(Closed) Home Inspection with No Water

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

1. Pay the inspector the full amount

2. Ask your realtor what happens if there is something seriously wrong and it costs you a lot of money to repair. Will they write you a check? I say this because:

I would NEVER, EVER ask a client to just remove conditions/sign off on something without them being 100% comfortable with it. In the end the liability is mine if there were any issues with the house (I am going on the assumption that you have similar laws there). If I’m fully aware that an incomplete inspection was done and encourage you to sign anyway, well that’s just not the best client care. I always make sure that a client is fully aware and that I have disclosed everything. In this situation if you in fact were ok with everything I would actually add a clause to the contract that basically says you’re aware of the situation but don’t hold me liable.

Post # 4
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

You can ask them to have the water turned on and the seller cover the bill for the completion of the inspection. We had to have the fireplace professionally cleaned before the inspector could look at it and it was definately at the expense of the seller.

Post # 5
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Interesting, we are now under contract for selling a home that is vacant ( water turned off) and in the contract one of the requirements was for the water to be turned on for the inspection!

I would contact the owner and get the water turned on and schedule another inspection for the water/drainage etc. To me I would rather know 100 %, but at the end of the day its up to you!


Post # 8
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@aliavenue:  I’m not sure how it’s done where you are but typically for the home inspection here it’s the same inspector who does it all. They usually just run a bunch of taps to check for leaks and drainage, flush toilets etc. I mean in the end it’s something you could do yourself but it depends on how comfortable you are with checking for problems!

I would even ask your realtor to pay for the second inspection. He/She was there when it took place and should have known better! Personally, I would just have offered to pay for another inspection if I forgot to make sure the water would be turned on for the inspection.

@ieatunicorns:  Great suggestion.

Post # 9
1777 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My realtor had “all utilities turned on during inspection” in the contract.  I am so glad she did.  They turned the water on with no one there.  My inspector arrived to a massive water leak in the second floor bathroom that went all the way down to the basement, causing $40,000 worth of damage.  The bank was only willing to do a $1000 bandaid.  I got out of the contract.

Post # 10
13101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ieatunicorns:  “You can ask them to have the water turned on and the seller cover the bill for the completion of the inspection.”

I agree.  It is the sellers responsibility (at least it was when I bought recently) to ensure that all utilities are turned on prior to the inspection.  If they failed in that responsibility, completing the new inspection should be at their expense.

Post # 12
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Why were you not there for the inspection? And why was your realtor giving you such crappy advice? If I were you, I’d be worried. Your realtor has just proven that he/she does not have your best interest at heart. You will need to be 100% on top of things from now on.

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