I have put up my home for sale in San Diego and part of the process is
that we have the home inspected and reported to the buyers. The house
is only four years old! My wife and I got a nice little jolt when we
read the following:
....the edges of the roofing paper do not extend beyond the eves. This
condition can cause deterioration of the eves and roof sheathing. It
is recommended that a licsenced roofing contractor be contacted for
inspection of the roof and for upgrade recommendations.
This may throw a wrench into closing the escrow. What do all you
think? The roof is cement tile.
NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) Manual shows several
kinds of tile roofing.
Most, on quick inspection, show metal edge flashing.
The idea of draping roofing paper over the edge may be a local
I would have a contractor provide an estimate for the retrofit and
offer to either have it done or reduce the selling price. I would pay
the contractor a fee that would be applied to the cost if he does the
Standard bull shit from an know nothing home inspector. Call you realtor
and have them recommend an roofing contractor. Ask for an inspection and
written report. File it with the rest of the crap you have to fill out and
make sure that the realtor has a copy to forward to prospective buyers.
I just went through the same shit on my old house. The new owners wanted 8
tar shingles repaired per the home inspection report. I said sure mark em
and I will have them replaced. End of conversation. They could not get the
inspector to locate the shingles. Nor could he explain which ones were bad.
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<< edges of the roofing paper do not extend beyond the eves. This condition
can cause deterioration of the eves and roof sheathing. It is recommended that
a licsenced roofing contractor be contacted >>
If this is a true copy of the report, then the so-called building inspector,
IMO, comes across as a semi-literate hack. Find another building inspector and
insist on verifiable credentials. Too many of these leaches are simply buying
diplomas in a largely unregulated activity. A $10 course on a CD and a $50 city
license are not any guarantee of competence. Be careful, choose wisely and good
Wow the San Diego market must have really changed in the last month or
so (I think it has). Last fall the usually drill was that the buyer
paid for the inspection. Actually I'm a bit surprised that you, the
seller, got the inspection anyway. I mean wouldn't the buyer want to
pick out the inspector independently?
It guess it depends how bad you want to sell and they want to buy. You
don't have to fix every little thing about your house before you sell.
A. Give the seller an allowance to have it fixed
B. Fix it and document that it is fixed
C. Disclose it and do nothing.
I agree. As a buyer, I would definitely want to pick the inspector.
But, as I understand it, some sellers have it inspected so as to be
able to give prospective buyers a copy of the report to put them at
ease. I think this is more prevalent in areas with hot markets, where
multiple offers come in quickly. If the seller gets an offer that
accepts the seller's inspection report, they won't have an inspection
contigency and that offer has a better chance of being the winner.
Personally, I would never trust the seller's inspection report.
When we bought this place we paid for an inspection that found cracks
in the furnace heat exchanger. The seller's inspector disputed the
report so our inspector met theirs, showed him the cracks and got an
agreement that the furnace was unsafe.
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