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Home inspector overlooked faulty roofing

Aug 20 2014 | 10:59 am - Q. My house and all the others on the block have flat roofs, but mine is the only one with shingles. During the last storms, my roof leaked badly, causing interior damage, and the insurance company denied my claim because of shingles on a flat roof.

Handyman scams elderly homeowner

Aug 13 2014 | 2:22 pm - Q. I’m distressed about an unethical handyman who has been taking advantage of my elderly mother. She first called him because the nails in her roof were sticking up.

Do non-permitted additions add value to a home?

Aug 06 2014 | 3:08 pm - Q. Our home has a bedroom addition that was built without a permit. Now that we are selling, we want to know if the non-permitted addition adds value to the home, or will it not be considered when the property is appraised?

Badgered by belligerent bureaucrats

Jul 30 2014 | 3:30 pm - Q. I have owned my home for nearly two years and recently applied for a permit to build a swimming pool. That opened a can of worms with the building department. They discovered my septic system was installed 28 years ago without a permit.

Inspection gives added protection to owners with builders’ warranty

Jul 23 2014 | 2:32 pm - Q. I’m buying a new home and was planning to hire a home inspector before closing escrow. Two of my friends in a similar community advised me to save my money because the builder provides a new home warranty.

How to best insulate walls of an old house

Jul 16 2014 | 11:29 am - Q. We have an 80-year-old home with lathe and plaster on the inside walls. The house is hard to heat in the winter and becomes very hot in the summer, so we want to add insulation. What do you recommend?

Home inspector advised buyers not to buy

Jul 09 2014 | 3:46 pm - Q. The people who were buying our home canceled the deal on the advice of their home inspector. During the inspection, he found a crack in the foundation, which he blew entirely out of proportion.

Ask the House Detective: Home inspector says nothing about mold

Jun 27 2014 | 8:38 am - Q. When we bought our house, the home inspector included pictures of the foundation under the building. In one photo, there are black stains that look like mold, but nothing about mold was mentioned in the report. Why would a home inspector say...

Buyer says home inspectors are worthless

Jun 18 2014 | 3:06 pm - Q. Your articles often advise people to hire home inspectors. In my opinion, that is bad advice. I had an inspection and it was a total waste of money.

Homebuyers discover unpermitted addition

Jun 12 2014 | 1:52 pm - Q. When we bought our home, we knew that the bonus room was an addition, but the sellers never disclosed that it was not approved by the building department. Recently, we received a notice from the city that a permit for a bonus room was pulled and...

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