The home inspection is a very important part of the buying process in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. In fact, it is in place precisely to let the potential new owners know what they are in for— whether that means the home is in tip-top shape or will require a bit of work before everything is in perfect running condition. And while you may believe that the actual "deal" is negotiated once you sign the contract, the truth is that you can still negotiate for credits and fixes after the inspection is completed.
Below are three important steps to take when negotiating repairs after your Jefferson or Berkeley County home inspection:
Ask for a credit to complete repairs
If you're serious about the home purchase and headed toward the closing table, the sellers may be envisioning their lives after the sale and ready to hand over the keys. You can ask for a credit to complete the necessary repairs and plan to have them fixed yourself rather than wait for the sellers to finish the task and worry that the work was done correctly.
Many Eastern Panhandle homebuyers can visualize how they want their home to look in the end, with renovations complete, and you will need to do this if you spot a few problem areas in the new property. For instance, if you're planning to renovate the bathroom, you can maybe look past the leaky faucet or dilapidated tile. However, remember that you can always ask for a credit for repairs and if nothing else, it will help with your closing costs.
Don't bank on negotiating price
You should never sign the purchase contract with the idea that you will negotiate the price down after the inspection. What's more, if the inspection comes back clean, there will be nothing to negotiate and attempting to negotiate anyway to gain back costs may cause the seller to move on to the next buyer.
The home buying process may seem like a tricky journey, but you can count on the Kable Team to work on your behalf and with your best interests in mind. Give us a call today for more information about available properties in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood and Falling Waters or with any questions you may have!
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