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Just Call Me “Nitpicky”

I have clients buying a house with an inground pool.  I made additions to the customary contract clauses provided by the sellers’ attorney, as following:

In the clause that states the house will be delivered in “broom clean condition,” I added that the pool will be cleaned as well;

In the clause that states that the plumbing, heating etc. will be “delivered in working order” at closing, I amended it so that the pool equipment would be working, too; and

Where the contract states that the roof will “be free of leaks,” I inserted “and pool.”

The attorney for the seller called me, semi-laughing.  “I’ll give you the modifications--no problem.  But boy, are you nitpicky.”

I told him that I wish “nitpicky” is the worst thing I’ll ever be called by a potential adversary, and that I’d rather be sneered at during negotiations than face the wrath of a client who moves into a house at the height of summer and finds a festering swamp where a pool used to be.

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