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post #1 of 12
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I so HATE selling my house. I got a contract on it about a week ago and the inspection was done yesterday. I get a call from my realtor last night all in a panic because they said the roof was damaged and had to be replaced.

Now this is a 12 year old roof with a 25 year guarantee. I had it last inspected 3 years ago when the tornado went over the house where the insurance company and 2 roofers went over it with a fine tooth comb. They replaced 2 shingles and the vents, which were dented from the wind. So the inspector claims that the shingles were buckling from the heat from the attic because the attic was not ventilated correctly. It turns out when they replaced the vents 3 years ago, they used half the cooling capacity of the ones that were on there. But the inspector also said that the shingles could be warped from premature aging.

So all I need to do to close is to agree to buy a new roof. The person who installed the roof is no longer in business and the one who installed the vents can blaim it on the roofer. I will not get either one to pay for the damage. I'm hoping the roofers that are bidding the job will claim hail damage, which I can use to file an insurance claim.

So I'm beginning to think that the buyer has had second thoughts and is using this as an excuse to get out of the deal. Then I met the woman this afternoon and found out she is heads over heals in love with the house. She wrote me a check for some of the antiques that are sitting over there. And this goes into the "isn't it a small world category", but it turns out that her husband's great-great-great-grandparents were the original purchasers of the property in 1845. I had left the house abstract on the table and when they saw the name on the first page, they went back to the geneology and it turns out they are related. So they feel like they are coming home.

So bad news: I have to fork up money for a new roof. Good news: we get a check for the house next Saturday.

And she has 2 (indoor) cats and recognizes that it is a great house for cats. She even figured out that the locks on the closet doors were to keep the cats out. I let her know that the house was cat proof.

I'm so happy I don't know what to do. It's been a really really long day and I'm going out to celebrate with hubby now. We weren't sure that even with a contract, that we had a sale.
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
I so HATE selling my house. I got a contract on it about a week ago and the inspection was done yesterday. I get a call from my realtor last night all in a panic because they said the roof was damaged and had to be replaced.

Now this is a 12 year old roof with a 25 year guarantee. I had it last inspected 3 years ago when the tornado went over the house where the insurance company and 2 roofers went over it with a fine tooth comb. They replaced 2 shingles and the vents, which were dented from the wind. So the inspector claims that the shingles were buckling from the heat from the attic because the attic was not ventilated correctly. It turns out when they replaced the vents 3 years ago, they used half the cooling capacity of the ones that were on there. But the inspector also said that the shingles could be warped from premature aging.

So all I need to do to close is to agree to buy a new roof. The person who installed the roof is no longer in business and the one who installed the vents can blaim it on the roofer. I will not get either one to pay for the damage. I'm hoping the roofers that are bidding the job will claim hail damage, which I can use to file an insurance claim.

So I'm beginning to think that the buyer has had second thoughts and is using this as an excuse to get out of the deal. Then I met the woman this afternoon and found out she is heads over heals in love with the house. She wrote me a check for some of the antiques that are sitting over there. And this goes into the "isn't it a small world category", but it turns out that her husband's great-great-great-grandparents were the original purchasers of the property in 1845. I had left the house abstract on the table and when they saw the name on the first page, they went back to the geneology and it turns out they are related. So they feel like they are coming home.

So bad news: I have to fork up money for a new roof. Good news: we get a check for the house next Saturday.

And she has 2 (indoor) cats and recognizes that it is a great house for cats. She even figured out that the locks on the closet doors were to keep the cats out. I let her know that the house was cat proof.

I'm so happy I don't know what to do. It's been a really really long day and I'm going out to celebrate with hubby now. We weren't sure that even with a contract, that we had a sale.


OK, being my husband's a roofer this can actually be fixed easily. I wish you were in florida, he would do an awesome job and for dirt cheap too


My husband said the shingles were probably weathered. Meaning left out in the heat and not taken care of BEFORE they put them on your house.. He also said that the whole roof probably wouldnt have to be done. And No, they can't warp from poor ventilation. It just makes your attic a little hotter and your house harder to cool down....They should put in cobra vents.

I so wish we were closer.... he could fix all this for you easily
post #3 of 12
We re-shingled our house about 4 yrs ago so the verbage the realtor is using is a bit vague-you need new shingles only right??? If you have the mfg name of the shingles they should be able to send a rep to look at them. We installed the shingles ourselves along with the roof vents. Before we had an attic fan which failed several yrs before the shingles were replaced.
To me is doesn't sound like you need the whole roof redone as Dixie darlin said perhaps just the vents- I would get a couple opinions from some roofers before shelling out lots of $$$ needlessly.
post #4 of 12
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Awesome ideas!!! I was told the damage was all over the roof so they claim it all needs to be replaced. The receipt didn't list the manufacturer, but I bet we could pull one up and find a name on them somewhere.

