HELP Bought house roof leaks inspectorprevious owner responsible — Topic

HELP Bought house roof leaks inspectorprevious owner responsible - Topic

posted 16 April 2009 10:04 AM

First off let me say that I do not advise suing anyone until all the facts are in.An dperhaps you do have a case, against several folks.

You need to read the seller disclosure first?

Did they say they had a new roof? What paperwork did they provide to you saying so? New roofs (labor only) typically are warranted against leaks and workmanship for several years even to new owners. Most sellers make a point of letting everyone know if they have a new roof or not. As this is a big selling point that people like to hear. So experiance tells me that if they did not say anything about this "NEW ROOF" then they are only lying or trying to say that they had the roof repaired a few years ago and your only hearing New Roof from them.

You also said something about the roof not being flat? Do you have what is considered a flat roof, or one that is pitched that is bowing as it runs down from the top ridge to the gutter area?

Flat roofs typcially are not flat at all. They simply have a very little amount of pitch to them. This is to prevent the water from standing on the roof. This can be easy to spot as dirt tends to collect in these areas as the water that remains after a storm dries out and leaves the soil behind.

A pitched roof that has sags in it is a different animal. Sagging roof rafters are typcially caused by undersized or over spanned rafters or to much weight from to many layers of shingles. You did not say how old the home was, but assuming its fairly old. Its not uncommon to find sags in these boards. I would have a bigger concern if its a newer home however.

What I would do before you begin to let the wolves out after these people.

Read the home inspection agreement and the report carefully. Most likely you will find somewhere in the paperwork that the inspection is NOT a warranty of any kind. You also may find that the inspector did not get on the roof, due to height, pitch, snow and weather when the inspection took place etc. If he stated that he did not get on the roof for any of these reasons it would then be up to you to pay a professional roofer a fee to do this job.

Did he view the roof from the ground, or from the edge of the roof on a ladder? All important information. Did he or she say that the roof was nearing the end of its life? What exactly did the report say about the condition of the roof?

As far as the inspector not saying anything about dips in the report, That is the opinion of the roofing contractor.

Having been involved in the inspection business for many years and hearing about all the issues inspectors have. Its always the contractor who gets called in after the fact that says I cannot belive the inspector did not see this.

You must remember a few things.

1. The home inspector is there for only a few hours. Its their job to review the entire home, from roof to foundation and everyting in between. And to know and understand all of the items that they look at and suggest that follow-up evaluations be made where things do not look right.

2. Bringing in a professional in what ever trade who is there only to review one area or part of a home, and who does that on a daily basis will always find something wrong with what they are there to look at. They will almost always blame the home inspector by saying that they should have seen this. Not doing this spitefully, they just do not understand what the inspectors job is.

What I would do is the following.

I would review the report carefully first. Then call the inspector and ask him or her to vist the home to explain what is happening, Then ask him/her to make things right. All they can say is no.

Then I would ask the past seller to provide the name of who worked on the roof. My bet is they cannot provide this information. But if they can, call these folks up and ask them what transpired on this roof. They may have told the seller that they needed a roof, but the seller told them just to make temp repairs.

Then and only then would I contact your closing attorney and ask him or her to get involved.

No one likes to be sued or to sue. But in some cases it cannot be helped.

As far as what your husband thinks is asbestos in the attic. Again you will find that the inspectors job is not to check this out, nor to inform you if you do or do not have hazardous materials in your home.

Its their job to compare your home to other homes of the same style, type and age and provide you with information on how its doing as compared to these other typs of homes.

If you can provide us with more information on the home, such as age, area in which the house is located and answer some of the questions asked above, perhaps we can help pinpoint a better solution to your leak.

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