Lest you think the saga of the house with the lava rock fireplace is over, let me fill you in with some of the exciting details. We have a very long escrow--60 days--and we are all taking our sweet time dickering over pest report findings and who is to pay for what and when and how.
My feeling is this: If you don't sell a house "as is," the buyers can ask you to clean up your mess. Beetles, fungus, water damage, termites. These are part of that infernal pest report, the report one wants to have cleaned up before a sale.
So If the front door is rotting from the bottom up and you know about it and tried to fix it with Bondo--and not only the house inspector but the pest inspector both took issue with it--you likely need to credit the buyer for the door. It seems like common courtesy, one of those things you do when you sell something that has doors.
"Oh," you say. "My word. That door is rotten at the bottom. I'll replace it."
But no. We are arguing about the door. The door is the sticking part. The door is the metaphor. No one wants to walk through it.
The truth is--the sale of this house hinges on 1300 dollars. The deal could just disappear if someone doesn't walk through to the other side.
Meanwhile, Michael has been designing the kitchen, we've been calling insurance agents, and reading the business section about the new loans rolling out starting next week. We've priced out floors and carpets and windows. Interest rates are low, loan limits are high, contractors want business, and life could be spiffy--except for the door, the rotten door.
As you might imagine, not only are the buyers (us) and the sellers (them) on opposite sides of the door, Michael and I have squared off, both of us with strong feelings. We are yelling at each other through rotten wood.
So it might very well be after 1200 dollars in reports and such, we will be back on the trail for a house, all because of the fact that no one crossed over, said, "Fine."
All because the door stayed closed.
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