Spazmogen wrote:Get a home inspection before you spend a dime on a place.
Yes it may cost a few hundred, but buying a lemon will cost a lot more than that !
I totally agree, though depending on your state/provincial laws, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to be a home inspector. Just about anyone can do this job as long as you can pass a couple of tests.
My grandmother is in the preliminary stages of filing a lawsuit becasue the "inspector" (and I use that term very loosely) missed sheetrock damage in the ceiling due to a leaky roof, missed some obvious code violations, and worst of all, he missed the fact that the basement leaked water, a mistake that cost her almost 30 grand to have fixed. She had to have a French drain system put in because the leakage was so bad.
The douchebag that sold the house never disclosed (a blatant violation of the law in NJ) the fact that this was an issue, but since he was selling the house because he was declaring bankruptcy, she can't get anything from him. Turns out, after speaking with the neighbor, this house has had drainage issues since it was built 15 years ago. There are no more issues now, except that it cost her an extra $36 grand (roof & drainage system) immediately after having to overpay for a house because of this freakin' overinflated market.
She now has to go after the "inspector", her lawyer spoke to his insurance company, who were not very happy to find out that he never let them know that he was sent a letter by the lawyer stating that these issues were passed over and not caught, and that she expected to be reimbursed for these problems.