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Who is responsible for repairs during a home sale?


Last updated 1/31/2013 at Noon

Homebuyers may be able to negotiate that sellers repair major structural issues, such as a leaky roof. If not, it may be possible to negotiate a lower sale price.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Many questions can arise during the home-buying process. Buyers looking at homes that require a good deal of TLC may wonder who is responsible for the home’s repairs, particularly if such repairs are needed to meet lender’s requirements. Depending on the situation, there is no clear-cut answer.

There is no perfect home, and things that are acceptable to the current owner may not be acceptable to the buyer who is looking to become the next owner.

The home-buying process is typically a careful cooperation between buyer and seller to find middle ground. The buyer...

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