Experience can be a double edged sword. On the one hand, being able to draw on it can go along to helping us maintain our composure and solve problems more easily, having been in the situation before,maybe numerous times. On the other hand, it can also cause complacency. How many times have you read the clauses and conditions in offers on your listings without really scrutinizing each word and sentence for accuracy and completeness? Maybe you only read the first few words of an inspection condition because “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all”? If you do that you may be obligating your seller to replace or repair anything the buyer wants the seller to replace or repair – even the common elements!- -at the seller’s expense.

As another example, by not taking the time to be thorough, you may not notice that the chattels and fixtures warranty clause is missing the words, “…but shall apply only to the state of the property at completion.” That oversight could make your seller responsible for the condition of the appliances and other chattels and fixtures forever and all time. (Please call me if you would like clarification about what that clause actually means.)

I could cause you to scroll wwwaaaayyyyy down the page with a list of all the things that could go wrong by being complacent. Taking the time to carefully scrutinize all wording, clauses, conditions and timelines now will save you time and aggravation later on. Of course, the same holds true for writing offers, which we are often under a time constraint to do.

Doing the job right will serve your client, and by extension you, much better than doing the job fast.