Posted by Ben - NYC on April 25, 2007 at 09:32:07:
I agree. I would make the offer first with the issue raised and however you would like to handle it. Make sure you can agree on a price based on some assumptions that you spell out. From there you can get whatever inspections are needed and if the previous assumptions do not turn out to be correct you can renegotiate.
If you are off on price there is no point in paying someone for a structural inspection and getting quotes to get it fixed.
Whether you have the owner make the repair or not is up to you but if you feel that the issue creates a current danger - i.e. a brick falling on someone, then you probably want the current owner to fix it before you close.