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Does Your Prospective Home Have Building Defects? 90% Do.

Jul 25, 2008
If you've bought a new home, congratulations. However, it may have defects you're not aware of. These defects can remain hidden for some time, and they might not be obvious to the naked eye or to someone simply walking into your home. However, these defects shouldn't be ruled out and can manifest themselves now or later. You should keep an eye out for these types of defects, because left unchecked; they can ruin your home whether it's new or well used. It's not just about poorly placed windows or poor spackle, either.

The First Case:

A homebuyer has trusted the wrong homebuilder, a family friend. He buys a home his family loves. For six years, there are no problems, and this is well past the deadline to get any difficulties fixed under warranty. However, once the city builds a bypass, the true flaws are revealed. The next heavy rain reveals poor drainage, which makes the basement flood. However, it's not just water, but sticky mud four feet high that causes the problem. A drainage culvert to the side of the house also collapses in the washout, with parts of the lawn simply sliding as one tries to walk on or mow them. At the bottom of the yard, lush grass has become a marsh, and a beautiful vegetable garden is ruined.

This catastrophic pair of defects - a poorly-sealed basement and bad drainage in the home's lot and lee area - took a quarter-million dollar home's value down by about a third, after the cleanup. Though some of the problems have been addressed, the home has seen subsequent floods over the last decade, and the walk out basement is now more an average storage basement, eliminating nearly half the home's living space. Worse, many of the family heirlooms and keepsakes have been destroyed in the floods, irreplaceable treasures gone forever.

Case Two:

Someone has bought a home, a so-called "handyman's special." Because he's pretty handy, he knows a bit about home structure, and he has also worked in construction. He likes building and renovation. He sees a roof that has some leaking, a house that needs a new paint job, and some broken bricks around the bottom of the home. Of course, these things are relatively minor and easily fixed by someone so handy. After he signs his contract, though, he finds the real problem. The house's foundation is cracked, caused by poor settling. The south end of the home is settling faster than the north end is. Jacks have helped hide this problem and level the floors, but he can't repair this himself. To repair this problem will cost him more than he originally paid for the home.

These and hundreds of other hidden problems may exist in that lovely home you've been considering, new or old. Even if you know about homes, even if your best friend is the builder, there is always the possibility that any home has serious building flaws.

In fact, 90% of homes have flaws that are serious enough to cost you as many as tens of thousands of dollars in renovations or repair. A small minority of these homes has flaws that are serious enough to make the only really fiscally feasible solution a razing of the home altogether, and then rebuilding.

Before you purchase a home, always hire a building inspector. These professionals have worked for decades in construction, and have seen it all. They also know where to go to check credentials on land quality, future zoning issues, and the home's history. Building inspectors know who to trust and who to avoid as well, and know what corners the shadier contractors cut - corners that might surprise you.

Before you buy your home, hire an independent building inspector to inspect it for you (and don't go through your realtor, either). This will be easily the best money you spend in the process to get your new home.
About the Author
About the author: Darren K. Thompson gives expert tips on how to protect your assets from building defects and structural problems. Visit the "PinkInspections" website for more details on building inspections and thourough pest, building and strata reports.
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