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  • alicia67 alicia67's Avatar 05-14-07 | 07:06 AM
  • Dh and I are under contract to buy a new house. The home insection revealed some issues with the furnace- it works fine but there are things that should be fixed for maximum performance and safety issues. Then there are some cosmetic things the seller has agreed to fix (one is actually in the contract and the others are just a verbal- I'll fix it).

    So, how do you go about getting the repairs done? Do you request they make the repairs or do we ask them for a certain amount of money to make the repairs?

    The furnace and the screen on the screen porch are the big ones that must be fixed. I wouldn't expect the cosmetics fixed (one globe on a fan/light is broken and the trim above one closet was gouged when the door came off its track) but since she said she was going to, I'll be annoyed if she doesn't. Does this get writen into the contract?
  • Dopey406 Dopey406's Avatar 05-14-07 | 09:49 AM
  • You can usually do it either way, but whatever way you go about it---get it in writing!!! So if you're going to ask for money at the closing, put that in the contract.

    When we bought our house, there were a few things that needed to be done also. The flue liner was cracked in the fireplace, the electrical boxes weren't grounded together, and there were termites found in the firewood outside. So we countered by asking the seller to have the entire house treated for termites (can never be too sure), fix the electrical boxes, and give us $1000 at closing to fix the fireplace. They agreed and at the closing, they had had everything fixed, per the contract, and they gave us the $1000 (we used it to buy other things and still haven't had the fireplace fixed 5 years later

    So it's fine to do it either way (ask them to fix it and provide documentation as to such or to provide cash at closing).

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!!
  • skyqueen skyqueen's Avatar 05-14-07 | 05:28 PM
  • gosh, for such teeny tiny stuff like that, I wouldn't bother with any of that.
    You usually don't request the seller to fix any of that minor stuff unless it's a majorly buyer's market.

    It sounds like you've already gone back to the seller and requested that they fix the findings as the contingency to the final acceptance of the contract. If that's the case, an addendum will need to be written however you agree to them and leave it at that.

    Having to service the furnace is a given when you move in, btw.

    Personally, if you want them to cover the costs, then ask for a credit (with an appropriate $ figure) and then have it all done yourself. that way you can ensure it gets done to your satisfaction and to your time frame.
  • alicia67 alicia67's Avatar 05-14-07 | 08:20 PM
  • The furnace issues are more than just a basic servicing. There are safety issues with how it was installed. The screen porch...was something the seller has mentioned numerous time so I wrote it in because she kept mentioning fixing it. The little things- I did speak with my realtor today and decided to forget about them. I was just thinking I'm going to be bugged if they don't fix them becuase she TOLD me she would. I never asked her to do it. I just don't like being misled.

    In other news...we got the radon test back today. Good god...acceptable ranges are 2-4 (however they measure) and this came back at 18!!!

    We haven't made any requests yet. I ordered a radon water test today to see what's happening in the water.

    If they don't want to fix the items or give us a credit...oh well, we will find another house.
  • rudolphia rudolphia's Avatar 05-14-07 | 09:06 PM
  • They are required to do the radon abatement system. Our house had high radon and it was fine after the system was put in.