We have some friends who purchased a house in one of our most Northern States. Before purchasing and within the Home Inspection Contingency, they employed a Home Inspector. The Inspector found a fairly substantial water leak over the garage. It was the result of a frozen pipe. A fair amount of drywall was damaged. In fact, a note worth considering is this was the beginning of January, close to the middle of winter.
Our friends asked the seller to fix the broken pipes and concluded the work had been done because the Drywall was replaced. They were wrong. The water was turned off all winter and when they turned it on in the spring, water went everywhere. Even the neighbor saw water coming down the outside of the garage from the attic where the pipes were located. The new drywall was ruined and the new homeowners had a bill of several hundreds of dollars to repair the damage.
Question: Could this new damage have been avoided?
One more Question: How could this have been avoided?
A simple receipt from the seller by a Licensed Plumber and given to the purchaser, would have confirmed the job was successfully completed. Additionally, the purchasers could have also asked for the one item to be re-inspected and it would have been worth the few extra dollars to do so. Now the new homeowners are wondering if the new drywall was nothing but a cover for a job that was never properly repaired in the first place.
Pay Attention If You Are Buying A Home:
The above, true story, is one more reason why you and every home purchaser must have seasoned representation throughout the home buying process and in fact, all the way to the closing table. A Real Estate Professional would have asked for the receipt and strongly suggested a follow up inspection by a Qualified Home Inspector.
It’s true - A Receipt and a Follow up Inspection Would Have Fixed This Problem