When you’ve fairly found the home you want to purchase, there are a few extra steps you need to take before closing.


One of these steps is requesting repairs to be done on the home before you actually close the deal. Many homes on the market aren’t in perfect. Whether you found cosmetic issues that you want to be repaired or the home has any structural issues, it’s important that these problems are addressed before the sale is finalized.


Before buying your home, there are a few things you should know about requesting repairs in order to ensure that your new home is in great condition when you move in.



Get a Professional Inspection

Before buying a home, you should absolutely hire an independent, qualified professional to perform a home inspection.


A professional home inspector will be able to identify any and all issues that need to be addressed in your new home. It can be incredibly difficult to find these issues on your own. Additionally, most buyers won’t be willing to fulfill your requests if they aren’t backed by a home inspector.


Qualified inspectors will check a variety of areas to search for potential issues, including:


  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical systems
  • Appliances
  • Windows, doors, and walls
  • Attic
  • And more


If you want your requests for repairs to be taken seriously, you need to get a professional home inspection before closing.



Sellers Are Responsible for (Most) Repairs

After identifying any potential issues, requests for repairs should be directed towards the seller of the home. You, as the buyer, should not be responsible for any major repairs that can present safety or structural integrity issues.


Of course, there are instances in which you are responsible for repairs. This includes things like cosmetic issues which aren’t necessary for your home to be considered safe or in good condition.



Common Repairs

There are a number of important issues that are commonly present in homes. If you identify any of these issues, you should request repairs accordingly. These issues include:


  • Roof damage
  • Galvanized water pipes
  • Old HVAC systems
  • Old or damaged water heater
  • Cracked foundation
  • Poor insulation
  • Ungrounded wiring


Issues like these need to be addressed immediately. They can present safety issues to you and your family and can cause damage to your home if left unchecked.


You should be sure to make requests for repairs to your seller if your inspector identifies issues like these in your new home.



Repair Requests You Shouldn’t Make

Technically, you can make any repair requests you want. You’re always free to make your offer conditional. However, by making certain, unnecessary requests for repairs, you may frustrate the seller and cause them to reject your offer.


Requests that you should avoid include:


  • Repairs for areas of the home you plan to renovate
  • Cosmetic issues
  • Minor water damage
  • Minor electrical issues (like a broken light switch)
  • Anything that is not flagged as a safety issue or code violation


In a seller’s market, you want to avoid making requests that will encourage sellers to move on and find a new buyer. If some issues aren’t urgent, then you may want to avoid asking for them to be addressed.