Nickled and Damned
March 13, 2013 11:58 AM Subscribe
House Buyer/Seller Etiquette: is it legitimate for me to be tweaked that the seller wants to charge me for replacement HVAC filters and things that can only be used in the house but that aren't nailed down?
posted by Leezie to home & garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We are purchasing a house from a retired couple who built the home originally. Negotiations on price and adjustments for issues found in the home inspection were uneventful. After those negotiations ended, we reached out the sellers to see if they were interested in selling some of their furniture to us (large, nice pieces like a piano, grandfather clock, dining room table that would be difficult to fit in the two bedroom apartment they are moving into from the house). We ended up agreeing on some small items but really haggled over price.
In the end, we ended up $145 apart. I had told the seller that we didn't want the items enough to pay what he was asking. Then he comes back and says, pay what I'm asking and I'll throw in the HVAC filters, old bricks, tiles, appliance manuals, blueprints for the house, floor mats in the garage, etc.
My first reaction to this was to be supremely annoyed as I thought this kind of stuff which obviously only works at the house would be left for us without us having to pay for it. Or, have I just been a schmuck all of these years leaving unused filters, appliance manuals and leftover tiles for the new owner without charging them?