A good-neighbor policy only goes so far – Orange County Register

Congratulations on selling your house!

And good for you for finding a convenient rental in the same neighborhood while your new house is being built. Everything is falling into place at just the right time.

Then, Amazon delivers your packages to your old address. Luckily, you’re on friendly terms with the buyers, and they call to let you know about your packages. Since you’re still in the same neighborhood, they just leave them on the porch for you to come by and pick up.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy — although terribly annoying and something you have to work out with Amazon. Free delivery is only wonderfully convenient if they deliver to the correct address.

Next, the buyers call you with a “quick question” about the GFCI. The outlet is tripped in the kitchen, and they can’t figure out how to re-set it. You take a message, wait for your husband to get home, and then call the buyers back with an explanation. All is right with the world at your old house again.

Fast forward several weeks. You arrive at your former neighbors’ annual Christmas party, and low and behold, the buyers are now best buddies with all their new neighbors and they are at the party as well.

You have a moment of fear and trepidation as you anticipate the next question they are going to ask you about your former home, like “The toilet downstairs is overflowing. Is that normal?”  Or, “There’s a mysterious stain on the carpet on the stairs. Was that always there?” Or, “Is there a trick to getting the diverter in the tub to actually send a decent flow of water to the shower head?”

But you definitely draw the line when your neighbor (not your buyers) calls to ask about their low-voltage lighting because he heard your husband helped the former owner of their house install their low-voltage lights in the backyard and they’ve stopped working.

I firmly believe that the statute of limitations on that sort of friendly neighbor support has expired. You have no obligation to…

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