Liar, liar, pants on fire

OK, so I couldn’t come up with a better title than that. Sorry.

Today we found out about yet another one of the seller’s lies. You’d think after three weeks we wouldn’t still be finding out about this stuff. But no.

Some background info: After the inspection we found a number of significant problems but the seller didn’t want to lower the cost. Instead after a lot of pushing she agreed to put on a new roof for us. Considering the seller has cut every corner possible when they lived in the house I didn’t doubt that they would try to cut corners on a roof they weren’t going to be using. So I did my research and wrote up a detailed specifications sheet that was included in our counter offer. Obviously, the most important part of the specification sheet was the shingle. We specified a 40 year architectural shingle since that’s what we would have put on ourselves.

Fast forward to two months later where after the closing we discover that the seller opted to put on a 30 year shingle instead without informing us! We would have never even known if we hadn’t ordered extra shingles for the shed. The spare shingles had been sitting outside under a tarp so we never noticed that they said 30 year shingles on the side until we started moving them. I called the roofer this morning to confirm the find out what was put on our roof and they said she chose to put on the 30 year shingle instead. The cost difference between the 30 and 40 year shingle was only $422. 422 dollars! She signed a legally binding document but decided to break it for $422. This is in addition to a whole slew of lies and made up stories about everything from me to how much land she owns. We’re come to the conclusion she is a compulsive liar. Too bad we didn’t know that before starting this whole thing. Don’t worry I plan to write out some posts that talk about our house buying process because frankly it’s one of those horror stories you hear but with a happy ending (we got the house).

In the mean time marvel at how much curb appeal our new roof added even if it will kick the bucket roughly 7 years earlier.


Before: Notice the algae and attractive satellite dish. Doesn’t it just say, “Come on in?”


After: The new shingles have copper in them to help prevent algae and no more satellite dish!


Before: Notice the 6 foot tall wood stove exhaust pipe?


After: Poof, it’s gone!




4 Responses to “Liar, liar, pants on fire”

  1. 1 aconstructedlife June 12, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the problems you’ve had with the crazy lady you bought your house from. At least you ended up with the home you wanted and you and Flannel Man are doing incredible things to it. It already looks so much better! Can’t wait to keep seeing the progress.

  2. 2 Robin June 12, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, in the end we are really happy that we got the house. I can’t wait to see the progress you make on your house. You’re much farther ahead than us and I know I’ll need the inspiration. : )

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This is the story of two twenty something newlyweds who are learning to adjust to life in their first house, a 1973 fixer-upper.
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