Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Easy Come, Easy Go

So, naturally right after we got all excited about having an accepted offer on the house in Natick everything went directly to hell. The building inspector found all sorts of problems ranging from a roof that was going to need to be replaced years earlier than expected to a patio that had settled in such a way that water and ice pooled directly next to the side of the house. Perhaps worse was a general feeling that much of the house was constructed in a less than high quality manner.

Anyway, so we asked the owners for money off of the purchase price to fix the problems, they didn't want to give. Since the numbers they were balking at were far less than any suitable repairs would have come to and we knew from the initial negotiations that they were rather unrealistic about the value of their house we walked away without bothering to get some contractors to come in and tell us what the real bill would come to. Life is too short to spend it dealing with crazy people anyway.

On the bright side, we now have a truly awesome home inspector who I'd gladly use again for any house we might want to buy in the future. He went over the place with a fine toothed comb and found all sorts of problems that we wouldn't have even thought to look for. Hopefully we'll be able to use him again soon, as we are still looking...

Next time though I'll probably refrain from blogging about it until we've had the inspection ;-)


  1. Sorry to hear that ;( Good luck with the next one.

  2. Tough luck -- in all reality -- most "Starter Homes" are going to have some real "problems" and once somebody accepts an offer they don't like going any lower. After all the work we've done on our house an inspector would still give us a bad report. So -- just take the report with a grain of salt for your next house....

  3. "Next time though I'll probably refrain from blogging about it until we've had the inspection"
    Nah. It's way more interesting to follow along as the adventure is unfolding.
    Better luck with the next one!

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