Seller Headaches: When Things Go Bad

Have you ever heard of Murphy's Law, where if it can go wrong, it will? Well, it is all going wrong and I'm ready to get off the bus and cry now. I'm just to the point of being done and over with everything having to do with selling this house. I just want out and never look back again.

Why you ask? Because if it can go wrong, it has. In a previous blog I mentioned that the inspection response was draining me of money earmarked for my next home, nearly making me homeless on my next chapter. Well, part of the response is that they don't like the AC unit. They think it is too old and want me to replace it before I move. 

Um, no. 

But the weirdest thing is that the AC unit has worked just fine until after the inspection when I had it checked to appease the buyer. I was told it was low on freon and went ahead and spent $500 to have it refilled. Two days later, the AC quit working during one of the hottest weekends on record. And my birthday. I called for the same man to come out, and he told me right then and there, without putting much effort into checking it out, that the compressor was bad, and that it would cost me over $3,000 to replace the unit.

Something didn't sit right with me, so after complaining about it on Facebook, someone sent a professional HVAC guy to the house who verified my gut feeling: the compressor was not bad at all. $150 later, I found that the unit had been overfilled with freon by the previous guy, which triggered a series of events leading to it only needing a new capacitor and some freon released. 

The thing that bothered me the most is that I feel bullied by the buyer right now, and I am not comfortable with their demands anymore. I'm tired with being pressured to keep writing checks out of money that is supposed to help put a roof over my own head when I leave here. And what I'm looking to buy is not exactly a grand resort location. In fact, some would consider a dump. 

If you are a buyer, and you have made the decision to make a purchase, you need to be considerate of the buyer, as well. There are some demands that make sense, but you should not send the seller to the poor house just because you want the house to be in pristine move-in condition. Especially when buying older homes. It just is not going to happen. There are limits to what people can and will do, and all you are doing is stirring up a bees nest when you make outrageous demands on a homeowner who is trying to be nice and accommodating. It is taxing and stressful enough on them to sell already. 

Right now, I'm just done. Done and over it all.