WILL THE SELLER FIX ALL THE ITEMS MY INSPECTOR NOTED ON THE INSPECTION SUMMARY REPORT?
No. The standard contract in Illinois only allows buyers to ask the sellers to repair a very limited set of items. This includes only the major components (i.e., electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.) that are defective or non-operational at the time of the inspection. The contract specifically states that just because an item is old or at the end of its useful life, does not mean it is defective, and therefore is not cannot be requested to be repaired or replaced per the contract. Often, non-lawyers will encourage buyers to ask for cosmetic or other non-covered repairs. This can often result in excessive negotiation which will can increase your legal fees and costs and which has no legal basis in your contract. Remember that items of routine maintenance such as HVAC servicing or cleanings are NOT part of your inspection contingency.