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Old 03-11-2018, 06:31 AM
 
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Oh gosh, our house is for sale and initially we had a low ball offer. Then that guy came back and eventually brought up the offer to were we were ok with. But it was at the very top of his price range and we were a little nervous.
So he had the house inspected and the inspector recommended getting a structural engineer. Well, the buyer had someone come out and in his professional opinion, he did not recommend buying a house on the side of a hill. He blasted modern builders and said houses built in the past were more solid. But he gave no specifics and even had the address wrong on the letter. So the buyer bailed which was ok. Then we had a possible backup buyer but they are now waiting on an engineers report before even making an offer.

But now we need to get a structural engineer to certify that the house is ok. There are no cracks, no warping, doors all close without warping. The house is 20 years old.

We are located in Bridgeville. Can you imagine the stress we are under.

Thank you so much.

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Old 03-11-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:58 AM
 
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Sounds like BS to me. Were there any signs of settlement when you purchased?
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:00 AM
 
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Sounds like BS to me. Were there any signs of settlement when you purchased?
Not at all. We did have it inspected etc and there were no signs at all. Of course now I am paranoid and also looking at all other houses on hills ; most houses here in Pittsburgh are built on hills ; yes, ours is a little more than normal, but still.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...61279686_zpid/
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh(Mt Washington)
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Russ Kowalik from Three Rivers Inspection
I second this used him a few times, house slope reminds me of south side slopes.. at least the backyard flows away from the property but you do have a slope in the front

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Old 03-11-2018, 08:16 AM
 
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Home inspectors know how to mess up a real estate deal.
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Oh gosh, our house is for sale and initially we had a low ball offer. Then that guy came back and eventually brought up the offer to were we were ok with. But it was at the very top of his price range and we were a little nervous.
So he had the house inspected and the inspector recommended getting a structural engineer. Well, the buyer had someone come out and in his professional opinion, he did not recommend buying a house on the side of a hill. He blasted modern builders and said houses built in the past were more solid. But he gave no specifics and even had the address wrong on the letter. So the buyer bailed which was ok. Then we had a possible backup buyer but they are now waiting on an engineers report before even making an offer.

But now we need to get a structural engineer to certify that the house is ok. There are no cracks, no warping, doors all close without warping. The house is 20 years old.

We are located in Bridgeville. Can you imagine the stress we are under.

Thank you so much.
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Sounds like BS to me. Were there any signs of settlement when you purchased?
I agree with Copa. We've had these discussions before about old = better, etc and whatever one's opinion of the architecture, homes today, and 20 years ago, were built to better housing codes than old houses.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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There could be some honest caution in the middle of the grumbling. Remember, a few folks around Pittsburgh now find they own "air" instead of ground and the news the past few weeks was filled with such stories. Spend the extra money, get the report. That way you have it on file and can smack down any concerns from potential buyers.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:31 AM
 
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You can see what happened to this unfortunate lady a few weeks ago. It's not covered by insurance:

https://www.gofundme.com/bethbutlerfamily
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:18 PM
 
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You can see what happened to this unfortunate lady a few weeks ago. It's not covered by insurance:

https://www.gofundme.com/bethbutlerfamily
I agree ; I think cases like this have people wondering. I think this particular house was older though.
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