Thursday, November 18, 2004

What's behind the curtain? (or under the cloth?)

Ready for another home inspection surprise?






A punctured cook top was hiding underneath the neat display of pots and pans. Again, as in the previous post, this defect wasn't disclosed because the seller was renting the house out to a tenant who hadn't yet informed the seller of the problem.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Things aren't always as they seem!

Think you don't need a home inspection? Here's an example of something you might miss when you view your prospective new home with the real estate agent:





Yes, that is a hole in the tub/shower surround, which was hidden behind the towel in the first picture. Because we make a point of running the shower in every home we inspect and because we were considerate enough to remove the towel so it wouldn't get wet, we were able to uncover this defect that had not been disclosed by the seller. For the record, the seller claims that they were unaware of the defect because the home had been rented to a tenant.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

What if the home inspection report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.

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