OMG, Whad did I get myself into?

We just bought a house in Graz, and I went to take a look at if for the first time since the owner moved out. When she lived there, it looked like we could move-in no problem but, yesterday, I got a little reality slap. She had mentioned she was moving to an apartment and may be leaving some things behind. At the last minute during price negotiations, they asked for 20,000E for “all” of her furniture – some pieces where nice mind you but we have our own we didn’t need all her stuff – we said no. So now, the first time that I get a look at the house they stripped everything. I mean, EVERYTHING. I was expecting the light fixures to go but she took all the carpeting off the stairs along with all the bars to hold it there – what the heck will she need that for in her new apartment?!? She also removed all the hardware to hold up curtains (wow, what a conicidence her new windows are the same number and size of our house, that’s a lot of windows for an apartment) and the walls are filled with holes and hundreds, hundreds of nails. Am I over-reacting in thinking that taking the carpet and curtain hardware is a bit extreme and petty or is this standard fare in Austria? Also, the place is a dirty, dusty, dump. Without all her paintings and carpets covering everything it needs more work than we thought.

We’re moving in next week.

The relocation specialist asked me, “Do you have a vacum cleaner?” I had to laugh…. I don’t need a vacum, I need a miracle!

Uuuuugh.

6 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 10:30 am

    lol!!!

    interestingly.. here in karachi, we dont the ‘furnished house’ concept much, so every place we move into is pretty much stripped down.

    This last house, before moving, we had to fill in over 500 holes in the wall (in a 2 story 3 bedroom house!!), get new carpetting n drapes… everything!

    it takes about 2 days to settle the bedrooms, it takes about 4 months to make it a home :S

    -mansoor
    Karachi Metblogs


  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Argh Now that’s sheeer pity … curtain fixtures too taken … lady was hard on you, man !!


  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    or maybe woman, elle :”)


  4. MB (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

    ahahhaha
    its hilarious….

    “She also removed all the hardware to hold up curtains (wow, what a conicidence her new windows are the same number and size of our house, that’s a lot of windows for an apartment) and the walls are filled with holes and hundreds, hundreds of nails “……….


  5. kane (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 6:47 am

    that’s standard – to take everything, even the stuff nailed down.


  6. Chris (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 7:50 am

    Elle,
    So my wife also tells me that’s standard operating procedure. Nothiing is left in the house. If the seller does leave something, even carpeting or curtain rods, the buyer can call the seller to have them taken away. Sounds like you weren’t counselled well enough by your agent. My sympathies.



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