. Loose fixtures, railings, and similar issues

    A loose doorknob, light fixture or railing on a deck or stairwell may be annoying, or even potentially unsafe, but these problems are also often fixable with basic hand tools and a little effort. If you can’t fix it yourself, you can hire a contractor to fix the problem for a reasonable price.

  6. Minor water damage

    If the water has caused significant damage, the inspector will let you know, and you can request appropriate repairs. But if the water damage is merely cosmetic, don’t stress about it. You can fix cosmetic stuff later. One of the more common water stains you will see in a home is in the ceiling over a bathroom. This condition is often caused by either a toilet that has overflowed at some point in time or a kid who left a shower curtain open. Water stains are usually easy to discern whether they are ongoing and still an issue.

  7. Non-functional light switches and sockets

    Flipping a switch that fails to turn on or off a light can be annoying, as can dead outlets, but they are not necessarily signs of the large electrical problems. Avoid requesting repairs for minor electrical issues. Your inspector will inform you if the electrical system in the home is safe to use and up to code.

  8. External buildings – sheds, garages, etc.

    Sheds are prone to rot; garages tend to get dirty. If there are serious issues, it may be reasonable to ask for a fix, but if the shed or the garage looks like every other shed or garage in the neighborhood – that is, less than perfect – it may just be something you are going to have to deal with yourself. It is also likely you were aware of the sheds general condition before submitting your offer to purchase.

  9. Cosmetic landscaping or minor yard problems

    A missing rock from the border of a flower bed, leveling a few bricks in a walkway, trimming the tree in the backyard – other buyers may not care at all about these things, buyers the seller will be happy to work with if you insist on minor landscaping repairs.

What Inspection Items Should Be Fixed?

As mentioned previously, the issues a buyer should focus on asking a seller to repair or replace are significant structural, mechanical, or environmental defects.

These are the substantial home inspection problems. It is reasonable to assume that any buyer would want these items fixed if discovered after a home inspection has taken place. Some of the major home inspection items worth addressing are:

  • Termites or other wood destroying insects.

  • Wildlife infestation like bats or squirrels in the attic.

  • Mold problems.

  • Elevated Radon levels above EPA suggested levels.

  • Lead paint.

  • Well water problems, such as a lack of pressure or volume of water.

  • Major structural issues such as a leaking roof or substandard building violations.

If you are a buyer and are in the midst of negotiating a home inspection above all else be reasonable, especially if you want the home. If you are a homeowner, understand how a seller should prepare for a home inspection. By taking care of most of the issues mentioned, you won’t have to worry about having a stressful home inspection negotiation with your buyer.

Focus on the repairs or improvements that really matter for you and your family!

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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How to Have a Positive Home Inspection

March 24th, 2016 by tisner

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Whether you are selling your home or you are looking to buy a home, there are a few things that you need to know to help your home inspection go as well as it possibly can.  Home buyers need to know that the house they are buying is in good shape and home sellers need to be on the up and up when selling their home. When it comes to home inspections there are a few tips that can help the inspection go smoothly and the process be as stress free as possible.

  • If you are selling your home and you have a home inspection on the schedule, do your part to make it easy on the inspector by getting your pets out of the house while he or she is doing the inspection. Your home inspector may love and adore animals as much as you do but your pets being under their feet during the inspection will not make the job any easier.
  • During a home inspection, typically the potential buyers are inside alone with the inspector and they may want to look around to take one last look at things before making a final decision. If you want to make a good impression on those potential buyers, you may want to clean up the clutter you have left laying around.  Believe it or not clutter can cause a potential home buyer to walk away without making an offer.
  • As a homebuyer don’t freak out if the home inspector comes up with a list of things that need to be taken care of in the house. You need to realize that most houses have some sort of upkeep or maintenance that needs to be taken care of and that inspector’s are known for being nit-picky.   Realize too that most everything can be fixed.  Even the dreaded mold and radon.  Realize as well that home inspectors cannot predict the future and won’t be able to tell you how long something will last; they will just be able to tell you that it needs attention.

Hopefully these tips will help you out the next time you have a home inspector coming to your home, whether you are selling or buying.  Remember that the home inspector is there to help you not to harm you or to ruin your dreams.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website.

Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Keep Your Eye Out During the Home Inspection

January 8th, 2016 by tisner

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Home inspectors are good at their jobs but they are not above missing some things because they are human.   There are several things that home inspectors have been known to miss during a home inspection so you might want to keep your eyes open and pay close attention during the inspection so that you don’t end up having to pay for expensive repairs once you move in to your new home.  A few things that may be missed by your home inspector are below.

  • Inspectors do not always go over all the bells and whistles of a home and appliances are on the list of things they do not always pay a lot of attention to. The last thing you want is to move into your new home to find out that you have a leaky dishwasher that needs to be replaced. If you want to make sure appliances have not been overlooked you may want to check them yourself.
  • Leaky faucets are also things that can be overlooked by home Take your time to walk through your soon to be new home and check the faucets for leaks just in case your inspector may have missed something.  It’s a good idea to check outdoor faucets as well.
  • Cracked sewage and drainage pipes might also be something that your inspector doesn’t take a look at and may therefore miss. It may be worth your while to pay a bit of extra money to have an in depth look at your drainage pipes.
  • Sometimes home inspectors will not pay a lot of attention to decks, porches and balconies. There can be problems in these areas such as safety issues and cracks that may not arise until right before you make the purchase of the home. Perhaps a second follow up inspection may be a good idea if you feel that one of these areas may be a potential problem.

Again, home inspectors are human and they are not above missing some potential problems with your new home. Realize this fact before you have your home inspection so that you too can keep your eyes open for any potential problems you see in and around your prospective new home. Once you move in you will be able to rest assured that you have not bought into a money pit.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website.

Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Items Your Home Inspector Might Miss During a Home Inspection

November 4th, 2015 by tisner

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Home inspectors are good at their jobs but they are not above missing some things because they are human.   There are several things that home inspectors have been known to miss during a home inspection so you might want to keep your eyes open and pay close attention during the inspection so that you don’t end up having to pay for expensive repairs once you move in to your new home.  A few things that may be missed by your home inspector are below.

  • Inspectors do not always go over all the bells and whistles of a home and appliances are on the list of things they do not always pay a lot of attention to. The last thing you want is to move into your new home to find out that you have a leaky dishwasher that needs to be replaced. If you want to make sure appliances have not been overlooked you may want to check them yourself.
  • Leaky faucets are also things that can be overlooked by home Take your time to walk through your soon to be new home and check the faucets for leaks just in case your inspector may have missed something.  It’s a good idea to check outdoor faucets as well.
  • Cracked sewage and drainage pipes might also be something that your inspector doesn’t take a look at and may therefore miss. It may be worth your while to pay a bit of extra money to have an in depth look at your drainage pipes.
  • Sometimes home inspectors will not pay a lot of attention to decks, porches and balconies. There can be problems in these areas such as safety issues and cracks that may not arise until right before you make the purchase of the home. Perhaps a second follow up inspection may be a good idea if you feel that one of these areas may be a potential problem.

Again, home inspectors are human and they are not above missing some potential problems with your new home. Realize this fact before you have your home inspection so that you too can keep your eyes open for any potential problems you see in and around your prospective new home. Once you move in you will be able to rest assured that you have not bought into a money pit.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website.

Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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