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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2014

I bought 2 rain barrels,but neither is for me. they are gifts. Can they still be installed by anderson lawn and gar

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Sounds like this was some sort of a Deal - in which case you would have to contact Anderson about terms - but if in your service area, I can't imagine they would care if installing at your place or at someone else's you gifted it to. However, for arranging the work and time and such the property owner should be the one dealing with them - but you have to make clear to Anderson's that your involvement is limited to the Deal purchase and that amount only.

Gifting a service or home improvement is really, in general, a BAD idea - you do not really know if the person wants it or might want something different or nothing like it, you get into legal issues on who bought the gift versus who actually owns the property, it is unclear if you are on the hook if the recipient does something that changes the price, once it is installed the property owner is on the hook for any liens or issues with the contractor, problems dealing with the contractor, etc. If you want to give someone a home improvement gift, just give them a check for it and let them buy it and set it up themselves - simpler all around.

I ran into one case - very unusual to be sure, but a daughter decided to build a cabin at the family lakefront lot because her parents were getting old for camping out. This was a remote mountain property which they used in the spring/summer - she got the architect and contractor on board, got electricity run in about 5 miles, had the construction done at added expense (because of the snow clearing needed to keep the road and work site open) in the late fall/winter as an anniversary surprise for her parents. But, come spring when they went on their first spring family outing at the lake, on the drive up to the property the parents got to talking about all the good times they had camping out at the lake but that they were getting old for sleeping on the ground in sleeping bags, and that as part of their estate planning they had decided to gift the property (which totally surrounded the lake) to a youth organization as a campground, and they had just signed the paperwork that week so this would be the last trip to the property. Presto - about $800,000 in improvements the daughter had paid for down the drain, because the property transfer of course included any improvements on it. I did not get in on the end of the story and did not want to - but you can imagine the family discord THAT caused - especially as I suspect the daughter (only child) fully expected to inherit the new cabin with property herself eventually down the road.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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