When selling your home, the buyer has a 17 day contingency period to inspect the home (among other things). The buyer will hire a home inspector to come to your house that is for sale, go through it inch-by-inch, and write a report outlining all the things they have found that need fixing and may need fixing down the road. Based on the findings in this report the buyer could; back out of the transaction if the findings are too severe, ask the seller to fix any or all items with a “request for repairs”, or proceed with no “request for repairs”.
What the buyer chooses to do could be based on the type of market we are in (if there were 23 offers on the home they may choose to let the findings slide). If they want certain items fixed by the seller, the buyer asks for the request for repairs and the buyer and seller negotiate what items will be fixed, or perhaps a monetary value will be offered to the buyer from the seller in order for the buyer to have the items fixed themselves.
We represented the seller on their home for sale in Valencia’s Creekside community. During the home inspection some typical items were found by the inspector; chipped paint, cracked grout on the kitchen counter, damaged weather stripping on the garage door, leaking faucet, etc. They buyer then asked for some of these items to be repaired. Some people who are handy will fix these items themselves, or the seller will simply offer a dollar amount to the buyer instead. Although it can seem petty the buyer is asking for it to be completed, they are just wanting to move into a home they can enjoy.
In this instance the buyer asked for about 10 fairly common things to be fixed. For about $200 in costs and half a day in elbow grease, our seller was able to fix these items and save himself what would have been well over $1000 had he hired a handyman, or even more money if the buyer asked for a monetary value instead.
We will focus on one item of the inspection that seemed like a big deal, when in fact it cost less than $10 and took under an hour to complete. The kitchen counter tile grout was cracked in many places from normal wear and tear and looked worse than it really was.
Lowes had this product from Mapei that is basically sanded caulk,available in a wide range of colors.
You simply place it in you caulking gun and go over the cracked areas.
When you are finished, your cracked tile grout looks brand new, like there was never an issue.
It would be a great idea to preemptively do this before you list your house for sale, to ensure the home inspection doesn’t call it out, possibly costing your more money than it should. Even worse, a buyer could panic and back out of the transaction over cracked tile.
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*The authors of this page suggest consulting with your home inspector or contractor before doing any work. Please read all labels and follow directions, we do not accept any liability for any home improvement projects.