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Old 09-07-2020, 01:30 PM
 
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Hello, I am about to purchase a new home in Indy area. In the inspection report, we found that hard wood floor is scratched by owner's pets . So we requested the seller to either fix it or give us a credit. Is this an unreasonable request ? The home in question is less than 5 year old but has lot of scratches on the hard wood floor due the previous owner's pets.

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HomeInIndy
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Old 09-07-2020, 01:52 PM
 
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Did you not notice the scratches on your own (before inspection)? Were these scratches somehow hidden from you and other potential buyers? How was it that the inspector found them and you did not?

I'm asking because, if the scratches were in plain sight and you're only now asking about them, I think asking for a credit or to have them fixed seems less reasonable than if the seller kept them hidden. Also, five years is about when a lot of things in any home start to show their age through normal wear and tear.

I've read over and over how some buyers offer full price for a home (or a higher price than they intend to pay when all is said and done) and then ask for credits or repairs after they are under contract to get their final price down. Not saying this is you...just saying it's a type of gameplay I'm aware of.
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Old 09-07-2020, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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Hello, I am about to purchase a new home in Indy area. In the inspection report, we found that hard wood floor is scratched by owner's pets . So we requested the seller to either fix it or give us a credit. Is this an unreasonable request ? The home in question is less than 5 year old but has lot of scratches on the hard wood floor due the previous owner's pets.

Thanks,

HomeInIndy
Are these scratches beyond normal wear and tear? What kind of repair did you request? If you want the owners to apply some wax paste and buff it in, that might not be not a big deal. If you wanted them to refinish the floors, they'll probably tell you no.
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Old 09-07-2020, 05:12 PM
 
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Yes, I did notice them before the inspection as well. As a first time home buyer I am not sure what is considered a reasonable request and what is normal wear and tear as on the internet I saw multiple articles arguing either way. Thats where I was hoping my agent would help. Thank you @ImmerLernen @sheerbliss for your response.
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Old 09-07-2020, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Avignon, France
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No harm in asking.... Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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Old 09-07-2020, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Franklin, IN
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I don't think it's unreasonable assuming the scratches are numerous and more than normal wear and tear.

It also would depend on how many other fixes and/or credits you asked for. If it's the only request then I would imagine it's reasonable. If you asked for 10 other things as well then potentially not... Just food for thought.
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Old 09-07-2020, 08:29 PM
 
Location: SoCal, but itching to relocate
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Yes, I did notice them before the inspection as well. As a first time home buyer I am not sure what is considered a reasonable request and what is normal wear and tear as on the internet I saw multiple articles arguing either way. Thats where I was hoping my agent would help. Thank you @ImmerLernen @sheerbliss for your response.
IMHO, things you can see when you tour a home (good & bad) should be reflected in your offer price. Things that only show up on inspection (that you didn't know about when you made your offer, which the seller accepted) are fair game to ask about, of course.

If you're in a hot seller's market and this home is popular, be prepared for the seller to tell you no on fixing the scratches/giving a credit. You would then need to decide if buying the house is still worth it to you.
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:11 AM
 
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I am about 15 days from closing and the seller has not provided me the seller disclosure document. My genius agent, did not even care to ask them about it. Is a SELLER’S RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE SALES DISCLOSURE form required in Indiana and what leverage do I have over the deal if seller doesnt provide it to me. Is a seller supposed to provide this form by law ?

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HomeInIndy

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Old 09-08-2020, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I am about 15 days from closing and the seller has not provided me the seller disclosure document. My genius agent, did not even care to ask them about it. Is a SELLER’S RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE SALES DISCLOSURE form required in Indiana and what leverage do I have over the deal if seller doesnt provide it to me. Is a seller supposed to provide this form by law ?

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HomeInIndy
Try posting this in the real estate section.
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Old 09-08-2020, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I am about 15 days from closing and the seller has not provided me the seller disclosure document. My genius agent, did not even care to ask them about it. Is a SELLER’S RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE SALES DISCLOSURE form required in Indiana and what leverage do I have over the deal if seller doesnt provide it to me. Is a seller supposed to provide this form by law ?

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HomeInIndy
The sales disclosure form is absolutely required in Indiana. One exception is a foreclosure being sold by a lender.

A good agent would have asked for it before you made an offer. If I remember correctly, or maybe it was just my standard practice when I was an agent, there is a spot on the contract that states the buyer has had a chance to review the Disclosure form.

Call your agent and tell them you want it tomorrow by noon. Give them one more chance. If they don't provide it, call their broker and the broker of the listing agent. It's not acceptable. It's even worse that you've gone through inspections without it.
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