(and back from dinner with hubby where I slurped back a couple of margarita's)
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
Awesome ideas!!! I was told the damage was all over the roof so they claim it all needs to be replaced. The receipt didn't list the manufacturer, but I bet we could pull one up and find a name on them somewhere.

(and back from dinner with hubby where I slurped back a couple of margarita's)

Woohoo you go girl!

I would check the local papers for small-time guys who do roofing. They are alot cheaper then the big-time guys. Most of them are guys who work for the big-time companies and doing side jobs (thats what my hubby does )
Check laundromats also... sometimes you can find flyers for them there. I wouldn't pull a shingle up to check it. 1. Your roof will start to leak and 2. Shingles don't have the mfc names on them. Only the package does. It would take about 2-3 hours to fix your problem and if anyone charges you over $800-$1000 then they are B.Sing you....If you actually wanted to do it yourself, my husband and I would be happy to help talk to you about it. Everything you would need for it can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes... and cheap too
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
Woohoo you go girl!

I would check the local papers for small-time guys who do roofing. They are alot cheaper then the big-time guys. Most of them are guys who work for the big-time companies and doing side jobs (thats what my hubby does )

If you actually wanted to do it yourself, my husband and I would be happy to help talk to you about it. Everything you would need for it can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes... and cheap too
We are calling local folks as well as bigger firms. The bigger firms just to hear their assessment on what the problem is and the smaller guys for the price.

No way will we attempt to do this on our own. The roof is not only very steep but it's also tall. Hubby is afraid of heights and I don't have the skills to pull it off.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
We are calling local folks as well as bigger firms. The bigger firms just to hear their assessment on what the problem is and the smaller guys for the price.

No way will we attempt to do this on our own. The roof is not only very steep but it's also tall. Hubby is afraid of heights and I don't have the skills to pull it off.
I can understand that... my husband is on a roof right now and you couldn't pay me enough to get up there!
post #8 of 12
I hear you about being on the roof ours isn't steep but I was when we reshingles the worst part was crawling (very slowly) up and down the ladder. That and not looking down on the ground!!!
post #9 of 12
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"I so HATE selling my house."

I don't. I LOVE selling that house. I've never liked it (understatement of the decade). I've wanted to move for 13 years, and now we're in a wonderful new house where we both feel like we're "on vacation" whenever we're home. If paying for a new roof is all it takes to get rid of that place, I consider it a screaming blue light special bargain of the century!!!

(DadofMany - momofmany's main squeeze)
(actually, after 17 1/2 years of marriage, I "assume" I'm her main squeeze, though I hate to jump to conclusions)
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
"I so HATE selling my house."

I don't. I LOVE selling that house. I've never liked it (understatement of the decade). I've wanted to move for 13 years, and now we're in a wonderful new house where we both feel like we're "on vacation" whenever we're home. If paying for a new roof is all it takes to get rid of that place, I consider it a screaming blue light special bargain of the century!!!

(DadofMany - momofmany's main squeeze)
(actually, after 17 1/2 years of marriage, I "assume" I'm her main squeeze, though I hate to jump to conclusions)

I needed that laugh.Good luck on the whole moving process.
post #11 of 12
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We move the rest of our stuff tomorrow afternoon. We have a bed, a dresser, a dining room set, some lawn tools, ladder, cleaning supplies and a big barrel of wood (to smoke meats). Should fit in a pickup truck and my car.

We're both counting the days until next Saturday. It is beginning to feel so good to know that I don't have to drive 60 miles between houses ever again.

The real momofmany (dad is sleeping).
post #12 of 12
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So I met the buyers over the weekend and we came to a great agreement on the roof problem. As my realtor is faxing the paperwork to me to sign the "final" form, she calls me back to tell me that the Radon test just came back.

Guess what? I've been living in a house for the last 13 years with Radon levels higher than what is recommended by the EPA. Since neither hubby or I or any of the kids have had any diseases that relate to radon exposure, I guess there was no harm done (we hope).

But this opens up the entire negotiation process all over again. Our realtors get in the middle of it and start to play their game. I don't know which one lied to the buyer, but she heard that we refused to do anything about it. Her realtor told her to walk away from the deal. The buyer calls me directly, we settle on a deal within 5 minutes and put our agreement in writing to each other. We tell the realtors to acknowledge that we both know about the problem and there is nothing that we are asking to do between us. It was the only way to get the 2 of them to back off.

The buyers want to buy the house and we want to sell it. Why do realtors have to screw up a good deal?

Now, unless the finance company starts to mess up the deal, we close on Friday. With everything going wrong, I'm not getting my hopes up about anything right now.
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