Reasonable repairs for home sellers

Heed inspector's advice on what's petty vs. serious

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DEAR BARRY: The people who are buying my house just invaded my space with a nosy home inspector, and you should see the crazy repair list they hit me with.

Just for samples, they want replacement of some moldings, a new bathtub drain stopper, replacement of loose bathroom tiles, replacement of the window wells, extend the bathroom vent from the attic to the exterior, and have the air conditioner checked. Oh yeah, they also want the house treated for termites, and it’s only been five years since we killed all those bugs.

Anyway, that’s what they want done. Nothing major, just petty things. Is this normal today when you sell a home? –Dale

DEAR DALE: Home inspection is a routine process today in nearly all home purchases. In most transactions, sellers are not required to repair every defect that is listed in the inspection report. In your case, some of the repair requests are reasonable, while others have a nit-picky flavor.

Minor items not worth a haggle include loose moldings and the faulty drain stopper in the bathtub. Items of greater importance are the bathroom exhaust fan, because venting to the attic is not legal, and the recommendation to have the air conditioner professionally serviced.