The Serial Number on Your Furnace Identifies the Manufacture Date

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The Enlish Team is representing the buyer of a luxury home in North Fulton / Johns Creek neighborhod.  We made an offer on a corporate re-location listing and after the usual back and forth negotiations the offer was accepted.  So far so good.

I gave the buyers the contact information for several home inspectors who have recieved good reviews from previous clients.  The homebuyers elected to go with Marion Hodges.  Marion is a former home builder and also a licensed realtor, but his chief business is home inspections.

Marion did a thorough inspection of the home and came back with a rather glowing report about the condition of the home.  However, he did report one glaring error.

Even though the seller's disclosure reported the age of the funace as 11 years, in fact the furance was twice as old, 22 years. Because of age of the furnace, my clients (the potential purchasers) could expect to replace the furance within the next couple of years.  The age of the furnace made it obsolete.  

The home is in an area where there are a lot of corporate relocations.  In fact, the sellers are being relocated and are working with a corporate relocation company.  When they purchased they home the disclosure they received had an incorrect manufacture date for the furnace.  The sellers truly beleived the furnace to be 11 years old.  It is only the manufacturer's serial number that provides evidence the age of the furnace listed on the seller's disclosure is incorrect.  When the seller's wrote in the age of the furnace as 11 years old on the sellers disclosure statement, they did so in good faith.  The problem is...........they were wrong.

Had Marion Hodges not made an independent inspection and carefully recorded the serial numbers of the furnaces and other equipment, my home buyers could easily found themselves shelling out an additional $10,000.00 in he next year or two for a new furnace.  I don't care who you are, that kind of unexpected expense hurts.

Folks, hire a good home inspector.  It is an investment in your financial and emotional security.

Marion Hodges contact info


From the Marin Hodges Website:

Marion Hodges is a full time Atlanta home inspector serving metro Atlanta and has been featured on HGTV - My 
First Place.

My main area of focus is helping people make informed decisions about the home or condominium they are thinking of buying or selling. I take pride in giving each customer the best inspection possible because I want you to refer me to your friends for their home inspection.

You will have your full report the same day. Under no circumstances will the report go out the next day. I have established a reputation for providing my clients, the homebuyer, seller, or real estate professionals with comprehensive home inspection reports that are thorough, concise, easy to read and understand, and above all... informative.

When you hire me for your home inspection, you have hired an inspector who has over 30 years experience in the 
residential real estate market as a professional home builder, licensed real estate agent, and inspector working for 
ASHI Certified -Certification # 249055 - to verify search Marion Hodges at
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Successful passing of the National Home Inspectors Exam
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Digital pictures of every issue detected
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Todd Anderson
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I had no idea that you could get the age if a furnace from the serial #; although now that I think about it, it seems obvious.

Aug 16, 2011 02:22 AM #1
Sally English
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Hey Todd,

Yea,good info to know.

Aug 16, 2011 03:09 AM #2
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