When Your House Doesn’t Want You to Move

Houses can be tempermental beings in the best of times; repairs always seem necessary at the exact moment when you’re between paychecks and otherwise have to shuffle and juggle to make them.

Never is this more true than when you’re selling your house. Sometimes it just doesn’t want to see it go and it will do all it can to make your life miserable before you’re out the door.

Unlike repairs while you’re living in the house and not selling, repairs when your home is in escrow can’t be avoided and can’t be ignored. Unless amended, the Arizona Association of REALTORS Residential Resale Purchase contract warranties that many items will be in working order at the close – built-in appliances, plumbing and electrical systems, garage door openers and the like.

In addition, the home itself needs to be in the same condition at closing as it was at the time of the contract (plus any agreed upon repairs.) While the buyer needs to conduct a final walkthrough, if the seller knows that something no longer is working there can be liability after the fact even if the buyer didn’t detect the issue. You can’t play “gotcha” with a house.

It’s unfortunate when it happens but once you’re in escrow you need to make sure what you eventually sell is what the buyer saw at the start.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.

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