making chicken pen area "plantable"

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by sccr410, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. sccr410

    sccr410 New Egg

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    We had a 10x12 pen for our chickens at our house which we sold at the end of October. We live in Colorado by the way. When we sold the house one of the conditions was we were to take down the fencing/pen and make the soil "plantable". I took down the fence and took a shovel and simply turned all the dirt over.

    Unfortunately the new owners are contesting that we did not meet the "plantable" requirement.

    What am I missing here? By the time they can plant in the spring the poop in the soil should be broken down making the dirt ripe for planting.
     
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  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Did you ask them what they mean by ''plantable''? Do they want to plant a garden there? Or do they want to plant grass? What exactly are they complaining about?
     
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  3. sccr410

    sccr410 New Egg

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    We went off what was outlined in the contract: "rework the soil so the area is good for planting". Knowing the area and that it gets shade almost all day except a couple hours midday from sun direct over top, it would not support a vegetable garden well. It also is not a good place for grass so just some bushes, other similar plants or a small tree would work.
     
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  4. sccr410

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    Also, we had only 5 chickens
     
  5. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Let it go, you did what you could, they had the opportunity to inspect before closing and I am guessing it was not an issue then. There only recourse is to sue you, and they would have to prove damages. I would just tell them sorry the deal is done. Real estate broker in California here


    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
     
  6. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    And PS, welcome to BYC!!!

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
     
  7. sccr410

    sccr410 New Egg

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    Unfortunately it is not up to me to let it go. i do want to get some confirmation that what was done was plenty sufficient.
     
  8. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Did the buyers do a final walk through at closing and sign off?

    If they did a walk through and did not bring it up before closing it is a non issue. I'd tell them to pound sand.

    They accepted it by closing

    Good luck
     
  9. sccr410

    sccr410 New Egg

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    Thank you for the information, but let's jut say there are already lawyers involved. I am simply looking for confirmation or if I am mistaken on what needed to be done to meet the contract requirements from people who have gardening knowledge in this area.
     
  10. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, Lawyers involved? My RE lawyer is $425 an hour I would send a gardener to till and plant bushes or marijuana or whatever they want before hiring him for something like this. 10x12 area... Of all the things I have had go wrong in a RE transaction this is about the most minor thing I have heard of. Lawyers are the only ones to make out in a case like this. Good luck.

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
     

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