Dear Mr. Contractor,
I wanted to thank you for doing the repair work on the home that my buyers are purchasing here in Salem, OR. They are very excited about this house.
I just wanted to make sure that you understood that in real estate transactions, the deal is between the buyer and the seller of the property. Not between you and me, or you and the buyer, or you and…anyone.
See…the home inspector hired by the buyers found some very minor things wrong with the house, no deal killers, but a few things they wanted fixed. Thankfully the seller is a wonderful person who has maintained her home well and graciously agreed to do the repairs asked for by my buyers.
That’s when you enter the picture.
You were contacted to complete some of these minor repairs. You decided after starting one of the repairs “that it was silly” and decided to not complete it. While I agree that the repair may be minor, it just isn’t your contract. When the inspector reinspected the repairs, they were not complete. Unfortunately, this means my buyers are having to hold funding and pay another reinspect fee because you decided that the repair request was asinine.
I wanted to make sure that you understand that the seller agreed to do the repairs, asinine or not, for the buyer. I just wanted to ask, as your local friendly real estate agent, that you do what you are hired to do and leave the contract terms alone. Home inspectors are supposed to point out all things, asinine or not. Contractors are supposed to give expert opinions on the completion of those repairs. Agents are supposed to help buyers and sellers navigate that information. We all have our roles in this process.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know…call me crazy…but “I thought it was silly” doesn’t sound like a valid reason for not completing a task you were hired to do.
So I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for allowing me to waste my time in dealing with this problem on behalf of my buyers. Thank you for causing them and the seller additional stress during the process and most importantly, thank you for allowing me to add you to my “do not recommend list.”
Melina Tomson, MS
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