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Old 09-14-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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I bought my house 5 years ago. Its an older home. I bought from the owner BUT hired my agent who was initially helping me look for a home to help me out with paper work. (being a single woman I was afraid to do the transcation alone) The inspection was all set up, homeoweners , agent and inspector were here when I arrived and the inspection was in process.
The roof was 9 years old at the time of sale.The house , roof and all passed inspection. From the beginning we had water problems in one room. The owner told us before the sale that he had problems with the window wells, if we didnt keep them clean they filled with water. Wec always kept them clean. Last year I started having alot of water seep into my basement. We tore out walls looking for the leaks and found none. We couldnt tell where the water was coming from so we turned to looking at the roof and gutters. We called a roofer out, they told us that the roof was a BAD installl, that it looked like a weekend pizza and beer job. I had three roofers tell me the same thing. They said insurance wouldnt cover it because it wasnt damaged just installed wrong. The boots were not selled, the vents were upside down, the shingles were cut off at the edge of the roof, with no extra over hang and there ar spaces in the shingles.
I need to know what if anything i can do. The roofers all say that it shouldnt have passed inspection. Its 5 years later but how was I to know this was a shoddy job since my inspector said it was a good 50 yr roof.
Now I have more leakage in another room and half my basement carpet is shot . i am worried about the mold issue..and its going to be 9k to replace the entire roof,
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:49 PM
 
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You could take the inspector to small claims court. Not sure though. I would just call come lawyers and see what can be done.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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I am having the same issue with a bad inspection. Mine is in the foundation. What was the resolution of your issue. If you have found one yet?
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:41 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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I'd certainly consult with someone and find out how much time you have to pursue legal action against the inspector. Get what you just told us in writing about the roof. If the faults are that obvious, one would think the inspector, who was paid to do a job, shouldn't have missed those things.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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To anyone searching for help with a bad home inspection, unless you have and endless supply of cash to hand over to an attorney and years to spend fighting, you are s o l. Within 12 hours of closing I started finding severe problems with my home and with in a week started finding the severe structural problems. These problems consist of severe mold, rotten floors and supports, rotten framing and sill plates, broken roof trusses, a rotten leaking roof, a bad foundation, duct work that was sagging, disconnected and full of mold from flooding and a "new' septic system the previous owners had put in that was not installed properly. The previous owners failed to disclose all the problems, and I received a severely negligent home inspection. All the laws that are in place that are supposed to protect us mean nothing. I have filed complaints, gone to every government agency, consumer advocate group, contacted attorneys all over the state of Missouri, contacted local news stations and larger ones: CNN, FOX, Headline News, with no results. Some freak can see Jesus in a Cheeto and make national headlines, but a house that should have been torn down instead of being sold as a safe home gets nothing. I mass emailed everyone in the Missouri and U.S Senate begging for help and all I received were automated responses. When I immediately told the bank of the problems all I got from them was "I'm so sorry this happened to you." In my complaint to the B.B.B., the home inspector said that he spoke with the loan officer at the bank (he would never return my calls) and that she had told him that I applied for a $40K remodel loan but was denied because of credit. First, I never gave her permission to talk to a home inspector about my finances, second, I never applied for such a loan and when I told her to produce that loan application with my signature, she of course could not do it and she laughed about the whole situation. Freddie Mac sent out their own people to look at the house and they were given the details of all the problems along with the costs of repair, (more that what was paid for the house). They were willing to let me sell the house for as low as $40k to anyone off the street, but would not modify the loan to that amount for me. The most they are willing to "maybe" do, is lengthen the time of my loan and "maybe" lower the interest rate. This was my first home, bought on good credit and within my means. I did everything I was supposed to and I paid for people to do their jobs to make sure I was protected in this purchase and they failed miserably. My 5 year old grandson and I live in a house that is unfit for rats to live in. All I can say to anyone looking for some kind of help is good luck. There is not one law that actually protects the home buyer or offers us any recourse, unless, you pay for that protection through attorneys in the courts.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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I bought a house that after only living there a year... Had termite damage 8 ft. into the floor joyces, nothing was disclosed, but after having another termite inspector come out she could see where they appoxied over the termite tracks (or whatever you call them) same inspector fell through my bay window and when she pulled her arm out was covered with termites, only recourse we had was to sue the owner and termite company that they hired, which could take YEARS, while the termites ate my house I couldn't get it fixed. To have someone come in and fix it, everything included would have cost 32,000.00.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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These stories just STEAM me up. I thought we had terrible problems just because our sellers never disclosed a leak in the chimney that resulted in our having to have it torn down to the frame, rebuilt and the flashing installed properly. That took almost a whole year to diagnose and fix (including moldy drywall in the master bedroom). But now it's fixed and the house is sound. Still, I cringe when I hear about the shoddy workmanship and the failure of sellers to disclose. Real estate agents aren't much help either, because they can claim ignorance. As far as I'm concerned, they are selling a product, and they should know that product!

