The Importance of Home Inspections
I've been selling dozens upon dozens of homes over the years all across SW Ohio and have ran across many reputable lenders and home inspectors. As a professional buyer's agent, I do my best to assist my clients' with finding the right homes, lenders and home inspection companies to work with, among other things.
In order to avoid any legal ramifications for "steering" I have composed a list (that I am always updating or revising) of lenders and home inspection companies. I send this list to my clients and encourage them to do their own investigations of who they would like to work with.
One of the recent additions to the list of home inspection companies is Slab to Slate Home Inspections. Chad Shultz is the owner and has already helped some of my clients with their home inspections.
Chad is a "go-getter" and his professionalism, responsiveness to inquiries and returning phone calls in a timely manner, etc., has already been winning him over by my clients that have homes under contract.
Slab to Slate Home Inspections is based in northern Kentucky, but he also works across southwestern Ohio. They can be reached at 859-445-4211 or 513-445-9705
It seems that at least one home security company has been using “window sensor” plugs with the installation of their systems. In this case, it was Brink’s home security. If you should happen to have a security system in your current home or the one that you are buying, you should pay very close attention to the window sills.
The home that my client has under contract to buy has a Brinks security system that contains the window security sensor plugs. When Chad performed the home inspection, he discovered that several of the plugs were damaged and had been leaking rainwater into the drywall beneath the windows, even into the basement.
The homeowner, although very distraught and dismayed and without much choice agreed to have the situation remedied. She hired a contractor to remove the drywall underneath every window in the home and they discovered a lot of water damage and what appears to be black mold. (test results not in yet)I prepared the post-inspection agreement and sent it to the listing agent who then presented the findings to the homeowner. The listing agent has been in the business almost 20 years and he said that he’d never seen anything like it. Nor have I for that matter.
The seller immediately contacted Brinks Home Security and of course they have denied any liability in this matter. Personally, if it were me, I’d be calling an attorney.
The repairs to the home are going to be well over $10,000 (final figures are not in yet) The contractor stated that he would not warrant repairs to the drilled holes in the window sills and the only feasible way to solve the problem is to replace every window in the home.
Please feel free to share this story with everyone that you know. I’m sure there are several thousand homes across the country with similar issues and the majority of the people are not even aware of them.
It pays to work with professional Realtors, such as myself in addition to having access to quality lenders and home inspection companies. This also brings up the question, how many people are buying "for sale by owner" homes without having professional representation are going to be sorry later when learning of such horrific situations that may have been discovered during the home buying process by the professionals?
Thank you again, Slab to Slate Home Inspections for doing an awesome job for my clients!
I’m hoping that plenty of folks read and share this story and become more aware as a result of it.