home inspection negotiation
We just had a home inspection done on the house we intend to buy and luckily there were no major issues that would keep us from going forward with the purchase. There are, however, a few things we will need to fix immediately or in the near future and we wonder what is open for negotiation.
1. The roof is 11 years old - I'm trying to find out what kind of shingles they put on it when they last did the roof (20 year, 30 year, what?). Regardless, according to the inspectors parts of the roof are in satisfactory condition and parts are in marginal condition (lots of shade in one area that has promoted moss growth). They think the roof will probably last a while longer but how long is not clear. There is evidence of old leaks in the house but it looks like they have probably taken care of that with new flashings around the chimney. There is no evidence of fresh leaks. Should we ask for any concession toward the new roof we will need in the next few years?
2. The hot water heater is 23 years old and the hot water boiler, though well serviced, is 50 years old. Both could last us for years and both could die this year. We are especially concerned about replacing the boiler as this would also be a huge expense. Concession?
3. On one side of the house, the grading is negative (sloping toward the house). There is a slab of concrete at the walk-out basement door that is also sloped toward the house. The inspectors recommended re-pouring that concrete and fixing the grading. Concession?
We don't want to anger the sellers by asking them to upgrade everything to new, but we don't want to feel that we didn't advocate for ourselves in the sale.
Any suggestions are much appreciated!