Post # 1
So me and my husband put in an offer on a house that we love. I am CONCERNED about whether it is going to pass inspection, though. Of course we put in that it is contingent on inspection.
On her disclosures the homeowner put that there was water intrusion in 2009 in the NW part of the basement, and this was fixed with gravel and regraded. Great I’m glad she disclosed that.
However on one of our visits, I was just walking around the basement taking tons of pictures and not really looking at what I was shooting, just pointing and clicking. My flash randomly worked on some pictures and not others. Later on I was going through my pics and I saw this lovely one:
Ignore the random board in the picture. What is THAT red crap? I can’t tell if is mostly just shadows and red coloring from my crappy camera skills or if that is something to be concerned about. More water damage (different part of the basement)? This was behind a pile of couches and crap that she had sort of blocking access to that wall I am wondering if she was trying to hide it. Obviously any home inspector worth 2 cents would move the couch so maybe not.
This a short sale so it’s not likely there will be any repairs made.
It’s a problem because I know rule #1 DO NOT BECOME ATTACHED TO THE HOUSE but it’s hard. I love the neighborhood, I love the first and second floors, I love the backyard. It would kiiiiill me if the basement is a dealbreaker. Obviously we have to wait for it to be inspected to know for sure. But what do you think? Any bees knowledgeable on basements?
Post # 3
I would hire an inspector who specializes in basements if there was a water intrusion. I run far away from mold in finished basements just because it can mean tearing out all of the finishedness and starting over if the mold is under the drywall. I can’t tell.. well.. anything from your photo. If the house has been regraded, that’s great. However, if the damage is already done, you’ll have to weigh the cost of mold remediation against your offer. Again, your inspector can tell you approximately the extent of the damage and how much it costs to repair. I’m faint at heart when it comes to mold due to my allergies/asthma. Basement mold is typically black and spotty looking, like it was sponge painted on.
Post # 4
Wait for the inspection. Point it out and ask questions about it. Ask that they specifically get up close/poke/prod/whatever they have to do to check it out. Only then can you make an informed decision.
If you are still concerned about it after the inspection report, ask a trusted family member or friend to review it with you. Even if they aren’t the most handy of people, if they’ve had the work done or know someone who has, their opinions might be valuable.
Post # 5
Where I’m located, inspectors can only inspect what they can see– as in they aren’t allowed to move furniture to look behind it. Check with the inspector you hire.
Post # 6
Honestly, that’s a really bad quality pic so it’s hard to tell. I agree with ColeandAmyT that they might not move furniture but I would check with them and point it out. It’s best if there isn’t anything in the home so they can see the walls and flooring.
Post # 7
@CEtoSAHM: Really? That seems utterly stupud. So if I’m selling my house and I have mold all over the basement floor, I can just put a carpet down! Or if I have cracks in the walls.. I’ll put up a painting!
I used 2 different inspectors on 2 different properties. Both were running all taps, toilets, laundry, testing every outlet.. and that meant moving some couches.
Post # 8
@MrsBroccoli: My thoughts exactly. When I had my condo inspected the inspector moved furniture as well.
Post # 9
I actually live in a floodplain and have a creek at the back of the property. When we looked at the house, there was almost 4 inches of water on the basement floor – despite a sump pump. To be fair, last year we had the most rain since the flood of 1972!
When we threatened to not buy, the sellers knocked 16K off the home price and we bought it. We spent a couple hundred dollars dry-locking the walls, sealing the basement windows, adding window well covers etc. The basement is now dry. It was worth it, but because we did the work ourselves.
Post # 10
I can’t tell anything from the picture you posted (and don’t see any red in it). But I would wait until the inspector does his job before getting too concerned. Find out what he has to say and then you can make an informed decision from there.
Post # 11
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When you wrote your offer, did your inspection addendum state that you would schedule the inspection upon the seller’s or the bank’s acceptance of the contract? If you set it to be scheduled upon thrid party approval of the contract, you may want see if the seller would be open to you revising your inspection addendum to allow for inspection upon seller’s acceptance of the contract. that way you can get the inspection done quickly and make your decision now, rather than wait months for the third party approval and only then find out that you don’t like the inspection results and want to walk away from the deal. Just a thought.