Unless your contract with the folks buying your Edmond, Oklahoma home states they are purchasing the house in “as-is” condition you may have to deal with repair requests once the buyers complete their home inspection. Most purchase contracts state the sale is contingent upon such a home inspection, which leaves the door open for buyers to come back to you and ask for repairs to be completed on your dime before they’ll close on the transaction.
So the discussion comes up about what you should and shouldn’t expect to have to pay for to ensure the sale happens. Generally speaking if a repair request addresses structural defects, safety issues, and/or building code violations, you, as the seller should expect to have to rectify the situation. The argument here is sound: if you were to stay in the home instead of selling you would have to take care of these types of repairs to make the home safe for your own family. Now, if the request is more cosmetic in nature you will have more leeway to reject the buyer’s request as the issue does not affect the “livability” of the property.
Just keep in mind the current market conditions in your area. If you’re currently in a buyer’s market where there are more homes for sale than there are buyer’s available to buy them, then a buyer may believe they have some leverage and be more aggressive in their request for repairs. If you’re in a seller’s market where there is a shortage of homes for sale and significantly more buyers competing for them then a seller may have leverage and will be less motivated to remedy marginal requests.
The question you ultimately need to ask yourself is, “If I refuse to make a requested repair, and the buyers walk because of it, is that same inspection/repair issue likely to come up with the next buyer?” If the answer is yes, why not pay for the repairs sooner rather than later and save everyone some time?
Remember, time equals money.