Finally Got a Counter Offer

Holy smokes, something happened. It’s about time.

So, we got our counter offer last night. The good news is they don’t want more money, the bad news is, we’re haggling over contract wording.

The sellers decided to write in that they want to keep their pellet stove fuel (fine by me) and the washer and dryer. We were under the assumption that since those things were not included in the contract, they got to keep them, but they are being safe, so I understand.

The sellers already have an acceptable land survey with corner stakes, so we’re letting them have that.

Now here comes the fun part. Apparently their agent is under the impression that in Ionia County in Michigan, buyers pay for septic and well inspections. Out of all the counties in Michigan, apparently Ionia is different, which is not the case. After doing plenty of research, no one has ever heard of such a thing. So, we’re writing that out. If it comes down to a matter of cash, we’ll gladly give them another $300 or do the inspection ourselves, but we aren’t going to do it just because their agent is trying to nickel and dime us.

Also, the sellers or the agent, I don’t know, decided to take the word “professionally” out of the replacing the roof on the garage part of the contract. Justin and I have agreed, with our agent, that the word is necessary. If a professional does the job up to code and it passes the FHA inspection, then we have no worries. But, if the seller decides to be “Joe handyman” and do it himself, we have no way of going back on them if they do a bad job. We’re writing our counter offer back today. Hopefully it won’t take another week to get an answer.

Also, they bumped out closing date up to April 15th. So now we have to wait even longer to get out of here. It’s not that big of a deal, but I’ve already put everything in at school to get going. At this point, I’m going to continue forward with my plans and spend my extra time getting things packed up and sorting through our things. I’ll also have an entire garden’s worth of plants to take care of and keep the cat out of.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. This stage can be so stressful and annoying. I hope you get the deal finalized soon. Sending good vibes to you guys!

    1. Thank you! It is really annoying that were haggling over wording now….everyone thinks they know better than everyone else…ugh

  2. Laura says:

    Love hearing the updates – fingers crossed it all gets sorted soon!

  3. Hope says:

    Oh yes, it’s so easy to mess up a roofing job! The previous owners of our home did their own roofing repairs a couple of times, including putting roofing onto an addition themselves. They didn’t dovetail the shingles for the two sections correctly, didn’t seal around the chimney correctly, and added shingles on top of shingles more times than you’re supposed to. We’d already talked them down so much that we weren’t successful including the cost of fixing the roof in their part of the financial responsibilities, so we now have to get it fixed this summer.

    1. Ugh…wow. That’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid. At this point we have a great price with them that includes the roof being fixed, but we aren’t going to let them do it themselves. If it comes down to it, we will offer them less money and fix the roof ourselves, professionally.

  4. Renegade Hollow Farm says:

    Good luck! I’ve never dealt with buying a house, but I have heard the stories from many people who have. It’s getting closer to yours, though and that’s what matters.

    1. We are getting close, that’s what makes it so hard to do this back and forth stuff! It’s so close you can touch it, but it’s not ours yet.

  5. James Gielow says:

    So close I can taste it! Excited for you guys!

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