My wife and I just got an offer accepted on a two family that was built in 1960 and in pretty good shape. An inspection found old insulation in attic that needs to be replaced. What's the general consensus on asking the seller to remove and replace before going to contract? Is that acceptable or is that something that the buyer would normally just take care of?
You can ask them to credit you for the replacement or require them to replace due to the results of the inspection. Up to you. I doubt they would remove it though. Especially if it’s the blow in insulation.
You can certainly ask. As long as you’re willing to lose the deal over it, ask away. (The second you send an amendment to the deal saying “our offer is now this price after you fix the insulation.” The seller can say no thank you I have this better offer over here, goodbye. Until you send that amendment the seller is stuck with you.)
What is the reason it needs replaced? What kind of insulation?
Ps. Find out if you can just add more insulation over the top of the existing insulation or if somethings wrong with the existing insulation.
@Josh VanSetten the house was built in 1960 and the insulation is shot. It is insulation rolls.
I would insulate over the top. Just be sure not to cover any intake vent baffles on the eaves of the house. That can cause moisture to build in the attic in your area.
@Josh VanSetten thank you for the suggestions....I appreciate it!!
I’ve worked for so many buyers/sellers, done a million code lists in my tenure as a contractor, never heard of a buyer asking for insulation replaced.
I was going to say the same thing as @Matt M. and @Marian Smith . The specific kind of attic insulation that may or may not be contaminated with asbestos is called vermiculite. It looks like little fluffy pellets of stuff and cannot be confused with any sort of insulation sold in batts, rolls, sheets or blankets.
Matt Michaelson and Marian Smith thank you very much for your advice. This is my first go around with REI and I am learning on the fly. I appreciate you taking the time to help me out. Thank you!
Jim K. thank you as well for responding to my thread. I am so glad I found BP!!!
The best part about vermiculite is when you have to cut into a ceiling and you don’t know there’s vermiculite above. Woof.. when it rains it pours!