Negotiating Home Inspection Repair

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So I got a home inspection last week.  There were a number of minor repairs that will be made by the seller.  However, there is one larger issue that the seller says is fine.

The kitchen tile floor seems to be not level.  It has minor indents where a person is likely to stand the most.  My inspector suggested that there may be issues with the lightweight concrete under the floor but is not a structural problem.  The inspector also said that the floor will last for awhile and this is a repair that will have to be made every so often.

I requested it to be fixed/repaired.  Seller responds with this:

"Kitchen floor is fine. Flooring in entire living area and kitchen were recently replaced.  In the kitchen, I scraped up the old flooring and poured a new layer of sub flooring.  There was no damange or soft spots under the old flooring."

How do I proceed?

Either accept it, or don't.

Also, how much does a repair like this typically cost?  The dimensions of the tile is about 4 feet wide by 10 feet long.

This is a minute issue. 40 sq feet of tile and some cement. I dont see this repair exceeding a half day or day worth of work.

Sounds you like the property - therefor you'r not walking away. 

I would suggest since the tile job been done recently - Explain the seller the tile job was done incorrectly. 
You may scare the seller and tell him / her you're willing to step away from the deal since the floor not even but you may offer the following simple solution:
Ask from the seller that the same contractor will come back & correct the tile job he preform. 
As a good will offer to pay 50% of the cost to correct it.

Create an addendum that job will be complete 3 days before closing and you have the right to inspect it.

Best of luck! Let me know how it's turned out

Originally posted by Account Closed:

Sounds you like the property - therefor you'r not walking away. 

I would suggest since the tile job been done recently - Explain the seller the tile job was done incorrectly. 
You may scare the seller and tell him / her you're willing to step away from the deal since the floor not even but you may offer the following simple solution:
Ask from the seller that the same contractor will come back & correct the tile job he preform. 
As a good will offer to pay 50% of the cost to correct it.

Create an addendum that job will be complete 3 days before closing and you have the right to inspect it.

Best of luck! Let me know how it's turned out

 Thanks for the input and luck!  However, I feel as though I am leaning towards accepting the terms from the seller.  The reason why I am considering this is due to the ability to control the quality of the job by hiring my own contractor.  If the seller hires their own contractor there is no telling how much he is going to charge or the quality that he will put out.  Also, I have a relationship with some quality contractors and feel as though I can get a good price.  As others have mentioned it is a minute issue and I believe that if I am going to pay for 50% I might as well do it on my terms.  If it was a larger job I would be considering the option you presented as the most viable option.