We are a young married couple with a young toddler who just finally
purchased their first home. We do not close on this house until May
31st. We put in an offer contignent on the fact that the realtor who
currently owns the house fixes the floor in the main bathroom. We had
the house inspected and everything looked good except for this floor
Around the tub there is some water damage. I noticed it when we
visited the home around a second time before we made our offer. The
laminate was bubbled up some. When you pushed on the laminate - it
sunk. You could tell the floor has experience some deterioration.
While the vast majority of the floor is in good condition, you can
inspect the exact problem and area from the basement. You can see the
water damage which come through all the way to the basement ceiling.
This is why we are needing help. We inspected the house today and the
man who fixed teh floor only replaced the first layer of the floor in
the bathroom and put down new laminate. From above, it looks good.
However, when you go to the basement and look at the spot - I expected
to see a new board or patch repair there too. He did not replace the
very bottom board (basement ceiling). SHouldn't this repair have been
done all the way through to the studs? Or is this a typical repair and
will it be safe for the next 15+ years.
We are unsure what caused the damage. It doesn't look like a current
leak - pretty old so we assume they got it fixed just never repaired
the floor. Can't tell if it was a leak or just water from the bathtub
while shower, etc. They did have kids. But we will never know the
source of what caused it.
What is acceptable? Our offer is contignent on the fact that we are
"satisfied"/ I am just sick about this.
The bottom layer has rot in it. It is not a huge section but especiall
the areas around the pipes/etc. The wood is definitely rotten and you
could stick a pen in the basement ceiling and break some pieces off.
I don't know if this makes any sense! I have tired to explain this the
best I can but hubby nor I are just learning the ropes of home repair.
We don't want to get ripped off and accept a half hearted job. It is
this a satisfactory repair or should have the whole floor all the way
to the studs been replaced to get rid of ALL evidence of rot? Is some
rot ok if it is on the bottom layer?
Your opinions and guidance are so appreciated!
Look forward to some responses!
1st Time Buyers in Michigan