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Old 04-10-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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We sold our house in January so we could move into something bigger. We officially closed and moved into our new house 3 weeks ago. Before I begin with all the issues we have had so far I want to make it very clear that we did hire an inspector AND we paid extra for the pest control inspector as well. Our new home is 18 years old so we did expect to have a little work, but the list of things that our inspectors did not catch is growing daily.

1. The dryer vent was so clogged that it was taking me over 3 hours to dry a load of laundry (normally takes 60 minutes TOPS) When cleaned the guy found, among lots of lint, a BIRDS NEST!!!
2. MOLD in the A/C vents- I was suspicious of this (thought they were just trying to get more money out of me) until they opened a vent to vacuum it out while I was standing there.....yea, I could see the mold....ewe!!!!!
3. I was taking a bath last night in my new big whirlpool tub. I suddenly hear my husband screaming. The water was leaking straight through the floor into the downstairs bathroom. Someone came out to fix it today and discovered there was nothing connecting the pipe to the overflow thingy (yea, I'm a girl )
4. We have been smelling gas on and off in the kitchen since we moved in. We called TXU, they came out and immediately shut off the gas to the range. We have an 80% leak......way to catch that one Mr Inspector!
5. Let's just say we spent quite a bit of money to take care of all the whatevers are in our attic that have chewed though wires...


Many of the things mentioned I am almost positive the previous owners were aware of. When we looked at the ceiling where the water leaked through we can now tell that there was some sort of "cover up" so they could sell the house.

As far as our inspector, our realtor RAVED about him. He said when it comes to selling houses he never wants this guy coming out to see his clients homes, but for a buyer the guy rocks. Obviously. You would think he would have caught at least one of these things!

I will say that our realtor had the sellers buy us a 1 year home warranty with Old Republic. So far they have been great. Anyway, if you plan to buy a resale house make sure you get a warranty. Last night my husband was so upset by the daily finds that he was ready to sell the house. I gave him a beer, or 12, he went to sleep, and thank God we are working through this mess!!!!
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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Hire a lawyer and then go after that inspector!
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:22 PM
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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I would suggest contacting your realtor to let them know how things are going and advise them about the inspectors "oversights". Glad you got the warranty and they are covering stuff. Sometimes they have lots of loopholes to get out of repairs!
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:42 AM
 
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I will say that our realtor had the sellers buy us a 1 year home warranty with Old Republic. So far they have been great. Anyway, if you plan to buy a resale house make sure you get a warranty.
It is fairly standard practice for the sellers to do this. You are pretty lucky - of the home warranty companies, my personal opinion is that Old Republic is the best.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Yeah our home warranty is crap - American Home Shield. Our home before this one was a 22 yr old home - and that's exactly how we felt weeks after buying it. Things going wrong galore.... so, in my experience, which is definitely limited, it sounds like par for the course... if that makes you feel any better!

Also, when we first moved here, we had a brand new construction, never lived in rental... and we had this same problem...

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3. I was taking a bath last night in my new big whirlpool tub. I suddenly hear my husband screaming. The water was leaking straight through the floor into the downstairs bathroom. Someone came out to fix it today and discovered there was nothing connecting the pipe to the overflow thingy
so.... it happens with new homes too.

Home construction and upkeep just sucks nowadays!
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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We knew that we would have somethings to take care of because the house isn't brand new, it is 18 years old. The inspector actually informed us of a few things, and we were fine with that. My problem is these things we have been experiencing are pretty big. I understand the man is human, so after the first and even second incident I was fine. But when everyday something else is exposed I begin to wonder if the inspector did anything more then just walk through the house and stare. Did he actually open or test anything?
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Weren't you at the inspection?
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:12 AM
 
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We knew that we would have somethings to take care of because the house isn't brand new, it is 18 years old. The inspector actually informed us of a few things, and we were fine with that. My problem is these things we have been experiencing are pretty big. I understand the man is human, so after the first and even second incident I was fine. But when everyday something else is exposed I begin to wonder if the inspector did anything more then just walk through the house and stare. Did he actually open or test anything?
Ah..sounds like you weren't there looking over his shoulder when he did the inspection.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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Weren't you at the inspection?
Nope. We were told that he would go do the inspection and when he was done he would call us so we could come over and he could go over it with us. I am guessing now that this is not how it should have gone.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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We have purchased 3 houses and have been at all 3 inspections the whole time. Even though they are sometimes long and tedious. I would never not go though... I am too nosy and kinda controlling to not have my hands in it Seriously though, I also couldn't wait till later to hear... if there is bad, I want to know asap... plus, we always have questions....
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