At some point before closing

How many of you have gone through this?

ME: I like this house. I think I will buy it.

MORTGAGE LENDER: The house needs work before we’ll give you money.

ME, to sellers: The house needs work so that I can get money and not burn up in an electrical fire and stuff.

SELLERS: We know. We’ll fix some stuff.

ME: Great! I will make a list of the scariest stuff for you to fix.

SELLERS, post list: We changed our mind. We’re not fixing that stuff, so suck it.

ME: Dang.

“Dang,” perhaps, may be a placeholder for another word of comparable length.

Oh, when I bought the palatial estate at Surlywood, the princely sum of $500 was set aside for Necessary Work. About half of it was spent.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    12 August 2013 · 7:19 am

    The folks we bought The Freehold from were quite cooperative in fixing things, even though there was no lender involved. They also had been scrupulous about maintaining the place during the six months it was on the market though they were living 250 miles away — so they were motivated to sell even before all the driving back and forth had become a nuisance.

    However, the local paper now says it’s a seller’s market hereabouts, so maybe unloading our own former digs won’t be quite so arduous.

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