A Receipt and a Follow Up Inspection Would Have Fixed This Problem

Real Estate Agent with Classic Realty Realtor

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?

Answer:  "Yes!"

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


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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

My home inspection repair requests have the requirement for a receipt to be provided from a licensed contractor or if it is plumbing or electrical a licensed professional in those fields.

Jun 21, 2012 06:23 AM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

You are absolutely correct, this could have been avoided. I would requested receipts for anything like this. As a seller, they should have been offered.

Jun 21, 2012 09:34 PM #2
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Great advice and one that should be followed for anyone doing the repairs from a home inspection.

Jun 21, 2012 10:10 PM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

A Receipt and a Follow Up Inspection Would Have Fixed This Problem!  Yes sir you are right.  Saves headaches in the long run for all involved.

Jun 22, 2012 12:06 AM #4
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Great business tips in this post David - appreciate the content

Jun 22, 2012 12:49 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, David, for sharing this story.  It always a good idea to pay close attention to the details.  Requiring the use of a licensed plumber and a re-inspection are necessary safeguards.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.


Jun 22, 2012 01:32 AM #6
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Cindy, Joe, John, Will and Roy....... Thanks for taking a moment to stop by, read and share some comments today about getting the receipt and a re-inspection. This is a true story that everyone needs to learn from. Enjoy a great weekend!

Jun 22, 2012 02:11 AM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, your advice would have saved them thousands of dollars, and a very good idea to get receipts for any job done by a licensed professional!

Jun 22, 2012 06:20 AM #8
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