We just looked at a bunch of houses for
sale in western North Carolina. One of
the houses was very nice on very nice
property. One problem, there was a
musty smell in the area of the 2
bedrooms. On further checking, the
basement under the bedrooms also had the
same smell. The house did not have
central heat or AC. The heat was
provided by electric baseboard units and
fireplaces. If we were to bid on this
property and subsequently buy it, we
would add central heat and AC. My
question, how does one proceed with the
musty smell problem. Do I hire a home
inspector to check it out? Or do I hire
a water sealing company to check it? Or
what? Any suggestion would be greatly
Actually, I've never been impressed by
home inspectors, but I must admit,
I've only had one or two experiences as
I have owned one home for 35
years. But, getting the "emotional"
attachment out of the decision process,
is important. Also, getting a
"restoration" company is also a good plan.
Thanks for the info.
I've always gotten my money's worth from inspectors. Every time I hired
one, he found things that I didn't. I then negotiated with the seller to
repair the problem or adjust the sales price. The value has always been
multiples of the inspector's fee.
I ask the inspector to be very picky, then present the official report
to the seller listing the 100 or so things that are wrong with the
house. I ignore the piddly things to show what a nice guy I am, and ask
the seller to replace things that are important, don't meet code, or are
just expensive. The seller has always been accomodating.
You can also rely on the inspector's insurance in case he misses
One other thing I'd be concerned about is
damage from long-term excessive moisture,
which would be a major contributor to the
fragrance you describe. Could be from above,
from below, all of the above, but I'd seek the
source(s) and assess structural damage first.
One thing more ... the home inspectors I've
seen are well-intentioned hacks, missing
obvious probs I pointed out. Conflict of interest
thing: they don't want to disturb brokers who
might give future referrals. Meaning: find
inspector on your own, or ask broker for
referrals (to NOT call.)
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