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sadie, Home Buyer in 43103

The seller signed and said everything is in working condition. I turned on the furnace but no heat. What can I do?

Asked by sadie, 43103 Sat Nov 3, 2012

Seller had given me names of the companies that she had used. I called them both and one came out and said the furnace needs replaced 2500.00 the second company had called back and left a voice message saying the last time they had serviced the furnace that they told the seller that it needed replaced this was in May. She sold the house to me in September.

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Since you had an inspection done, contact your inspector, and tell him about your scenario. Ask him why, since the furnace passed inspection, it needs to be replaced now?
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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Did the inspector check the furnace. If not, does he have insurance? If it was working at the time of the inspection, then the seller was telling the truth to the best of her knowledge and the inspector is off the hook too. Did you check it again when you did your walk thru? At some point, things quit working. sounds like it is just your bad luck on this one. sorry.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 4, 2012
Yes there was a home inspection done.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 4, 2012
Does this mean you never did a home inspection? I do not start a mortgage process until a buyer does a home inspection and is satisfied with the report on the condition of the home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2012
Is it a Gas furnace? Do you know if Gas is on?

Did you have home inspection done? Was it working before?

Have you got all the utilities turned on in your name? Did you get any kind of Home Warranty? It can be a little or a big expense.

First thing find out what's wrong with it and then talk to the seller to see if you they are willing to compensate for it.

Ajay Pandya
Keller Williams Greater Columbus
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2012
You can try to pursue the seller, but it's an uphill battle.

What did your inspector say about the furnace when you had your inspection? Or did you attempt to save a few hundred dollars by "not having the house inspected"?
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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Could be tough and unsuccessful fight and in the end you could end up spending more money and time chasing down the $2500. It would be worthwhile to approach the seller and attempt to get them to either pay or assist in paying. You could approach it in a congenial manner, guilting them into doing the right thing and, if that fails, threaten a lawsuit, which might get their attention and force up some $$. Whatever happens, think of it as adding $2500 to the purchase price of your house (likely a drop in the bucket!). Would you have still bought the home for an additional $2500? Do you love your new home an extra $2500 worth? Probably. Good luck, whatever happens...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2012
You could sue for giving false information based on what the company said. But she may have forgotten that or not believed them. This is a prime example of why we, as professionals, strongly recommend home inspections by licensed home inspectors and home warranties. If you had purchased a home warranty, you would just be out the co-pay.
Let this be a lesson to others.
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