Kennedy wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:34 pm
To the people who suggested that the OP pay to see a real estate attorney... just no. No! That is absurd. Things break. Things break the day before closing. Things break the day after closing. And things break two days after closing. We had a large crack appear in the plaster of a ten year old pool two days before closing. (We paid to fix it.) We had a washing machine start spilling water onto the floor the day before closing. (Per the contract, the washing machine was to be left behind.) The contract said the washing machine was sold "as is" so we didn't repair it.
The point is, things break. OP, you have no moral or legal obligation to the buyer unless you failed to disclose a known defect. The buyers had the option of purchasing a home warranty or asking you to purchase one on their behalf as a condition of the sale. If they elected not to do so, that was a choice they made.
+1. Tell your agent to relay the simple "no" response and walk away. My guess is there is zero chance they would take any serious action. Their agent knows this is a boondoggle.
As Kennedy wrote above, things break, and sometimes the timing is absurd.
We closed on a house a few weeks ago. Sent painters and flooring and baseboard and molding and other contractors in for 2+ weeks of remodeling.
Moved in last Thursday. Took two nice hot showers afterwards, in our upstairs master bath.
By 11am the next day, <24 hours after moving in, we found a flooded bathroom downstairs.
Apparently the plumbing system had been backed up/clogged for who knows how long, and our two showers were the final straw.
Have spent all weekend and now this week, dealing with plumbers first and remediation/restoration guys to basically gut the bathroom and some of the adjoining walls due to the type of cat3 water it is (dirty water).
Needless to say it is a $10-15k+ loss that will be filed through homeowners insurance.
All this within 24 hours of moving in and taking our FIRST SHOWERS in our very expensive SoCal home. After spending lots of money to not only buy the house, but to do all the remodel work before moving in. It was painful to watch the restoration guys tear out brand new baseboards and cut drywall with barely-dry paint on it.
In CA it is customary for seller to buy a home warranty. That warranty covered the plumber to snake the drains, that's it. Couple hundred bucks maybe. I am on the hook for the rest, which will now take a big hit to my homeowners insurance.
Nothing I can do to the seller, they sold the home as-is, who knows if they knew the plumbing sucked or not. Irrelevant.
I even called my agent, who called the home inspector, but of course per his notes "everything drained fine and looked normal" as I expected his response to be.
Crap happens. Being a homeowner can be fantastic and a nightmare at times. Your buyer should take a hike and go scam someone else.
FWIW the house we are selling, we had new AC system installed last year with new furnace and some custom work, and it was over 10k and only took 2 days. Most of the cost is the equipment. A good service team can easily install everything in 16 hours with multiple service techs on hand, especially if the plumbing and vents and main infrastructure are already in place. But the facts that they closed on the home, moved in, realized it broke, got a contractor out to inspect, bid, and do the work, in that short a time... SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM... like... come on, man!! SCAM CITY
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