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“Nitpicky” Fits Me Swimmingly

On the last day of this week’s pool-themed blog-cation, I’m repeating a June 2010 posting:

When clients were 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

·         I added "the pool and" to the clause in the contract that stated that "the roof will be free of leaks."

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 wished “nitpicky” was the worst thing I’d ever be called by a potential adversary. I’d rather be sneered at during negotiations than face the (understandable) 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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