There are usually some things to be done around the house, especially if you’re in escrow to buy or sell a house. Here are a few examples of some “projects” that your neighbors either wanted or needed to take care of and the logistical, timing, and sequencing considerations we tackled to get ‘er done.
The rodent infestation in the attic – Since all the insulation has to be removed from the attic, and the entire area cleaned and sanitized, as it has been saturated and infused with urine and feces of what the rat guy labeled generations of rats who’ve inhabited the attic, the area is considered a bio-hazard and therefore no one else can be present for the full day that it will take to complete the rodent remediation process, including installing brand new insulation. So we squeezed it in after the handy man cleared the entire request for repair items and before the close of escrow and the buyer’s final walk through. Thank goodness the house was vacant and no one needed a hotel room or dog boarding during the removal of the rat-rich bio-hazard.
The gigantic washer and dryer – When you purchase the world’s largest known capacity washer and dryer, for the express goal of tending to your active family’s laundry needs, then discover that even though they are stackable and fit in your downstairs laundry room, you’re not tall enough to reach the controls for the upper level machine, and you work with your contractor to install them side by side and build specialized pedestals with nifty storage to solve the problem. When you decide it’s time to sell the house, you realize you’ll need to remove the side wall of the laundry room to extract your gigantic side by side washer and dryer in order for the buyers to install their more normal sized machines. A few texts and emails exchanging model numbers and dimensions, and it’s agreed that the gigantors will stay where they are, thankfully avoiding scheduling the wall demo, washer and dryer switch out, and wall rebuild.
The mold underneath the kitchen peninsula – It is never a good thing when the home inspector takes a flat head screw driver and pulls back the toe kick surrounding the kitchen peninsula to show you the black stuff covering the surface underneath. Check with the seller and yes, there was a leak from the dishwasher a year ago. But the guy who installed the new dishwasher said the leak was repaired. The leak has been repaired, but two swab samples and two days later, you’ve statistically verified two kinds of bad mold are present at ridiculously high levels. You arm wrestle the seller to both pay for the necessary remediation and restoration before the close of escrow, and count yourself lucky that they give you a credit to do the work on your own time after escrow closes and you own the house.
I'm Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.
Email me. Leslie@MyMVHome.com
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