Notepad on Life

July 10, 2013

Lawyers ask all the wrong questions

Filed under: business — - @ 9:00 am
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Great Old House

Great Old House (Photo credit: santanartist)

All those questions the buyer’s solicitor raises when a house is being sold.

Page after page. Drains, boundary disputes, troublesome neighbours. Yet nowhere in all that interrogation do they ask about the good stuff.

“Please confirm that there is a creak in one of the stairs so unfailing  that it will eventually acquire a soothing, reassuring tone, as if it were the heartbeat of the house.”

“Please advise how often  the buyer will stop in the hallway at the height of summer and marvel anew at how 19th century houses stay so cool at their core, even on the hottest days of the year.”

“Please confirm how many times a year our clients are likely to sit in the garden, feel the day’s heat subside gently around them, enjoy scent from the flowers, music and laughter from a barbecue five doors away and come to the conclusion that these moments alone are pretty much worth the entire purchase price of the property.”

But then maybe it’s more fun that we discover these things for ourselves.

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