After we closed on our house, we couldn’t wait to go see it. Our apartment was small and noisy, and we wanted to move as soon as possible. As soon as we walked in, we found out that the dining room was flooded.
The house had been “winterized” while it was vacant. Basically, someone turned off the utilities and drained the hot water heater. We had to pay to have it dewinterized before it could be inspected. A few days later it was winterized again.
The bank insisted that the house be winterized to avoid damage in case any pipes froze. They also insisted the utilities be transferred into our name before closing. Unfortunately, the people who winterized the house the second time didn’t close the valve on the hot water heater after they drained it.
So, when the water was turned on earlier that day, it went straight through the hot water heater and out onto the floor. Luckily the guy from the city noticed that the meter was spinning and turned the water off after a few minutes, but the damage was already done.
We spent the first evening in our new house soaking up water with every towel we owned. The next day, Paige called a company that pulled up the carpet, treated the walls, and setup fans. A few days later they replaced the carpet pad and put the carpet back down.
The bill for their services was about $800. We talked to our agent and he talked to the bank’s agent. The bank did nothing. Our agent talked to a lawyer. The lawyer said we should sue the bank, the company that winterized the house, and even the city.
Guess what we did?
Nothing. That’s right, nothing. We paid the bill and went on with our lives. To me enjoying our new house was a lot more important than $800. Suing everyone involved would only make the lawyers rich, and it would take months to resolve. It just wasn’t worth it.
I had honestly forgotten all about this until I wrote the post about us moving the other day. I think too many people spend so much time focusing on the bad things that they miss the great things that are happening all around them.
I believe that you can choose your attitude, and I choose to be happy every chance I get.