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Home Sweet Home... Buyers Beware      
  1/30/2008 8:47:48 AM

In today's real estate market, everyone need to be extremely careful.  With TV shows that teach people to flip houses, and greedy real estate agents, when it looks like too good of a deal, walk away.

Just over two years ago, we bought a house.  After over 1 year of searching for the right one, this one was in the right location, and in the right condition.  At the time, the place had been completely renevated.  New carpet throughout the house, new kitchen, new bathrooms, new windows and doors.  Everything looked good.  Eventhough it was at the top of our budget, we bit the bullet and bought the house.  Our thought was if we didn't have to spend the money and take the time to redo any part of the house, it would be money worth spent.  Here in California, the purchasing process went throught the standard 3rd party inspector, and agencies.  Other than some minor problems, everything checked out.  We were happy, and signed the papers.

This winter, we experienced one of the bigger storms in Southern California.  All was well until one night, while watching TV, I heard a strange dripping sound from the kitchen.  I rushed in to find that our widnow was dripping.  That's when things got started.

To make the long story short, not only was the window dripping, the sill was already soaked.  The sliding doors, though have not been opened for over two weeks already, had let in enough water to soak up the family room carpet.  When I got the water-damage restoration people out, and performed a detailed inspection, we found leaks in 1/2 of the windows in the house.  Damages extended from the livingroom, to kitchen, to family room, even into our master bedroom.

All this seems to have been caused by an inproper installation of the windows and sliding doors.  There was insufficient water-proffing, or should I say, there was no water-proofing at all.  As far as their general contractor could tell, the previous installer just took out the old windows, literally dropped in the new ones, fastened them, and closed up the trims, hoping a small bead of silicone around the outer frame was going to stand up to the elements.  On the sliding doors, some cosmetic stucko job was done to cover the joints.  In the bottom, the stucko actually blocked the vents where excess water was suppose to drain from the tracks if they got wet.  As a result, water was not blocked from the top, and was not allowed to drain in the bottom.

The lesson learned is that be very careful when purchasing a house that was owned by a real estate agent.  Be very very careful if it looks like it's either in excellent condition or newly renevated.  If considering to have new windows installed, walk away from anyone offering $100-$200 per window for labor cost.  You will end up with very good looking windows, and wet walls.

As for our house...  demolition starts today.

2 comments are found.
  
Joanne
2/15/2008 1:56:52 AM

I’m so...sorry to see those pictures. I know carpets are wet but don’t expect they are so ......wet and those damages are so bad. Poor you :(
Luis
2/2/2008 11:37:37 AM

Feel for you guys...

shall we have a house warming after all say and done?



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