Be sure to get multiple inspections of house

Sept. 21, 2012 at 4:21 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I am writing this letter to help the Victoria home buying consumer. I am not writing this letter to ruin any home builder's reputation. This letter is strictly to prevent my horrible situation from happening to anyone else. I bought my first house in 2006 that was built in 2000. I hired a plumber and a professional inspector to inspect the house. Both reports were pristine. I bought the house and happily lived there for 6 years with minimal problems. My problems started to arise when I put my house up for sale recently. When the potential buyers had the house inspected, the low quality work of the builder became apparent. The inspector found that the joists in the roof/attic were bowed due to lack of support. He also discovered that a shower liner was not put in the shower, causing water to leak into the insulation and the foundation. These are both things that are not noticeable when the house is brand new, but will cause HUGE problems later on. We had to have braces put in the attic and we had to break into the tile in the bathroom and chip up the mortar that is supposed to go into the shower liner. Both of these jobs are costing huge amounts of money due to a sub standard builder. I simply want to warn people to thoroughly have a house inspected and make sure it's to CITY code which has stricter codes. To prevent my headache, I would recommend getting 2 different inspectors. Buying a house is one of the biggest purchases that can be made and I wish I would have been more thorough with my purchase.

Veronica Garcia, Victoria



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