So you are buying an Oakland County home and you are doing a home inspection. You have noticed some water in the basement running out from behind the finished walls. How do you determine what is going on behind the wall? It is tough to know whether the wall is cracked, or has major structural damage. How long has the wall been leaking, or is the wall full of mold?
You call in a basement wall repair man and he says let’s take down the finished wall, and we will be able to see what is going on behind the wall. Whoa……………..You can’t do that. You don’t own the house. You don’t have the right to damage a house you don’t own. What happens you take down the wall and decide not to buy it. Do you think the owner is going to be happy that you damaged their home. I think you would be sued for the damage. The real estate agent, the inspector, and the real estate company would all be sued for the damages. You can not take apart or damage any home you are inspecting.
So the bottom line is that you can not damage or take apart anything in the house in order to expect.
So here are your choices:
- Hire an experience contractor to explain the situation, possible costs, and your choices.
- Request the seller to remove the finished wall, verify the issues, and correct the problem.
- Ask for enough money to solve the problem
- Ask for mold test
- Buy the house as is
- Decide not to buy the house because you can not determine the extent of the problem
Do not take apart or damage a house otherwise you will be paying for a house you don’t home. If you have to pay thousands of dollars for repairs in a home you don’t own you may not have enough for a down payment on another home. Plus you could lose your earnest money deposit.
So whether you are buying Farmington Hills real estate or Novi real estate knowing what you can and can’t do in an Metro Detroit home inspection is important.
I hope this helped.
Russ Ravary your Oakland County Real estate specialist
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