Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes)

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

They are asking because...? It isn't insulated ? Wrong color ?  Any buyer can ask or claim....and reality is....the sound of their question can be drowned by common sense...hopefully.

May 11, 2015 09:13 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Will - I have never had a client ask for a new garage door, but if it was damaged or not working, I could see that request being valid. If it is working fine, then I don't really know why they would want a new one.

May 11, 2015 04:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Will -- I've seen lots of odd requests.  Many buyers think a home is suppose to be "brand new" regardless of its age.  Even newly constructed homes are not perfect.  

May 11, 2015 11:00 PM
Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

UNless it is something like Praful's client above and it may be obovious that just one panel as replaced, I would be recommending a no.

May 11, 2015 03:19 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Many buyers will ask for as many new things as they can get away with. 

May 11, 2015 11:45 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Will Hamm They can ask! Doesn't mean the sellers will or have to replace it.

May 11, 2015 10:55 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It would be nice if they pointed out the defects of the garage door. And by door, do they mean opener, remote, etc.? Is door wood and heavy? Does the auto safety kick back work ?

May 11, 2015 10:53 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes one worse which my blog today is about, a hot water heater is 9 years old, inspector said they last about 10 years, buyer wants a new one although it is working fine.

May 11, 2015 10:42 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Okay if it's working what is the issue the inspector found?  Otherwise I don't have enough information to give you a answer

May 11, 2015 09:55 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The buyer can ask for anything. It will depend on what the contract says and if it is a selelr's market, the seller can always find another buyer quickly.

May 11, 2015 09:44 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'd want to find out why they were asking for a new door. After all, they had a chance to see the door prior to writing an offer. If it's functioning for it's intended purpose and not in need of immediate repair, I would not necessarily recommend to my sellers that they provide a new door.

May 11, 2015 09:37 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You bet!

In my municpality, county, a garage door can not be repaired unless it can be brought up to CURRENT wind resistance standards. The standards for a door is shown on a label on the lower right corner of the interior garage door. 

The company providing the financing for the house I was helping sell said 'NO DEAL' until a properly documented garage door was present. 

So, eight bolts added to anchor frame to builing was added. Eight bolts securing door to frame were added. Paid to open permit, completed inspection, SUCCESS.

A garage door meeting current standards when compared to a single panel door, will pay for itself in insurance saving in less the three years.

May 11, 2015 09:32 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Will. Nothing surprises me when it comes to inspections. It is surprising that some of them are in business, but always you get what you pay for.

May 11, 2015 06:53 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Now I hope that does not reverse on me, Will Hamm . My buyer wants to ask for a new garage door after the inspection of a home - despite the only thing the seller needs to replace is bottom liner (or whatever you call it!) And I am recommending my buyer not to ask for too much!

May 11, 2015 01:59 PM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Mission Viejo, CA
Casta del Sol Realtor®

What did the Inspection Report say?  How did it read?

May 12, 2015 03:03 AM
David Keimach
Phoenix, AZ

If it is a structural or safety issue the request is reasonable. If it is cosmetic then no.

May 12, 2015 02:39 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I had buyers who wanted to ask the sellers to install rain gutters.  Not fix them, install them.  It was ridiculous.  

May 12, 2015 01:34 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, is the door defective, or no longer to code. This sounds like an over-reach.

May 12, 2015 12:05 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

unless the door is damaged or not working well, there's no reason for a new door.... people can ask....but it doesn't mean they get what they ask for....

May 11, 2015 11:35 PM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

I work primarily with buyers and though I always include a discussion of what are reasonable requests and what are not, I am sometimes surprised by what comes up.  I think this is a good time to practice the art of saying, "no".

May 11, 2015 11:23 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We have had garage doors, but there was always some damage to it, or panels were missing.  I think I would find out why.

May 11, 2015 01:22 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

They can ask.  You can say no.

Dec 03, 2018 08:35 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

If it's not worksing as intended - reasonable request.  If it's an "enhancement" - Buyer should have negotiated that in contract...

Nov 22, 2017 04:01 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Nothing really surprises me at the things people come up with at the last minute.  Yes, to answer the question, I've had that happen.

May 14, 2015 05:15 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Thats not new, maybe the "garage door" part is new, but buyers always ask for everything.  Answer is no.  Non-working items only not cosmetic. 

May 12, 2015 06:52 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

What does the contract read?  

Ours reads that the inspection is just that.  Seller doesn't have to do a thing.  It's a negotiation period and nothing more.  Buyer wants to walk because Seller won't repalce the garage doo . . . that is working . . . NEXT!

May 12, 2015 06:23 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

There is no defective,  they want a new door only because the house was built in 1978 and the door is old but it is working find and all the panels are ok but it is a wood door


May 12, 2015 06:19 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yes I just went through this with another buyer of one of my listings.  Crazy that they would think they need a new door.  Unless the door is defective, why do they need a new one?

May 12, 2015 06:09 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

Did inspection report claim garage door wasn't working? Perhaps it is motor of opener? Or, warping of door?  Either way, inspection report should state the issue.  I'd refer to that.

May 12, 2015 03:54 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Will, it happens quite frequently once they get ahold of the inspection report.

May 12, 2015 12:15 AM