New, newer, or old?

February 24, 2019 6:11 pm

During the past 20 years I’ve inspected far more than 5000 houses. Sometimes there is a fact sheet at the property with information on the age of major items. Unfortunately, there are often serious errors that may mislead potential buyers. Here are some examples.

“New roof” but at least 10 years old. “Newer heat pump” but 8-10 years old. And my favorite, “Completely remodeled” but is just lipstick on a pig. And, because some listing agents don’t verify these things, buyers will back out.

Our advice is to always get a pre-listing inspection. We don’t charge as much as we do for a full-blown pre-sale inspection and it is cheap insurance to make sure the deal goes through.

But, if a seller doesn’t want to spend a couple of hundred bucks to sell his house, make sure the information he is telling you about the age of major systems, roof, and other expensive items is correct. Look at the labels, get receipts, or other evidence to support their claim.

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