Never attribute to malice that which may be explained by stupidity.
Does the course of true home buying ever run smooth?
Made an offer on a house, had it accepted.
Had the house inspected, told the seller all the trivial details that needed to be fixed (e.g. dry rot in the foundation, leaks in the plumbing, electrical outlets that were miswired).
Seller's response was basically "Gee, could've sworn I got all the dry rot out. That plumbing was done by a licensed plumber, but to be nice I'll fix the leaks. But the electrical outlets are all fine, nothing needs to be done about them."
My Realtor, seeing that the deal was going to fall through over this issue, called the electrician personally. He said the outlets were wired fine.
She asked him why they failed the home inspector’s test. He replied that maybe they needed to be fixed. He’ll write a letter offering to fix them.
She asked if he could email or fax the letter. He doesn’t have email or a fax machine.
She asked she could drive by his office to pick up the letter. He doesn’t come in to his office very often.
At this point I’d almost feel sorry for the Realtor if she hadn’t gotten so snippy with me the other day when I’d said I was concerned over this issue. (“Well, the inspector can’t see through walls, you know. If the electrician said it was fine, then it must be fine.”)
I started out thinking that since the seller was a contractor, they must have some idea that these things weren't done right to begin with. Now I'm starting to think the seller is merely inept. Doesn't fill me with confidence either. And he does have some experience with home renovation. Google tells me that he and the electrician went to Mississippi with members of their church to renovate homes after Katrina. That's a positive sign, anyway.
Of course, they were probably long gone by the time the home owners tried to plug in an appliance.
Tried a new sport tonight: indoor jogging. Well, it was different.
Jog/walk 2/2 9 times.
Brick wall courtesy of ... oh heck, click here to find out.