This house touted "new" dormer windows for the upstairs bedrooms - but how about maybe fixing this before the inspection?
One of the features of this house was the addition of two newer dormers.
This is the dormer in question. You can see from this photo its relation to the rest of the original roofing of the house.
From the outside they both looked great. They add light and a window to two different bedrooms.
But getting into one bedroom this is what we saw.
Obviously the roof of this dormer window has leaking problems.
And to prevent an electrical issue with the light fixture they removed it!
My clients had already seen this! Nothing had been done between their putting in a contract and our inspection!
Usually people fix problems like this before they even put the house on the market!
But in this case the sellers did not. And even more surprisingly, they didn't fix it prior to the inspection!
And according to the moisture meter, everything was as wet as you imagine. This is an ongoing problem and leak.
So now what?
My recommendation: it's best to have problems resolved before a house goes on the market, but certainly before a home inspector sees them! The fewer the issues and concerns that pop up during a home inspection the better! The home inspector is there to observe and report, but not to analyze and tell sellers what should be done with anything found! Now the negotiating begins and that is where the rubs start! Repairs will have to be approved by the buyer! What if... what if...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560