Well It SEEMED Like A Good Idea At The Time.....

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You know how sometimes something SEEMS like a good idea.....right up until the time when you realize it might NOT have been so good?  Recently I saw how homeowners who installed a cat door in the door between their house and garage discovered how true this can be. 

They had loved the convenience of having that cat door so they could locate the cat's litter box and food on a bench in the garage.  So nice to have it out of the house and out of reach of the dog (who liked to steal the cat's food and dig in the litter with equal delight).  And the cat was very happy to have a quiet hangout where she could escape the small children who were SURE she would like to be picked up and hauled around...

Then comes time to sell the house.  And the buyers were actually NOT so crazy about having that cat door.  Their inspector pointed out that the cat door basically compromised the fire rated quality of the door - plus they just didn't like the looks of it.  So they requested that the door be replaced.  And the sellers agreed - how hard could it be?

 

 

Door

Hmmmm - well, harder than you might think!  Several trips to Lowes and Home Depot made it obvious that the doors readily in stock were not ones that would fit.  OK... time to call the contractor buddies and see if they can adjust one so it will work.  Hmmmmm - still not so easy - the ones they could find have hinges and doorknob that don't line up with the existing ones.  And the door jamb itself is not a standard size....  So some MAJOR retrofitting would be needed.

OK - Plan B.  Contractors special order one from a local door making company - whew, only a 2 day wait for it to come in.  Then they go to work creating the places for the hinges to attach ( yes, those probably have a name, but I sure don't know it!), and boring the opening for the doorknob.  And voila!  New door installed.  And  perfect match for all the other doors!  Success!  Hooray for having contractor friends!

 

 

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Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Olympia,The Buyers request of replacing the door sounded like a reasonable, but oh my, I can see, especially in an older home, why it wasn't so easy to accomplish.  In a great deal of my transactions, in situations similar to this, we offer money in exchange of replacement.  It is less expensive all the way around!

Jun 24, 2013 06:01 AM #1
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Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

What a perfect match, nicely done.

Jun 24, 2013 06:15 AM #2
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Hi Bet - yes, often buyers are just as happy with a monetary credit instead.  In this particular case, they really wanted to have everything done so they could just move in with no remaining issues to deal with.  And the surprising (to me) part is that this was not an old house - built in 2006 - so everyone figured a replacement door would be really, really easy to find!

Jun 24, 2013 06:29 AM #3
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

It did turn out perfectly Kathy!  The contractors really know their stuff and do excellent work!

Jun 24, 2013 06:30 AM #4
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great point, Nancy! There a LOTS of homes in our area that are a hodgepodge of good ideas that are now a seller's nightmare. Sometimes there really are good ideas that the buyer just doesn't find practical or attractive.
I'm glad this one worked out so well!  
Thanks for sharing,
Bruce

 

Jun 24, 2013 07:34 AM #5
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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I recently sold a house that had a doggy door to the garage. Same issue. This one was an easy fix as a stock door fit.

The seller bought a door that fit and the buyer painted it to match.

Jun 24, 2013 07:48 AM #6
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Wow!  Maybe next home those sellers will not be so quick to install a cat door.  That's a lot of effort to get rid of it and replace the door to make buyers happy.

Jun 24, 2013 08:36 AM #7
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Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

It is always nice to know the right people for the right job.

Jun 24, 2013 12:03 PM #8
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Thanks Bruce - and you are right about seeing lots of things that a seller THINKS is a good idea....and sometimes it just really isn't!

Jun 25, 2013 04:30 AM #9
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
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Hi John - yes, the sellers thought it would be that easy for them too - luckily all's well that ends well!

Jun 25, 2013 04:31 AM #10
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
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Chris Ann - the irony is that those sellers DID already put a cat door in at the house they moved to! 

Jun 25, 2013 04:32 AM #11
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
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That it is Kathy!  These particular contractors do a lot of work for clients of mine and are absolute treasures!!

Jun 25, 2013 04:32 AM #12
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