hausdok Posted December 10, 2009 Report Share Posted December 10, 2009 Last week on the 2nd - that first colder day that we had - I arrived onsite to find the pilots burning on the water heater and furnace but neither would come on. The place was a bank-owned property that had allegedly been "winterized" in the fall and then had been de-winterized the day before the inspection. Everyone was standing around freezing, so I decided to fire up the furnace to get them warm while I did my thing. No-Go. I told them to call a repairman and started doing my thing. Within an hour, a fellow was there. He checked things out and determined that the meter, of all things, had gone bad. The gas company showed up, installed a new meter and then everything fired right up and they were able to get warm. Yesterday, I heard from the buyer. The listing agent is going to re-winterize the home because it is going to be several months until they finished all of the stuff that's required of the short sale. The listing agent is doing it himself. Naturally, I expressed some skepticism about the ability of a real estate person to do that correctly. My client was concerned about pipes freezing. Rightly so too; the pipes under that home are completely uninsulated. At least when the heat is on in the winter there is probably enough heat loss to keep the crawl above freezing - has to be, no sign that there's ever been any flooding in the home's 20 year history and that crawl is a study in ratology; nasty vermin trails and crap everywhere, and rats won't stay where it's too cold for them. Wat's going to happen with the heat off and those pipes in that crawl sitting there uninsulated? I've got a pretty good hunch I know what the answer is. He says he'll probably hire me to go back out and check out conditions in the crawl just before he takes possession, but I can't blame him for being nervous in the meantime. I recommended that, until then, he go by there and check things out as often as possible. He's crossing his fingers. Anyone else encountering folks doing really, really stupid things with bank-owned properties? ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!! Mike Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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