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I accepted a purchase offer on my home and the buyers waived an inspection!! I have since found something, a piece of broken chimney tile (for oil burner venting) at the bottom of the chimney. I would like to take care of this, by bringing in a chimney person to see about a liner. I dont know how safe, or unsafe, the house is with a broken tile or tiles. Do I have to ask for permission from the buyer to make the repair, or can I just do it? I am guessing it will be about a $1500 repair. I dont want to do anything to jeopardize the sale, seeing I have a house purchase attached to it, but wouldnt feel comfortable not taking care of this.

Can I do it, and then tell them? Or do I have to ask permission to do it?
Posts: 2 | Registered: Mar 05, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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What does this have to do with Selling NY??? Come on, put your comment in the right topic.
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Well....if you look at the date, you willsee this is my FIRST POST and since I am selling in New York, this is where I posted it.

Thanks for the welcome to the forum....go get a cup of coffee and an attitude fix.
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Since the buyers waived the inspection, I would be very hesitant to make any additional repairs. What if something occurred to cause even more damage to the chimney.
Have you discussed this with your real estate agent? Seems they would have a vested interest in having the sale go through without complications. They may be a good source of advice here.
Posts: 9681 | Location: Plains & Mountains | Registered: Jun 08, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I would say the house is still yours and you are still responsible for any defects you find.

For example, if your sink overflowed and caused damage to floor you would repair it. As a seller I would feel like you and want to repair the chimney.
Posts: 7307 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I would fix it. A cracked liner can be very dangerous.

Welcome to the boards. ;-)

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