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On new construction the trusses were broken to make room for a late installation of air conditioning and heating.
Fred Griffin, on leave...
An attic full of mold in one home (successfully mitigated and our buyers are there still), and structural bowing in basement wall (buyers walked away on that one).
Fred Griffin, on leave...
Sewer not connected is not as bad as serious termite infestation! The windows were falling out!
Carol -- mine is similar to yours. Property was in an area that not yet entirely on sewers but it in the mls and in the seller disclosures it was stated connected to sewers. Inspection reveals a septic system that hadn't been pumped(obviously) and was causing significant damage.
A cracked slab - $80-100K to fix because of shifting ground, etc.
Off-grade house, the subfloor was completely rotten under both bathrooms. In order to repair it, the tiled tub/showers would have to be removed, the commodes and vanities would have to be removed, etc. About $35K worth of work on a house worth less than $200K.
The worst one was not detected.
But, like you, the remodeled bath simply drained beneath the house.
The worst? House water line connected to reclaimed water. For YEARS! Yep, the purple pipe was connected to the white pipe.
Just think of ALL the people that failed, from beginning to end, to do their job.
Of course a home inspector does not excavate to make such a determination. A community gathering at the house is what started to investigation. "Why does your water stink?"
Flees in home I was showing. I went home and took a shower.
Roots from a hundreds of year old tree were shoving the basement wall inward.
I use to list a ton of REOs. I will still list them when I have time. The last one I listed had skunks living under the house. I've seen so much. I can't even begin to write about it.
Horizontal crack in the basement wall. It was actually heaving but you couldn't notice it.
Another one where the sump pump sent out the water & it gushed right back in from the crack in the foundation. It was actually funny but sad that the seller 'never noticed it before'.
wow...I can't imagine topping your defect.... that's unbelievable....
Yes, saw that one before, We don't have termites so I have seen most everything else. Mold is the worst
A settling foundation that resulted in some huge cracks. (Hidden by the sellers.)
It's always been something strucural or mold-related.
Rarely saw any major defects in commercial real estate...If anything we had to review, they were title and easement issues, that sometimes needed additional surveys and clarifications. We mostly dealt with quality individuals...A
Carol Williams One that caused a lot of problems was a high concentration of lead in the water. The property was on well water and it turned out the pump in the well was leaching lead into the water. The cause was lead solder joints on the pump. Danger was the owners did not know this and had little children. The fix for the buyer was to replace the pump and install a whole house water filtration system.
The buyer was doing an FHA loan and they required testing the well prior to closing. Everything worked out and to my knowledge everyone is still healthy.
A sunroom attachment that was about to fall off the house.
Sewer is baaad. I have actually heard of that before. My worst would be serious foundation issues. Everything else has been fixable.
Bad termite problem
Knowing that everything is fixable is important when buying investment properties.
100% of the interior wood support had to be replaced due to termite damage. You could see through the studs, riddled with holes!
I have heard sewer lines were not connected, but never seen this personally. One home I showed had such structural problems, every bedroom had cracks horizontally on every wall.