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Home inspector no-nos

Sellers face disclosure dilemma after erroneous report
Published on Nov 17, 2009

DEAR BARRY: Our home is listed for sale. We accepted an offer a few weeks ago, but the buyers canceled the deal after the home inspection. The home inspector reported numerous problems with the foundation and structure. We immediately hired a licensed structural engineer who determined that the foundation and structure are sound and that the home inspection report was inaccurate. So now we have a disclosure problem for future buyers. There are two conflicting reports, and both must be disclosed. What should we do? --Kim DEAR KIM: Home inspectors should not draw conclusions about the structural integrity of foundations. Instead, they should point out specific foundation defects that are visible and recommend further evaluation by a licensed structural engineer.Here are a few common examples: A home inspector could say, "Large cracks are visible in the foundation stemwall"; or "Gaps between the foundation and the sill plate indicate possible building settleme...

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