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Come on! Take care of the problems!

Posted on May 30, 2012

In the last few weeks, I met with 3 past buyer clients and we reminisced about the great experience we had together finding the right home, and me helping them write a great offer, negotiating the inspection issues and finally closing on their homes.  With each of these buyers, we identified some issues during the home inspection that we used to negotiate a better price and/or seller concessions.

Siding - Client A's home has EIFS siding which is a synthetic form of stucco.  Our inspector noted some installation issues and I was able to negotiate a seller credit of $9,000 to repair the problems. Left untouched, siding in this condition will continue to deteriorate behind the surface and the rot will begin to destroy the structure.  When I asked my client about it, he had no recollection of the problem.  Sure, I resent him all of the reports with photos and the bids we received at the time but now we're 6 years down the road.

Carpeting in the bathroom - Client B's purchase included carpeting in the bathroom...even in the toilet room!  Yuck.  This is a simple fix, just pull out the carpet and put in a nice tile floor.  We got a seller credit to pay for the work, but it's still there 7 years later.  Now they're thinking about selling!

Water in the Crawlspace - Client C's home is on a slight slope and during the inspection we found that there was a small amount of water getting in under the home.  Left as-is, problems can develop with mold, pests and structural damage.  We negotiated thousands in seller credits to pay for the corrective work which was to dig a french drain around the perimeter and to remove and replace the vapor barrier.  3 years later, the buyers haven't done anything to correct the problem. 

Come on people!

 

Comment Posted on "Come on! Take care of the problems!"
1 fort worth home inspector
Posted December 2, 2012 7:06 PM

For the best home inspection, people trust the professional home inspectors always do your homework to ask the home inspectors proper questions to help you avoid making your home purchase your most costly mistake.

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