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Old 09-17-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hi Guys

First post and looking forward to all of the info and knowledge I'm sure is floating around this site...

We are under contract on a house here in CT and had the inspection yesterday. One of the main concerns was some brick deterioration, dampness in crawlspace (basement ok), and some wood rot on a sun-porch all pointing to a grading or drainage issue with the yard not allowing the water to run away from the back and side of the house. To make it easier I've attached an overview with circles showing the areas of concern. The yard is graded left to right around the back left corner of the home (neighbors yard is higher). We have a landscaping/excavation guy coming out to take a look but in your experience do you have any idea of what to expect in terms of work, and most importantly cost? Since we are still under contract this is our time to negotiate with the sellers so we want to make sure we have a firm grasp on the situation and any help is appreciated!


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Old 09-17-2011, 07:21 PM   #2
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I trust that the deal will fall through if you don't agree on negotiations.

I don't have any numbers for you but I suggest that you make the numbers bigger to allow for the time and effort to fix the problems. In other words knock off the purchase price somewhat more than the actual cost to repair. Alternatively have the seller arrange for and pay for the repairs before the contract is locked in.

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I'm not sure how things will go if we don't agree on terms but I imagine a lot will depend on what the estimates come back. We've been warned that for something like this to get a concession from the seller vs having them do the work. Our realtor gave us some stories of similar situations where the yard needed regrading and the seller just dumped a truckload of dirt in the yard and left it. We would want it done right, not just "done".
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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If the neighbor to the left is at a higher elevation, is the neighbor to the right lower than your lot. It's hard to determine how it needs to be corrected without knowing the grades and pitch of the back yard.
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You need to be sure that the purchase and sales agreement is written up correctly and all of the work needed is done prior to the contract's becoming binding.

The real estate broker you are working with is not looking out for you unless you pro-actively signed an agreement designating him as a buyer's broker and you agreed to under some conditions pay some of his commission.

Having an attorney who knows real estate (not just the attorney you pay for in the mortgage closing costs) is a help.
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