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    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:19 pm
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    I have a house that is on the market at the moment. We are keeping it show ready and getting the dogs out 3, 4 and 5 times a day for showings.
    It is an old house and there is work to be done - it is being sold on that basis.

    So today we have 3 showings - all back to back - the last 2 are now cancelled because the dude looking at the house during the first showing started tugging on a pipe to see how strong it was. He broke it.

    My basement is now flooded because we were out at it took them 10 minutes to find the shut off valve. The potential buyers split and our agent says that the guy 'barely touched it'. NONSENSE!

    So here we are with no water, a flooded basement, cancelled appointments and an emergency call in to a plumber hoping we can get it resolved today.
    The person who broke it has no liability of course and as far as I remember emergency plumbing calls are costly.

    Don is livid and I could just spit!

    Rant over. Thank you for listening. Better to vent here than kick a dog icon_wink.gif


    Last edited by K9 Owned on Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:39 am, edited 1 time in total
    Becky in Wisconsin
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:26 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    I have a house that is on the market at the moment. We are keeping it show ready and getting the dogs out 3, 4 and 5 times a day for showings.
    It is an old house and there is work to be done - it is being sold on that basis.

    So today we have 3 showings - all back to back - the last 2 are now cancelled because the dude looking at the house during the first showing started tugging on a pipe to see how strong it was. He broke it.

    My basement is now flooded because we were out at it took them 10 minutes to find the shut off valve. The potential buyers split and our agent says that the guy 'barely touched it'. NONSENSE!

    So here we are with no water, a flooded basement, cancelled appointments and an emergency call in to a plumber hoping we can get it resolved today.
    The person who broke it has no liability of course and as far as I remember emergency plumbing calls are costly.

    Don is livid and I could just spit!

    Rant over. Thank you for listening. Better to vent here than kick a dog icon_wink.gif


    Vent away, vent away. No need to kick the dog. This totally SUCKS. And you are too kind for saying it is NONSENSE! I think it's BULL$**T. Check with your own insurance agent tomorrow, and see if they can help. Stranger things have happened. Worth a shot. Good luck, and I will be thinking of you.
    CHRISSYG
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:58 pm
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    I'm with Becky, that is BS!!!!!
    I would be livid too! See what your insurance company says. Maybe the guy IS liable.
    Saralaya
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:36 pm
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    K9- That is ridiculous! I would check with the listing agent and see if THEY have insurance coverage... bet they have some liability....they are bringing people into YOUR home.... icon_evil.gif
    Olive*
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:52 pm
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    Saralaya wrote:
    K9- That is ridiculous! I would check with the listing agent and see if THEY have insurance coverage... bet they have some liability....they are bringing people into YOUR home.... icon_evil.gif


    That is what I was thinking.....and that is probably why she said the dude barely touched it icon_mad.gif because the listing agent knew she/ her employer could be liable.
    Molly53
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:55 pm
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    Yep. The repairs should be on that listing agent showing the house to Mr. Muscles. That agent is responsible for any damage done by her clients.
    Stella Mae
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:08 pm
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    You have recourse. A man was in your house and did some damage to your property. Check your insurance, because somewhere in the fine print you are not liable.
    mums the word
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:10 pm
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    OH K9 I am so sorry for your troubles. How ridiculous to tug on a pipe, what the h#$% is that about? Do you yank on pipes in your own house...moron! Obviously if it isn't leaking it is fine!

    Hope you can get that doofus to pay damages.
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:15 pm
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    Well the plumber just left. Fabulous lad!
    To repair it would be $4- 500 (running new copper to the bathroom sink) but he also said "if you are selling it 'as is' I'd just cap it. Don is so irked (and aren't I showing restraint in my language?) that he said 'just cap it'. So as of right now I have water everywhere in the house except for cold to the bathroom sink. We will try to put the onus on the Agent before we go ahead with any repairs.

    This lad was so good he basically checked out all of the plumbing, gave us an estimate to fix the whole sheebang and then shot a camera down the sewer to the street to see if there were impending problems there. That is generally a $600 job in itself. He told us 'no charge' if we would hire him if we do decide to go ahead with any repairs.

    We certainly will and have also found that he works the area we are looking at moving to and will check wells and septic systems. I think we have ourselves a pet plumber icon_smile.gif

    Now to address this with the Real Estate Agent icon_evil.gif
    Saralaya
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:27 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    Well the plumber just left. Fabulous lad!
    To repair it would be $4- 500 (running new copper to the bathroom sink) but he also said "if you are selling it 'as is' I'd just cap it. Don is so irked (and aren't I showing restraint in my language?) that he said 'just cap it'. So as of right now I have water everywhere in the house except for cold to the bathroom sink. We will try to put the onus on the Agent before we go ahead with any repairs.

    This lad was so good he basically checked out all of the plumbing, gave us an estimate to fix the whole sheebang and then shot a camera down the sewer to the street to see if there were impending problems there. That is generally a $600 job in itself. He told us 'no charge' if we would hire him if we do decide to go ahead with any repairs.

    We certainly will and have also found that he works the area we are looking at moving to and will check wells and septic systems. I think we have ourselves a pet plumber icon_smile.gif

    Now to address this with the Real Estate Agent icon_evil.gif


    Great find- a good, honest plumber..... now go GET that Real Estate Agency! icon_twisted.gif
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:26 pm
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    I'm feeling better. I have sent an email to the Agent telling him that the plumber has come and gone and that there was no way that 'just touching' it would have caused it to break. I'm leaving it for the moment to give them an opportunity to do the right thing.

    Even better news is that my brother is one of those super handy guys and his best bud is an electrician. They are coming over on Wednesday and again on Thursday to check out the plumbing and electrical and make whatever repairs are necessary. My brother will work for free and his friend will dramatically reduce his rate because my brother has helped him on many jobs. We just have to cover materials and a couple of hundred as a thank you.

    ETA...even better I am saying 'no showings' for those two days so we can toss things around all we want for 2 whole days! I'm pretty excited about that! icon_lol.gif
    Dee514
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:17 pm
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    I so feel for you! I have had damage and "items go missing" during sales appointments. It was then that I decided I would stay home during the appointments, and crate the dog instead of "being out" with her. The realtor was a bit balky about "my arrangements" at first, however when told him that I would replace him with a different Realty company he quickly stopped balking. Needless to say, nothing got damaged or went missing while I was there (and the house sold with no problems).

    According to hubby who was an ins claims manager, the damages and repairs should be covered by your insurance company. Your ins company will then recover the funds from the realty company and the realtor's client.
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:39 pm
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    Thanks for lending an ear an offering advice folks! Much appreciated.
    I checked our insurance and we can claim it but with the deductible it really isn't worth it. The Realtor is back tomorrow with another (different) showing so if I have a chance I will speak to him then. He often hangs around for a few minutes afterwards.

    One way or another we will be reimbursed if only by deducting it from his commission icon_lol.gif
    Connie Lea
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:56 pm
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    I, too think the listing agent should be responsible for any damage done by their client. Good luck. Oh and as to your venting instead of kicking the dog - there's no way you would ever kick Maddy or Dawson, even if they were the ones who had broken the pipe.
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:00 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    I, too think the listing agent should be responsible for any damage done by their client. Good luck. Oh and as to your venting instead of kicking the dog - there's no way you would ever kick Maddy or Dawson, even if they were the ones who had broken the pipe.

    No I wouldn't Connie. It's just an expression of extreme frustration. My dogs are safe from my foot. icon_smile.gif
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