We moved from Chicago, where it is mandatory that all buyers and sellers are represented by a real estate attorney. The cost is less than $300, but the value of having one is WELL worth it.

If we move from this place, we will insist (!!!) that a construction person of our choosing accompany any home inspector. We might even assemble a small group of trusted contractors we now work with: an HVAC company, a plumber, an electrician and the owner of the company that rebuilt our chimney. I would happily pay whatever they charged for doing an honest and thorough inspection. We don't have foundation problems, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a reputable foundation specialist in to see the place, either.

No one will ever sue us when we sell this house. We know it like the back of our hands and we will provide a FULL and HONEST description of any problems and what we did to resolve them.

By the way, we bought from sellers who were financially strapped, just declared bankruptcy -- something no one told us. They were also facing foreclosure. This should be a red flag to buyers. People who can't afford the mortgage can't afford to have repairs professionally done.

To KCFROMKC, I would raise hell with the building department in your county, for ever letting that roof pass. From your description, everything was wrong with it from the beginning. We also learned that our county (JoCo, KS) will provide a list of the contractors who worked on the house, as well as a record of any and all permits that were pulled. So let's say you have a new deck on the home you're buying. Check to see if a permit was pulled, and it it wasn't, you can assume it's a job that wasn't done properly. Same goes for a home with a new roof or anything else requiring a permit.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City, Missouri
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To anyone searching for help with a bad home inspection, unless you have and endless supply of cash to hand over to an attorney and years to spend fighting, you are s o l. Within 12 hours of closing I started finding severe problems with my home and with in a week started finding the severe structural problems. These problems consist of severe mold, rotten floors and supports, rotten framing and sill plates, broken roof trusses, a rotten leaking roof, a bad foundation, duct work that was sagging, disconnected and full of mold from flooding and a "new' septic system the previous owners had put in that was not installed properly. The previous owners failed to disclose all the problems, and I received a severely negligent home inspection. All the laws that are in place that are supposed to protect us mean nothing. I have filed complaints, gone to every government agency, consumer advocate group, contacted attorneys all over the state of Missouri, contacted local news stations and larger ones: CNN, FOX, Headline News, with no results. Some freak can see Jesus in a Cheeto and make national headlines, but a house that should have been torn down instead of being sold as a safe home gets nothing. I mass emailed everyone in the Missouri and U.S Senate begging for help and all I received were automated responses. When I immediately told the bank of the problems all I got from them was "I'm so sorry this happened to you." In my complaint to the B.B.B., the home inspector said that he spoke with the loan officer at the bank (he would never return my calls) and that she had told him that I applied for a $40K remodel loan but was denied because of credit. First, I never gave her permission to talk to a home inspector about my finances, second, I never applied for such a loan and when I told her to produce that loan application with my signature, she of course could not do it and she laughed about the whole situation. Freddie Mac sent out their own people to look at the house and they were given the details of all the problems along with the costs of repair, (more that what was paid for the house). They were willing to let me sell the house for as low as $40k to anyone off the street, but would not modify the loan to that amount for me. The most they are willing to "maybe" do, is lengthen the time of my loan and "maybe" lower the interest rate. This was my first home, bought on good credit and within my means. I did everything I was supposed to and I paid for people to do their jobs to make sure I was protected in this purchase and they failed miserably. My 5 year old grandson and I live in a house that is unfit for rats to live in. All I can say to anyone looking for some kind of help is good luck. There is not one law that actually protects the home buyer or offers us any recourse, unless, you pay for that protection through attorneys in the courts.
Did you research your inspector or did you just go with a Realtor's recommendation? How much was the cost of the inspection? Did the so called inspector belong to any home inspection organization? If so I can help yoou file a complaint, contact me at [EMAIL="jbraun@mo.nachi.org"]jbraun@mo.nachi.org[/EMAIL]
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:15 PM
 
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a home inspector came to look at a home that i wanted to buy.he told me that the old gas heater would not pass inspection,outside the house needed to be painted where it was peeling,and the roof need to be inspected by a roofer cause it looked like it was coming up a bit.that was all he stated in his inspection.so all that was taking care of.i now move in the home and realize that plumbing problems wasnt ever checked cause the tub drains on the ground and old pipes are so stoped up that water wont come out.so i have changed water pipe to have water.but needs more worked done.and also the wash machine drains in the back yard stright out of a pipe......and i am sure that it might be more problems with drain under the house,just its so wet under the house i cant crawl everywhere.and a new gas line was run for the road to the house.but not connected to the house from there..so how did he check for gas leaks?after i hooked that up//i had leaks.what should i do to this inspector and who should i contact frist?laywer-bank-realitor.incase i cant find this site for any stupid reason..please email me at barbarothegreat@yahoo.com..thanks alot
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:05 PM
 
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and also the wash machine drains in the back yard stright out of a pipe......


Sounds like you have major (and expensive) problems.
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