Not caught by inspector


Good news: The house had a SECRET ROOM! Bad news: It was full of moldy garbage.
Other things missed by the inspector: * The countertop was not a countertop....it was floor tiling * Shower had a hole in the wall, hidden by shampoo bottles * Koi ponds only two feet deep instead of six. * Asbestos abounds.
And more http://consumerist.com/2010/06/man-discovers-secret-room-in-his-new-home-secretly-filled-with-moldy-garbage.html
Getting so a dollar doesn't buy what it used to.
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Interesting. A lot of what the buyers are bitching about isn't nearly as bad as they make it sound, nor is much of it the home inspectors fault. Should a home inspector be expected to find a hidden sub- basement room purposely concealed beneath a trap door? Certainly the fact that it was full of moldy garbage is a valid issue for which the sellers are responsible.
A lot of the rest of the carping is just that. Like the fact that the bottom was cut out of a cabinet to allow a fridge to fit in. Or that the kitchen countertop consisted of floor tiles. Clearly that wasn't hidden from anyone and if the buyer was OK with how it looks, I doubt there is any code violation.
Even the asbestos tile thing is overblown. Certainly the inspector is negligent in not spotting it. But unless this is some place with codes different than the norm, it isn't a code violation.
Bottom line, they got the place at what they thought was a good price, they had eyes and given the description of the place, I'm sure it didn't present like a perfect gem. A lot of the claimed excuses, like they couldn't see a patch job in a shower because it was hidden by shampoo bottles would have been found on a proper walk through the day of closing, which is the buyer's responsibility.
If they seperate out the legitimate from the nonsensical, they probably could take the seller and home inspector to small claims court.
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