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Old 06-01-2018, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Why ask for a price reduction when you offered more than the asking???
Does the contract have an inspection clause allowing you to back out?
Do so and change your offer to the asking price.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: NC
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All power poles are installed and maintained by the power company, no matter where they are located. There are easements on the property to allow them access. There is usually a small plaque with the pole number on it. The homeowners may have removed the guy wire themselves, but that is not allowed. Otherwise, perhaps it slipped loose and they also did not realize that the power company would come fix it for free. As soon as you buy the place just call the power company and they will inspect/repair it. That is one thing you need to know if you are moving to a rural property. There will be more. Maybe you are not ready for this type of living?
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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IMHO... the power pole is a utility company issue.... call them and tell them the pole is loose and leaning. It probably won't cost you anything.



Not a cost reduction issue, IMHO... there's no loss in value.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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Rural property doesn't have anything to do with it.
I called electric utility company, as I expected, they said it's home owners responsibility to pay a electrician to have the pole installed and the cable/s wired the to home and all the utility does is hook up the power from the road to the box on the pole and install the meter. The utility has NOTHING to with installing and maintaining the pole. So I'm guessing I'll have to hire a electrician or fix it myself. I kind of figured it would be like this.
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That's not true in my area
My inspector said I would have hire a tech, You have to be certified in HVAC, I guess he wasn't. Okey Dokie: My wife reminded me of what I said, that we were just a little concerned about the a/c unit and what to and what not to ask for. We just asked for the check up. We're buying this place regardless. old_cold: When we first looked at the place, our agent said to offer slightly more, this was before we had the inspection. I don't understand why I couldn't have gotten an inspection before hand. Then make the offer. how can one make an offer without knowing a homes true condition? Does this make any sense? luv4horses: READ ABOVE, I could not see where the guy wire was attached, wherever it was it wasn't there, it has been unattached for a LONG TIME. This pole in my opinion has not been maintained and probably been affected by the hurricanes. Thanks everybody.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I don't understand why I couldn't have gotten an inspection before hand. Then make the offer. how can one make an offer without knowing a homes true condition? Does this make any sense? luv4horses: READ ABOVE, I could not see where the guy wire was attached, wherever it was it wasn't there, it has been unattached for a LONG TIME. This pole in my opinion has not been maintained and probably been affected by the hurricanes. Thanks everybody.
You can do the inspection first. Then you can make a cleaner offer sometimes with no inspection contingency and its associated time period, and any inspection related repair requests or price reductions can be included in the original offer. And then the seller can turn down your offer completely or counter it. And... someone else can offer on the place and win it out from under you, and you've still spent the ~ $500 for inspection.

Some people do this. We have one client who has done it twice now. They had reasons to not want to even go under contract unless the house passed some critical checks. And I hear it's becoming more common in really hot markets where the absence of an inspection contingency in the offer is a winning feature.

But in most areas... it's probably pretty unusual. Most times, it's 'safer' for buyer to lock the property up before paying for inspection, if you're pretty sure you want the house.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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BirdieBelle I called electric utility company, as I expected, they said it's home owners responsibility to pay a electrician to have the pole installed and the cable/s wired the to home and all the utility does is hook up the power from the road to the box on the pole and install the meter. The utility has NOTHING to with installing and maintaining the pole. So I'm guessing I'll have to hire a electrician or fix it myself. I kind of figured it would be like this.

Hmmm.. OK! Go figure.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:05 AM
 
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My inspector said I would have hire a tech, You have to be certified in HVAC, I guess he wasn't.
If he was a certified HVAC tech, he wouldn't be a home inspector. Two very different jobs.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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The way I'm reading this, I'm guessing the property has a manufactured home with a power pole with the meter on it which is loose. The electric company has nothing to do with the power pole for a manufactured home. They only run to the meter pole and it's the homeowner's responsibility from there.

Unless there were already competing offers I have no idea why the OP offered more than asking. Realtor gets a bigger commission, though. Buy a homeowner's warranty (or get your realtor to pay for it) and hope the A/C croaks the first year so you can get it replaced.
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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You can always ask. Just figure out what you do if they say no.
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Old 06-02-2018, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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BirdieBelle I called electric utility company, as I expected, they said it's home owners responsibility to pay a electrician to have the pole installed and the cable/s wired the to home and all the utility does is hook up the power from the road to the box on the pole and install the meter. The utility has NOTHING to with installing and maintaining the pole.
Ugh.

In any event, I would not ask for a reduction. The home's condition should have been factored into the asking price. This kind of thing is the downside of buying rural property.
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