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By Dena | Home Owner in 95758
  • Why is it NOT OK to speak up when a house For Sale has major problems?

    Posted Under: Crime & Safety in 95758, Home Buying in 95758, Home Selling in 95758  |  January 30, 2011 10:55 PM  |  374 views  |  No comments
    This house is being sold as "Perfect for a Family" when it has BLACK MOLD and DRY ROT In The House.  Read on ...

    9468 Canmoor Circle, Elk Grove, CA 95758 - BUYER BEWARE

    I rarely speak ill of anything, but because I feel so strongly that whoever buys this house should know BEFORE they are  locked in, I feel I Must speak up ...  In all fareness, the listing agent did not know, but the sellers did.

    9468 Canmoor Circle – Repairs Needed

    Here are some of the things that needed fixing due to poor materials and/or workmanship when the house was built in 2001 ... Or didn't get fixed, replaced or repaired prior to occupancy by tenants in August 2004, and haven't been addressed since. There are videos and written documentation from before move-in and photos of some of the repairs needed.  This house was built in 2001!

    Outdoors:

    1. Roof tiles raised by pigeons need repair or replacing

    2. Broken wood insert under second story front roof's eave, between rafter tails

    3. Left front second story outside window pane broken

    4. Four separate birds nests on the roof or under the eaves need removal and hindrances put up

    5. Down spouts and gutters clogged by bird guano – growing weeds in front and back of house

    6. Missing proper drainage at base of down spouts attached to gutters

    7. Water sprinkler system:

      1. Water tubes broken in front yard

      2. Front yard tree needs a water line to it

      3. Sprinklers too low in back yard

      4. Leak somewhere in the backyard system so some trees and bushes don't get enough water

      5. Back yard does not drain properly when it rains so ground gets slick and squishy

  • Dry rot at fence posts

  • Some fence boards rotten – don't hold nails to keep boards attached to frames

  • Concrete sidewalk raised by tree roots and settling of the house – tripping hazard – needs fixing

  • Front door:

    1. Sill doesn't hold screws in place – broken; needs more than just bigger screws

    2. Is not “square”, meaning that it does not have right angles at it's corners as it should

    3. Not properly sealed – can see daylight around the door when closed

  • Missing stucco, cracks or separation in stucco walls:

    1. house settling, so cracks from frame that is no longer true

    2. Side of front door jam

    3. Portico entrance overhead

    4. Separated metal sheeting at base of both garage columns and the portico column

    5. Above West side garage door

    6. Over west side windows

  • Severe gap (2+ inches) under West side garage door – allows critters into garage (rodents)

  • Cypress trees lifting rain gutters and eaves on East side of house

  • Electrical outlet in portico broken – only one outlet works

  • No seals around water spigots attached to house

  • Property located in a flood zone

  • Some electrical circuits need power review – breakers trip without known cause – have lost entire freezer contents due to one of these trips of the circuit breaker

  • Indoors:

    1. Common upstairs bathroom:

      1. Linoleum raised, cracked and pulled away from tub

      2. Caulking cracked or missing at base of tub, inside tub and around the toilet base

      3. DRY ROT under linoleum in floor boards, through to ceiling in room below

      4. Toilet water reservoir bowl long thin crack that leaks very slowly

  • Microwave oven has broken frame and has now stopped working; fire hazard when on

  • External and internal doors stick because house is no longer true

  • Kitchen:

    1. Sink has chipped enamel

    2. Faucet leaks

    3. Dishwasher drain is plumbed wrong, so draining water wells up into the sink

    4. Broken kitchen counter tiles

    5. Cracked and missing grout between tiles

    6. