Murphy’s Law of Home Buying

You know how when you live in an apartment and something goes wrong (i.e. faucet leaks, toilet clogs, window breaks), you can call the landlord and they will (in theory) come and fix it?  It won’t be right away necessarily, and they may not be happy about it, but the important part is that, eventually,  (a) it gets resolved, and (more significantly) (b) they pay for it.  Yeah, that’s not how it works when you own a home.I already knew that, of course.  This is actually the second home we have purchased.  Within a week of purchasing our first home, the refrigerator had stopped working, the garbage disposal died, and the garage door broke its chain and dropped about two feet, narrowly avoiding additional calamities.  We had no home warranty, didn’t even know what a home warranty was or what it was for.  So we were just out of pocket those several hundred dollars to get things back up and running.

But time went by, and we sold that house, and were buying this house, and in negotiations, our realtor told us to try to get the sellers to agree to a home warranty.  The house was nice, and we were getting a good deal, so we didn’t want to press our luck.  But he insisted, so we insisted, and luckily, we got it.

We moved in Friday and Saturday.  Everything was nice (well, everything other than the moving mayhem previously addressed).  The previous owners took great care of the home, and everything seemed in good working order.

Until yesterday, when the air conditioner stopped working.  In Missouri.  In the summer.  Thankfully, it is a little bit later in the year, and things have cooled off a tad (mid to high 80s/low 90s).  Mercifully, we have a working attic fan (you don’t realize until you are in these situations how crucial that can be).

But I am not upset or even disappointed.  Certainly not surprised.  When you go from renting to buying, and something like this happens, even if just within a few days of moving in, all you can say is “of course.”

We called the home warranty company and they said “well, we’ll come look at it, but if we can establish that the problem existed before you moved in, we are not fixing it.”  First of all, we were moving in Friday and Saturday and it was close to a hundred degrees outside.  If it hadn’t been working then, you better believe we would have called sooner.  Second, how are you going to “establish” that?  Third, of course you are going to say that; heaven forbid anyone ever use their home warranty to actually get something fixed.  And last, but certainly not least, you are dealing with an overheated attorney/aspiring cage fighter here.  Go ahead and try not fixing it.  I dare you.  See how that works out.

I used to think Murphy’s Law came from “Murphy Brown” (give me a break, looking back to when that show was first popular, you can probably get a pretty good guesstimate of how old I was at the time).  The actual origin of the principle  is really rather interesting.

Murphy’s Law of Moving: things are going to break, early and often, and you have to pay for it.  C’est la vie!

2 thoughts on “Murphy’s Law of Home Buying

  1. Spoke too soon. 103 degrees (not factoring in humidity). It is sweltering. Leaving the air-conditioned office is like walking into a wall of overheated pea soup. Ugh! I’m sure my family is melting at home. And the repair guy won’t be out until tomorrow some time, whereupon he best be fixing my air conditioner, OR ELSE!!! Sorry family!

  2. 95 degrees in my house when I got home last night. AC guy came out today. $1100 to fix, may take as much as a week. Maybe I’m glad we still have the apartment for the rest of this month. It’s only mildly funny because we have the warranty. Get the warranty, people! Worth its weight in GOLD!

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