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Old 05-06-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Im in the process of getting my first home. Much of this process has been new to me. I just had my home inspection done and just looking for advice.

Not too many problems were found, which is pleasing. However, the oil furnace is 25 years old and could be on its last legs. The damper in the fireplace needs replaced. Those are the issues of concern.

I am guessing, the seller will want to take care of as little as possible. Those two issues, appear to be the most costly, and I have a feeling they will fight in having to deal with them. I dont have a money tree and would rather not have to dish out 7k more after purchasing the home to deal with these issues.

I guess what Im asking, who do people normally do in these situations? Should I stand firm and say I want both or one or the other taken care of? Is it something they should take care of?

I didnt haggle much with the price, so Id like to think they are willing to budge a little on this.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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Why not get your realtors advice? As they should be helping you with those questions.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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Have the owner have the oil heater serviced by professionals and give you the paperwork and replace the damper. yes its something they should cover not you
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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An older furnace should have been obvious when you saw the house, at this point if it is in operating condition it will be difficult to get money for a new one. Expect to get money only for things that are broken/ not operational. In your case that would be the damper, but not the furnace. It's up to you whether or not the damper is worth walking away over if they don't offer to fix it. I don't know many money trees, but I do know a lot of people who have older houses that they update as they can afford it. With older housing stock, that is just part of the deal in getting into a starter home in CT.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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If you stand firm, you could/will probably lose the deal. Entry-level homes in CT are a hot item right now.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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Have them replace the damper. If the boiler is functioning then why should it be replaced? You can't buy a home and expect to have no expenses. It goes with the territory.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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If the boiler is functioning then why should it be replaced?
Lots of times the boiler will "work" but not produce enough hot water to take a decent shower, so the inspector will have to give it a pass. I know during my inspection, our water was lukewarm at best but it still got a pass. I think it's a fair expectation that when buying a house, hot water should come with it.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:58 PM
 
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why not get your realtors advice? As they should be helping you with those questions.

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Old 05-07-2010, 06:06 AM
 
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Lots of times the boiler will "work" but not produce enough hot water to take a decent shower, so the inspector will have to give it a pass. I know during my inspection, our water was lukewarm at best but it still got a pass. I think it's a fair expectation that when buying a house, hot water should come with it.
The term "functioning" would indicate that it's working - i.e. producing hot water. The OP didn't indicate that it wasn't - just that it was old.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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Still wether or not its working the home owner should have it serviced. When I bought my house i asked the home owner to service the AC unit because it was old.
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