There is nothing like finally finding your dream home (especially if you have been house hunting for a while). When it comes to the point of writing an offer - there are just a few things left to check off your list - one major one is the home inspection. 

First, do you have a home inspection contingency written into your offer contract? Most home buyers do, but they may not be sure about what repairs to ask for once the inspection is complete - actually, many buyers feel uncomfortable with the conversation altogether. 

If you have a reputable real estate agent, they can advise you. In fact, this is common practice when it comes to purchasing a home, as it helps alleviate any hard feelings between you, the buyer, and seller.

Our expert realtors have put together these tips that can help you understand what repairs are sensible after a home inspection and what you may want to take care of yourself after closing. Take a look below. 

The Big and In-Between Stuff

The whole point of a home inspection is to look for problems that go below the surface. Professional home inspectors can be extremely thorough to provide buyers with the most information about the property under contract. In fact, some concerns uncovered during inspection may be so hazardous or structurally significant that you may want to withdraw your offer.

When major issues are exposed, you can renegotiate your offer to ask for repairs to correct them or lower your price to make those repairs on your own. These fixes may be worth an ask:

        Termite or wildlife infestation

        High radon gas levels

        Lead paint (in older homes)

        High mold levels

        Well water or septic tank problems

        Aging or damaged roof

        Major structural, electrical, or plumbing troubles

As a rule, anything structural or non-functional related to home systems can be considered a reasonable repair request.

The Small Details

Concerns such as cosmetic issues, normal wear and tear and low-cost repairs that can be simple DIY fixes may not be worth jeopardizing your contract. 

Anything you could see during a home tour may be considered common knowledge at the time you made your offer, such as a scratched hardwood floor or chipped trim paint. Likewise, landscaping or fencing issues should not be demanded, as these upgrades are more of a home improvement project than a repair.

Keep in mind that a home inspector is also thorough to avoid any accusations of negligence or breach of contract. When the inspection report notes any unimportant or miniscule flaws, you should not automatically expect the home seller to be willing to correct every line item. Both the selling and buying agents can attend the home inspection to prevent any surprises and to advocate for their clients.

Whether you are the homeowner or the buyer, trust the guidance of your real estate agent, and ask questions at any time during the property selling process to protect yourself.

The agents at Chapel Hill Realty Group can offer you more advice and help you search for your dream home. Call our team at (919) 942-4149 or visit us online to learn more about our services.