Help distract me with your stories, post-inspection wait = stress

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We spent a lot of time countering with our seller when we bought our house post inspection.  We had a window that needed to be replaced.  It was a large one, and we just wouldn’t have had the money to replace it after closing.  There were other things that we wanted two, but this was the big one.  We were really close to walking because they kept saying that they would “fix it, but not replace it.”   We told them replace it or we walk.  There was no way it could be fixed, it had to be replaced.   Anything that they would have called a “fix” would have been a cosmetic thing and could not have actually addressed the problem. 

I spent a good half hour crying to my FI about it, but they finally did it.  With just about 24 hours before we would have walked. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@VanillaNut:  We just made them remedy the problem.  We bought out house in August, so it was easy enough to do at that point.   We were also a month out from our closing.  I’m sure with your closing date being so soon, they will be much happier to negociate. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We made the previous owner fix a whole list of things before we moved in.  She accepted most of them, refused to fix one minor thing, and voila, all was set when we moved in.

Well, that’s a lie.  Some stuff wasn’t done by the time our walk-through happened.  Our realtor took note and all of the money she was supposed to pay for the fixes was held by the settlement attorney until we approved that it actually had been done.  No skin off my back!  She had them there the day we moved in fixing everythinf so she could get her money!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I guess I have good and bad stories.

1. the first house were were gonna buy did not do great in inspection.  They found mold in the attic and some cracks in the brick.  We started out first saying they needed to get it fixed.  They asked for time to get estimates which we gave them.  It came back that insurance was gonna fix the mold and foundation wise there was 15k in damage.  They were only willing to give us 3k.  We walked.  We didnt even want to negotiate.  The fact that there was a huge mold problem (though it was gonna get fixed) worried us and then that they sent us such a crappy offer we decided we didnt want that house.  It was kinda hard but now I couldnt be happier.

2. our second house that we actually did get and I’m sitting in right now haha… inspection went pretty well, the house is 70 years old so we thought there could be issues but our inspector was pretty happy.  He pointed a few things out but said that they were expected for the age of the house.  The two things that did come up was an issue with coliform in the well and radon in the basement.  We said these had to be fixed and they fixed them no issues no questions asked.  All the little things we plan to fix down the road ourselves and didnt want to ask for too much being that they were giving us closing costs and fixing the 2 big things.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

We totally asked for money back after the inspection!  We got like, $8,000 or so off the final price, because the roof was in bad shape and needed to be replaced and the foundation looked like it was cracked and sinking.  We got a roof estimate and had a foundation guy come out (he said it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the catastrophic foundation issue I thought it might be), so we had rough ideas of the cost.  And there were a few other little things that needed replacing.  

The previous owners of our house basically just needed it sold, so that helped encourage them to accept that.  Their family had far outgrown the house (2 adults and 4 kids, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath?  yikes), so they were willing to lower the price a smidge if we’d buy it.  

It’s totally scary, though, I hated all the waiting that went on with buying the house!  It was like “okay, we want it, can we just move in now?”

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@VanillaNut:  I was so overwhelmed after our inspection, we had concerns that we let our realtor know about but we decided not to make a counter-offer over them because there were several other offers in the house, we could afford the changes, and it was the perfect house for us.

2 years later we are very happy with our decision and love our home 🙂

Hang in there, it is such a stressful process!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@VanillaNut:  We asked for our seller to fix 3 major things.  Less than a year after moving we had to refix what they did sloppily.  I think getting the credit is smart because you will know its done properly.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re on the other side of this – just built a custom new house and were trying to sell our old house.  We had a closing date for the sale all set and about three days prior to the closing the buyer came up with some additional, expensive demands.  We’d already lowered the price on the house to meet her offer and were paying all her closing costs.  So we refused her additional demands and put the house back on the market.  It’s a very stressful process from both ends – buying and selling. 

As a seller I’d advise buyers to be reasonable in your demands because you have to be willing to negotiate if you really want the house.  I feel we were being fair, but she was not.  If we can’t sell it we’ll end up renting it out.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’m in the middle of it right now! We had the inspection done and the septic needs to be cleaned out and  dug up and a new leech field put in. It has been going on 3 weeks and we are still waiting. I just want to close and move in already!

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