Buying a home can be a precarious business. When money and emotions are involved, things can get dicey (and ugly). So when issues pop up during a home inspection or initial walk-through, it’s important to request some repairs — especially if they’re related to safety concerns or would cost a mint to fix once the property is yours. But when you’re bidding on a prime piece of real estate in a competitive market where multiple offers are the norm, choosing what repairs to ask for can become even more strategic. After all, requesting too many fix-ups could potentially tank the sale if there are less-high-maintenance offers waiting in the wings.
“There is no magic number of repairs, but if you are in a seller’s market or the property is in high demand, you probably want to ask for as little as possible and stick to four-point items such as roof, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC items,” explains Liane Jamason, a broker with Smith & Associates Real Estate in St. Petersburg, FL. When requesting additional repairs, make sure you have realistic expectations, you present your requests in an appealing way (read: not overwhelming), and you’re ready to prioritize and negotiate your requests.
From easy fixes to issues that might give you a reason to walk away, here are eight requests you should never make.