In Wisconsin it is not unusual in older homes with cement block basements, to have the walls "become uneven" or more technically "out of plumb." The freezing and warming of the ground..expanding and contracting over time is the cause of this issue. Homeowners are often unaware of this condition ...that requires a lell...not an every day measurement homeowners take in the maintenance of their homes.
We have worked with a foundation specialist that does outstanding work and is one of the most reasonably priced "least alarming" contractors. Unlike some others he does not recommend immediate excavation...very often...no excavation...the placement of steel beams vertically is often the remedy.
A recent inspection found some out of plumb walls and dampness that the inspector recommended be evaluated. The amendment to the Sellers asked to have a foundation specialist check on this situation. And....the grumbling began....the listing agent complaining about the costs..."I am not having my clients sign a blank check," she cried.
We offered the contact information of our expert...with positive reviews on every site imaginable. OH NO......The Seller says that's "dishonest" ...we are pushing "our contractor". Say What ? He apparently didn't like our spirit of contribution and how sad to have such a suspicous and accusatory attitude about someone he doesn't know in an area in which he is apparently unfamiliar.
The listing agent reports Mr. Seller will find his OWN contractor...that's just fine....Sign the amendment giving the Buyer the comfort of knowing the issue will be structurally resolved by professionals. Mr. Seller will never know that he may have gotten a better price...a different warranty...and now has fanned the fire of discontent between him and the Buyer...sigh.
Play nice in this sand/concrete box...you got a great price....Ms Listing Agent...tell your Sellers to get on with the transaction and forget throwing mud at a contractor with a sterling reputation in an industry you don't know. If we had a Seller who came from the "I will figure it out myself" school...rather than leave a rude impression...we would have just told the selling agent and the contractor we were having the issue evaluated. Being silent about your Sellers complaints is often the best way to continue the transaction with some harmony.
This has been a professional suggestion post from Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, LLC.