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Just came out of a four-hour inspection. Aside from being exhausted (there's alot to know about operating a house!), I'm a little depressed. We've just wrapped up attorney review on a house. It's a great neighborhood, great school, great house... or so i thought.

The inspection revealed the following:
- roof is on atleast it's third layer of shingles
- roof has been patched at chimney (tongue/groove boards replaced w/ plywood and shingles)
- patched area is still leaking
- chimney is decaying and in need of re-pointing
- chimney flashing is damaged
- chimney damper missing and 2nd flue doesn't have a rain cap
- Steam radiator plumbing is leaking in the floor and is damaging the plaster ceiling.
- Other radiators leak at the valve.
- Broken window
- Missing pieces in parquet floor
- Detached garage is minutes away from collapse (severely cracked slab, rotting boards, etc.)

I'm probably a seller's nightmare, but how much of this should i demand the seller take responsibility for? I certainly do not want to absorb anymore cost.

Condition of the roof has caused considerable damage to ceilings and walls. Can i use the existing leaking to get the entire roof replaced, even though it's focused near or around the chimney? The whole job could cost as much as $5k i'm told.

What are the options for negotiation? Reduce price of house? Put the repair $s in escrow? Seller fixes it before we close (11/30)? For convenience, I'd like to have the work done before we move in. However, I'd like to have some control over the quality of work being done.

Sorry for the novel. Thanks in Advance!
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