Check your addendum and have your agent to discuss with listing agent to see if they will do the de winterization.
The cost of $250 seems like a reasonable cost for the normal type of winterization. However, the winterization cost can very by location and type of heat. If you have hot water heat the cost could possibly double. But keep in mind that you are getting opinon from realtors and not contractors.
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And you will not negotiate it that out of the contract. Have had a number of people try and so far...
I know it sounds stubborn and maybe even silly, but it is what it is.
Shoot, as a listing agent I have even paid for one or two myself to get the deal done. No more. I guess I can be stubborn too :>) Well, maybe go half with the buyer agent. On second thought, since they do get paid more than I do I'll go 40/60.
But right now the banks have really slowed down taking on REO inventory. There has been no problem selling these properties and most have gotten multiple offers this last year. So I guess the banks can be a bit stubborn.
We will see what 2010 brings.
Also, de-winterizing may need to be done for multiple inspections. You want to try to schedule them together to limit your costs, if you can. De-winterizing will definitely need to be done for an FHA Inspection (if you are getting a FHA mortgage), you definitely will want it de-winterized for your own inspection, and in many cases it will also need to be de-winterized for the appraiser.
If you are lucky, you might be able to work it out so that more than one of the inspections are done on the same day. There may be a way to have the heat turned on (in the interum) if the inspections/appraisals are done within a short timeframe, but that is also going to be a bit difficult to arrange.
And I am so sorry that this has happened to you, but since the offer has been accepted, there is no way to change it now. Many of these issues could have been negotiated as part of the Purchase Agreement. I generally add a clause to the Purchase Agreement that states the Seller pays the costs of de-winterizing and winterizing, especially when you may need multiple inspections/appraisals.
The advantage of having the bank use their own contractors is that any damage that is incurred in the de-winterization process is normally the responsibility of the bank. Nonetheless, read all agreements very carefully and best of luck with your new home purchase.
Or he is paying way too much :>)
I have a couple of plumbers who do it for this price range. The exception would be if damage had been done to the plumbing, but if it were professionally winterized this should not be a problem.
There should be stickers on the plumbing at the townhouse with contact numbers. You should call them to see what they charge.
Once you finished inspection, seller most likely will winterized it again. And if Mortgage requires water on, seller and listing agent must know about it.
Sorry, but that is what I could tell based on what you posted.
Best on you purchase!
FIRST: ask the listing agent for an authorization to de winterized the property. Once you have approval, then, ask them for a refrerral of the company that winterized it. City needs to be contacted to "connect" (turn on) the watter. At the time of the dewinterization, the company/person doing it must check for leackage around the house.