Ritual Confessions

January 24, 2008

Another delightful surprise

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 5:44 am

This morning, Charlotte woke us up at 5:30. She sounded especially distressed. When we reached her, the reason for this became clear: her face and hands were ice cold. We cover her with a blanket when we put her to bed, but she always kicks it off. Usually her room is warm enough that it doesn’t matter. But this morning, her room was very cold, as if it hadn’t received any heat for several hours. Soon afterward we realized that the rest of the house hadn’t either.

At first we thought the boiler wasn’t working, but in time it became apparent that our store of oil was completely depleted. When we agreed upon a price for this house, we were explicitly told that the owner was leaving us a full tank of oil. The realtor told us that this represented a $1700 value, and it was one of the main reasons we ultimately agreed to pay several thousand dollars above our bid.

The former owner, a truly nice man who came right over to help us get the oil replenished by the end of the day, was bewildered to learn we’d been promised a full tank. “When our realtor listed the house, the tank was full, and I told her we’d be leaving the oil,” he said. “But that was several months ago, and I guess we used it all.”

We’ll need to find our paperwork (which is somewhere within one of our many sealed boxes), where I know the oil was listed as one of the owner’s concessions. I suspect, though, that it states only that we would be getting what was in the tank, without specifying a gallon or dollar amount. I don’t know what recourse, if any, we’ll have here, but it’s very upsetting. We feel cheated out of nearly $2000.



  1. Don’t worry — Mollie and I have been on the phone, and you will be reimbursed for the oil expense. I don’t blame you for feeling cheated, but seeking recourse isn’t something you’ll have to worry about. Just send the receipt over, and all will be well.

    That listing agent is a total asshole, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. *sigh*

    Comment by David — January 24, 2008 @ 6:58 am

  2. Goodness, David, you know much more than I do about this! That’s a complete relief — thanks so much for filling me in.

    Comment by elissakaren — January 24, 2008 @ 7:16 am

  3. Not a problem. I’m curious as to what happened with the pipe in the bathroom — did you find out what caused the leak?

    Comment by davidrochester — January 24, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

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