buying and closing: making seller demands

During walkthroughs and inspections, buyers often require the offer be contingent on the seller making home repairs. Some of the most common fixes include:


Hazardous electrical is both dangerous and potentially expensive to fix. While sellers should disclose these issues to the buyer during closing period, often inspectors will come across these issues if the seller is unaware and should be addressed before buying the home


Water spots, dripping faucets, and leaking pipes are obvious flaws in plumbing that should be addressed. If you’re buying a condo, be sure to review the HOA meeting notes and request your attorney inquire about any serious water-related damage to the building.


While minor cracks and normal wear-and-tear shouldn’t require a contingency, major foundation issues should.


Often with water damage comes risk of mold. Check showers and basements, including storage unites and appliance closets for signs of mold and require sellers remediate before closing.


The average lifespan of a roof is twenty years, and while buyers shouldn’t request sellers repair roofs simply due to nearing the end of their useful life, obvious signs of damage to ceilings, walls, and the roof should be inquired upon and requested for inspection and possible repair.

HVAC and Appliances

Similar to roofs, appliances have useful lives that when expire, may cause major damage to both the unit and your bank account. A malfunctioning heating and cooling system is a cause for concern and should be repaired. If appliances appear old, buyers may be able to request a closing credit from the sellers as a form of payment to purchase new appliances.


Rodent and insect infestations should be addressed prior to purchasing a home and that burden should fall on the seller.

Grime and Dirt

Often there is a handshake agreement (at a minimum) the seller will have the home professionally cleaned after moving out. It never hurts to put this in writing.