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Old 07-12-2012, 02:26 PM
 
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So we just bought our first house. After we moved in, I went to water the lawn and the sprinkler system did not work. On the sellers disclosure, they said the sprinkler systems worked. After email the previous owners, they said that they haven't used them in 3 years. They said they had problems with them before and got them fixed, but didn't use them again because of water rates. They have said that they won't pay for them to be fixed because they worked the last time they used them (3 years ago), which is why the put that they worked. My next option is mediation. Is it worth it?
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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At this time you have no idea why it does not work. Could be as simple as throwing a switch, etc. I would get a qualified service person to look at it first.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Welcome to home ownership.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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If the sellers disclosed that they worked the last time they used them, they (apparently) told the truth.

You'll probably get nowhere. Mediation would likely cost you more than getting them serviceable.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Any reason why you didn't test them out during the inspection?
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Are they winterized? Do they use irrigation, and if so, is there water available, or do you have water rights? Are the sprinklers run by a clock? Is the clock plugged in, does it have batteries? There are many reasons it may not work when you push "start"

Also, what manderly said.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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Every inspection I've ever been to has included testing the sprinkler system. Please tell me you had an inspection...
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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Yes, I did have an inspection. The inspector said in this city they do not test the sprinklers.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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Just fix the system and be done. Actually, you will never be done. Sprinkler systems need constant( yearly) work. Sometime very minor, sometimes major. Think of the cost of water and the cost of plants. Include labor for landscape. Now you will be happy to keep the sprinkler system in tip top shape.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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Did you get a home warranty? Not sure if it will cover sprinkler systems, but can't hurt to ask.
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