My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

Too good to be true

Yes, we closed on the house, but as we were wrapping it up, the seller made an off-hand comment to his agent (not even to us) that the junk car would be picked up on Saturday, and that a buddy of his would be in the home on Saturday to get some stuff.

Huh?

His buddy has the code to get into the workshop and in the garage, where there's no lock to prevent that bud from getting into the house. Taking whatever he wants or doing whatever he wants. Even tho we now own the house and have full possession of it.

So...

Hubby's in the process of asking for tomorrow off from work. We're buying all new locks, finding out how to change the code on the garage keypads, hooking up the trailer, loading it up, and heading out to the house. The Kid and I will unload the trailer while Hubby changes the codes and locks.

When the buddy comes to get the "extra drywall" on Saturday, he will find he can't get it. He will have to knock on the door if we're there. If not, oh well. As for the junk car that's been moved to beside the (empty) propane tank, if it's not gone by Sunday morning, I'm calling our agent to call the seller's agent to call the seller to tell him that if the junk car isn't gone by Monday morning, we're selling it on Craigslist. Or giving it away.

The house was left kinda empty, and not too much destroyed, but left some junk, boxes, paint cans and empty shelves in the workshop and in the house/garage.

Oh, today has been so very long.

I didn't take a LOT of pictures but geez, that avocado green kitchen is UGLY!

The closing ... what can I say. Carpal tunnel from too much signing. People walking in and out from the closed-door conference room (how rude). Whispers and secrets. Then outside, temperatures plummeting as the snow began to fall.

Can I take a nap now?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe that when you bought the property, you became the owners of everything on it - trees, buildings, junk cars, and propane tanks and everything else.

Talk to your realtor - no need to be a jerk about it, but if the seller has been as uncooperative as you say, there is no reason to be kind to him.

On the other hand, there is no need to make an enemy, either. Your call.

If you want the drywall for your own projects, I think you could keep it. If the car is worth anything, well, acquiring title to a vehicle is a finicky process, and maybe not worth the bother for a junker.

Melonie said...

I agree with anonymous. I don't know the law for your state, but everywhere I've lived, the minute you close anything on the property is YOURS to keep or sell/trash as you please. In fact in WA the police could be called on the "buddy" for trespassing and burglary if he tries to take anything, garage code or not.

I suspect the seller has no clue of this concept or just doesn't care. But your realtor definitely should put them in their place. If it wasn't gone when he signed it over, it's now YOURS.

fullfreezer said...

I agree with both of the above comments. We're in the process of selling a house and, as I understand it, unless it is specified in writing that you will be getting something after closing (with a date of when you will get it) everything there when the house is sold is now the property of the new owner. Good luck!
Judy

Marcia Moir said...

Congratulations!!!Buying a house has got to be one of the all time stressors of modern life...Now you can put the asshole seller and all the BS behind you and get on with your dream...YIPPEE...Marcy

Bellen said...

Congrats on closing on your home.I hope you were sure you did not pay for any propane left in the tank - even if there was none, it should have been specified. Also, you can demand the home be left broom clean - if it is not, you could hire it done and have them charged. Again this would have been put in the contract. At one home we sold in Florida it was required the bushes be trimmed to a certain height, dead palm fronds removed and grass mowed. We complied because it was at the start of the housing downfall.

Possession of said home can be a tricky thing - when we bought in Indiana possession was in 30 DAYS unless you specified otherwise - we did and put the sellers thru a little bit of hassle as they couldn't be bothered reading the contract. They were upset with us as they had left a dining table and so they picked it up and a fire extinguisher that we made them return as it was present at time of closing.

In Connecticut all closings require lawyers, a good thing I think, who go over everything. Our lawyer required a walkthru an hour before closing with all faults/leavings recorded. That way it was very hard for the sellers to do damage or remove items.

In Florida, the title company does the closing, there is a walkthru done with the buyers' agent and sometimes the sellers' agent the morning of the closing. A lawyer is sometimes used - we did on one house and not on our current house as it was bank owned.

I know you will be very happy and a little overwhelmed. The best wishes on making this house your warm, cozy, well loved home.