You can ask for the moon in Phase 1 of the inspection contingency. But if the seller’s response to that is less than satisfactory, you need to get specific in your response to the seller’s response.
Let’s say you give the seller a big laundry list of “stuff” that is “wrong” with the house under Phase 1. of the Inspection Contingency.
Seller comes back in Phase 2. offering to fix only one of those things.
To be successful at getting more than that in Phase 3, you should go back with a very specific, and pretty much final request, such as:
I will buy the home “as is” with regard to all times noted in the inspection if the price is reduced from $514,000 to $512,000.” Or “I will buy the home “as is” with regard to all other items noted in the inspection contingency IF Items #2, 7 and 9 are repaired prior to closing and receipts for those repairs are delivered at closing with at least a 30 day warranty on those repairs”. There are many and better ways to state this, but be specific about what you want the seller to actually DO when you get to the final round.
The long winded version is on my blog. Trying to cut down on the verbiage over here. I tend to “overstate my case” to put it kindly, which results in blog-clog 🙂
And don’t forget…as with any negotiation…timing is everything.