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I have recently bought a house and I had problem after problem with a variety of things. Seller Disclosure and not list the following report: The duct system in the attic had more leaks. One was a flap over 2 meters wide, which was wide open, but to support them by taking a piece of plywood and a brick was covered with the flap closed, although there are still a ton of cold air blew grenier.Il gave the entrance there is a second floor was off, but the area was not screwed in a façonLe dryer hose went to the attic and was a place where he can be omitted been isolated, but was left open in the grenierLes water pipes were a huge problem. We had three repairs during the months we have heard the house on the pipes alone. All valves are corroded and rusted, because the boiler is full of sediment. The installer, who would like to tell the sediments were conducted primarily on the rocks and was too big to escape. He mentioned that he also had problems with the valves and the deterioration tuyaux.Il are several other questions, but I could fix myself. Is that what I can do to help compensatedfor these problems. The previous owner is in danger, not to mention not to disclose problems the intention to hide the leaks in the pipes? What the inspector, he would have these questions? The only thing he said in reference to the questions that I listed is that the water heater seems to be over its useful life. What can I do? Thank you for reading, and I appreciate the help they can offer you.

5 Thoughts on Is the home inspector or owner responsible for any of these questions?
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    falsi fiable
    March 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Home inspectors are rarely liable. Read your contract carefully and you should find all sorts of exclusions.

    The buyer is almost always responsible for problems discovered after purchase, unless buyer can PROVE that the seller covered up the defects or should have known they existed and was required to disclose them under the law. Talk to your buyers agent for details. Good luck.

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    slxpluvs
    March 22, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Your rights vary by state. Most states give you a year to call the previous owner, not the inspector, on non-disclosed problems. You have to be able to pprove they would have known about the problem. A plumbing pproblem, for example, can turn up after sale. You need a plumber to certify (in a letter?) that the problem would have been known forr many year AND give his reasons why. Who enforces this also varies by region, but is likely the courts.

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    acermill
    March 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Your chances of any financial recovery are extremely low. You would need to prove that the former owner was aware of any issues and failed to disclose such issues. Developing such proof is extremely difficult.

    Your home inspector is only required to analyze the proper working condition of such issues as plumbing and water heaters. It is not his purview to take apart such components and inspect their interior conditions.

    Understand, as well, that your faucets are NOT corroded due to the water heater. Such corrosion occurs simply due to the condition of the water which is supplied to the premises. Hard water can rapidly cause this situation.

    I understand your frustration. However, an inspection is not any sort of guarantee against the issues you currently face. Sorry.

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    the kid
    March 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

    duct work – no
    attic entry – no
    dryer vent – no
    water – no

    You are responisble for fixing your own home.

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    loanmasterone
    March 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    You would have to know that the owners willing lied to you about what they knew about the property prior to selling the property to you.

    As far as the inspector go, their contracts have so many sieves in them they normally can not and will not hold any water what so ever, therefore they would not have any liability. You might check the inspection report as to what was inspected and the knowledge of the particular problems.

    Water is very difficult to prove. If the water heater worked for 2-5 years with no problems and break the following month after you purchase that might be a situation you would have to deal with.

    The water pipes might fall in the same category. Most home owners don’t know the extent of a broken pipe unless there is visual sighting of water above the ground. If a leak persist the water bill might go up slowly and not be noticed by the former home owners.

    How long did the former homeowners reside in the property and their age would go along way with what they knew or remembered about possible damage and other things about the house.

    Did you obtain a home warranty insurance policy or was on provided to you by the former owners. Normally these policies would be obtained by the seller prior to closing for the very reason that things might arise that the seller was not aware of.

    These basic policies would cover water heaters, pipes, appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, central air and heating.

    The normal cost for these policies would be between $ 350.00 to about $ 450.00 or higher with a few extras that are not covered by the basic policy.

    I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

    “FIGHT ON”

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