Post # 1
We found out today that the house that we are in the process of buying had an electrical fire (mostly smoke damage) in 2011. The sellers claim that since they fixed everything that they did not have to disclose it. We have already been through inspection and found only minor things. My husband and I are fine with it, if everything was replaced by licensed contractors. The amount in damages is more than we are paying for the home. They say that they put every penny back into the house. We are requesting all documents that backup the fire claims/repairs. Any suggestions/concerns bees?
Post # 3
@kgh_isu12: you could test the house for residuals, toxins that are left. They do similar texts for meth houses. I’m not sure if I would be overly concerned even if work wasn’t done by a licensed contractor. If anything was major you’d want to see if they pulled permits for the work.
Post # 4
I’d probably do another inspection specifically looking at what was damaged and how it was repaired, just to be safe. It isn’t that much to spend for piece of mind and to make ure you don’t come across an unplesent (and potentially expensive) surprise later.
Post # 5
when i think fire, I think Water to put it out, I think water damage/mold and all that. i dont know much about smoke damage, but if they check the beams and drywall and stubs that were near the fire (cut a small hole in the wall and look to see if they are structurely sound?).. Sometimes a structural engineer is a good idea, but only if the problem is exposed.. So maybe inspector and if they are suspicious, maybe remove small pieces? you can repair them with stick on patches and spackling later 🙂
Post # 6
I’d walk. Not worth it, IMO. Too many other houses out there!
Post # 7
If it was an electrical fire did they rewire the entire house?
Honestly, I don’t know. I’d be suspicious of anything else they have to say now since a fire is a pretty big thing that they didn’t disclose. (Is that even legal to not disclose there was a fire?)
If you still love the house and want it, definitely get a second opinion from a master electrician, and even then proceed with caution. As other PPs have mentioned there’s possibly also moisture damage and structural concerns.