Need a little advice. Seller says I must have turned off something and fridge was off for almost 2days, house stinks from food spoiling in fridge.
Some background info first- owner moved out of house and moved in with girlfriend. He is letting his kids stay in the house. They are druggies and destroying the house, now it’s for sale and it’s a dump. There was an open bag of trash in one of the bedrooms that already stunk and was surrounded by flies. His original bedroom is even deadbolted to keep the kids out. Nice! I use a “leave behind letter” at every inspection, says I treat their home with care, I try to leave it as I find it, bla, bla, bla and you should check your thermostats, coffee maker, etc in case something was turned off/on during the inspection. I don’t turn off any breakers! I test and reset any GFI outlets and breakers- and they didn’t have any GFI breakers.
When the guy called me, I was polite and professional. In the end, I said to send me an e-mail with what you think you are entitled to and I would submit to my insurance. Needless to say, he sent me a pretty big list of items that were spoiled, I sure feel like he’s just trying to screw me. I’m pretty sure the fridge never went off, and I’m pretty sure his druggie kids didn’t have that much stuff their fridge- hell, we don’t have that much in ours. Almost 2 days before they noticed? Are you kidding me? Ya know, if it was a reasonable list, I’d just cut the guy a check and be done with it, but I don’t like being taken advantage off.
I’ve only been doing inspections part time for 3yrs. I’ve never been sued, never had trouble getting paid, never had a complaint. I’m a little pissed now. How do you suggest I handle? Thanks!