A buyer has the right to request repairs before removing contingencies. But you must keep in mind that the seller also has the right to reject this request. It is therefore advisable to limit requests to items that are truly unsafe or unhealthy as opposed to items affected by normal wear and tear. The key is to try to see things from the side of the seller and to paint a clear and reasonable reason for your requests which is likely to be accepted by the seller. Here are some examples:
- Leaks, or damage from a leak that the seller did not disclose to you. Left unrepaired water damage can be a serious hazard that may lead to mold.
- Electrical wiring has been run in a manner that’s not to code. Lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) plugs. These protect people from shock and electrical fire hazards.
- Structural weakness related to water, termites or age. An example would be a wooden staircase or deck, places where damage that may result in falls.
- Safety structures not up to code such as lack of hand rails or impoper spacing between balusters on guard rails.