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  • A room without a closet can still be called a bedroom Jan 31, 2014 12:13 AM
    Q. Our house was built in 1970. We are about to put it on the market, but one of our bedrooms has no closet. According to our Realtor, a room without a closet cannot be advertised as a bedroom.

     
  • Gas service is vital during home inspection Jan 24, 2014 12:02 AM
    Q. We are buying a foreclosed home from a bank, and the home inspection is scheduled for next week. Our Realtor says the bank is not willing to turn on the gas for the inspection, and she seems to think we should accept this refusal. Is it really OK to do a home inspection without gas service?

     
  • How many electrical outlets in a bedroom Jan 17, 2014 12:50 AM
    Q. What are the requirements for electrical outlets in a bedroom? We are renting a two-bedroom apartment, and the second bedroom (11-by-13 feet) has only one outlet in the entire room.

     
  • Faulty information printed in real estate listing Jan 3, 2014 12:25 AM
    Q. We plan to sell our home and just discovered that it was misrepresented when we bought it three years ago. The listing on the Realtor’s website inflated the lot size by more than 10 percent. We contacted the listing agent to ask about these issues. She said the listing clearly states at the bottom that the Realtor is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on the listing. Do we have any recourse?

     
  • Sellers afraid to disclose unpermitted addition Dec 19, 2013 10:07 AM
    Q. Six years ago, we enlarged our house without a building permit. The addition was built by a qualified contractor, but we knew that didn’t make it legal. Now we are planning to list our house for sale, but we are afraid to tell the Realtors about the illegal addition. How can we do this without stirring up trouble and without costing a fortune?

     
  • Home inspector takes questionable position Dec 13, 2013 1:00 AM
    Q. My home is in escrow, and the deal is about to fall apart because of the buyers’ home inspector. The dispute involves four issues in the furnace closet. The inspector says he can be hired to make the repairs. He has put fear in the buyers, and they are about to cancel the deal. What do you think I should do?

     
  • Fraudulent home inspector revealed Dec 6, 2013 12:52 AM
    Q.My home inspection included environmental tests for radon, mold, and water analysis. No problems were reported. Recently, I contacted the laboratories whose names were on the inspection report. All of these companies sent letters stating they have no records of performing tests for my address.

     
  • Seller worried about ungrounded outlets Nov 29, 2013 12:27 AM
    Q. Our home was built in 1971. When we bought the home, it had two-prong outlets. A family member changed these to three-prong outlets so that we could plug in our appliances, but we found out there are no ground wires in the outlet boxes.Do you think we’ll have to rewire the house to provide grounding?

     
  • Who should pay for home inspector’s damage? Nov 22, 2013 12:11 AM
    Q. I am a Realtor and am having a problem with damage done during a home inspection. The inspector was testing the whirlpool tub in the master bathroom and forgot to turn it off. The water level was too low because of a leak, and this caused the pump motor to burn out.

     
  • Home inspector delivers report too late for sale Nov 15, 2013 6:03 AM
    Q. I recently purchased a home and hired a home inspector while there was still time to negotiate with the seller. But the inspector took four days to prepare the inspection report, and by that time the negotiation period under contract had expired. Shouldn’t the home inspector refund the money that I paid him?

     
  • Should a contractor do your home inspection? Nov 8, 2013 12:06 AM
    Q. I am planning to buy a home but don’t know who the home inspectors are in my area. On the other hand, I have a good friend who is a licensed general contractor, and he has offered to do my home inspection for free.

     
  • Seller suspects home inspector collusion Oct 24, 2013 3:56 PM
    Q. The people who are buying our home just had a home inspection. After the inspection, I heard the inspector tell the buyer’s agent that he would change the report to what the buyer wanted. Isn’t he supposed to be impartial in his findings?

     
  • Faulty Masonite siding is known to be defective Oct 18, 2013 12:52 AM
    Q. When I bought my home, my home inspector said nothing about the exterior siding. Months later, a contractor found faulty Masonite product that was widely known to be defective, and that should have been disclosed by our inspector. The cost estimate for new siding is nearly $20,000.

     
  • Plastic dryer vents pose several potential problems Oct 11, 2013 12:41 AM
    Q. My handyman did some repair work under the house, and he said that I have the wrong kind of exhaust duct for my clothes dryer. It’s made of white plastic and looks like a long accordion. The dryer has been venting perfectly for ten years, so I can’t see any reason to spend money replacing it.

     
  • Improving home inspection reports Oct 4, 2013 10:02 AM
    Q. What are your thoughts on the ways home inspection reports are formatted and on the types of report-writing software that are available? I would like to learn about the pain points you and other inspectors experience in your day-to-day. Even a few sentences would be appreciated.

     
  • Buyer finds undisclosed concrete in shower drain Sep 27, 2013 12:35 AM
    Q. Ever since I bought my home, the shower has drained slowly. Recently, it has gotten really bad, so I finally called a plumber. He said the drain is blocked with concrete and there is no way to get it out.

     
  • Roof conditions often prevent close inspection Sep 20, 2013 12:26 AM
    Q. When I bought my home, the inspector said there were no roof defects. The home inspection report states that the roof was inspected from across the street with binoculars. If this is all you can expect from a home inspector, why bother hiring one?

     
  • Furnishings can hide defects from home inspector Sep 13, 2013 12:15 AM
    Q. I’m in escrow to buy a home, and the sellers still live there. With all of the furnishings and personal effects covering walls and floors and filling the closets and garage, how can my home inspector possibly do a thorough job? Isn’t he likely to miss some defects?

     
  • Homeowner worried about asbestos ceilings Sep 6, 2013 12:02 AM
    Q. Our home was built in 1979 and has “popcorn” ceilings in most rooms. We started to scrape it off but stopped when someone suggested it might have asbestos. Our neighbor is a general contractor. He said we’re OK because asbestos ceilings were outlawed in 1973.

     
  • Make sure blame for inspection is placed on right shoulders Aug 30, 2013 11:32 AM
    Q. When we bought our house, our inspector said there appeared to be roof problems and issues with mold, and he recommended further evaluation. We hired a roofer and a mold expert. Both said there were no problems. Thus, we wasted hundreds of dollars on needless inspections. He certainly won’t get our business again, and we intend to spread the word about his meager services.

     
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