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Barry Stone

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Aftermath of an “as-is” home purchase

Feb 25 2015 | 4:05 pm - Q: We just purchased a home “as is.” The previous owner signed a mold disclosure statement that says there is no known mold. After moving in, we found that one entire bathroom wall is rotted with mold, and the roof has mold as well.

Crazy buzzing in bathroom wall

Feb 18 2015 | 3:51 pm - Q. There is a buzzing sound in my bathroom wall, and it’s driving me crazy. I have tried turning off the electrical power at the main, turning off individual circuit breakers, and shutting off the water main, but the noise continues each...

FHA inspections vs. home inspections

Feb 11 2015 | 11:19 pm - Q. The home I’m buying just had an FHA inspection and the inspector said that everything is OK. This concerns me because I’ve noticed little cracks in the walls at the window corners. Aren’t FHA inspectors supposed to check...

Buyer confused about recent escrow

Feb 04 2015 | 3:56 pm - Q. I just bought a house and closed escrow on the 22nd of the month. That’s when my homeowners insurance took effect. The sellers wanted to close escrow earlier, so they closed on the 17th, and that’s when they canceled their...

Whirlpool tub isn’t meant to be shower

Jan 29 2015 | 10:46 am - Q. We just bought a remodeled older home. Our home inspector found no problems with the whirlpool tub and shower setup, but since moving in we are having problems with drainage around the tub rim.

Problems with wet insulation found during inspection

Jan 21 2015 | 2:31 pm - Q. I recently did a home inspection on a new house and found problems involving wet cellulose insulation in the walls. The insulation was installed about three months ago and the wall panels under the siding are now warped. In fact, the panels are...

Home inspector goes to small claims court

Jan 14 2015 | 2:40 pm - Q. I’ve been a home inspector for about two years, so I’m still learning. Unfortunately, I just learned a very hard lesson after doing a free walk-through inspection as a favor for a real estate agent who was buying a high-rise condo.

Specialists needed to identify, remove asbestos from attic

Jan 07 2015 | 12:26 pm - Q. I purchased my home about seven years ago, and my home inspector said nothing about asbestos in the attic. Recently, I decided to add more insulation and was told that the insulation I have is asbestos.

Unexpected moisture problem under house

Dec 23 2014 | 1:39 pm - Q. My house is built on a raised foundation and has a moisture problem under the floor. I first noticed this when the flooring began to warp and to change color.

Who is liable for undisclosed septic problem?

Dec 17 2014 | 1:32 pm - Q. Two days after we moved into our home, the septic system backed up into the tub and toilet. This was a big surprise because the septic had been inspected and approved by a septic contractor before the close of escrow.

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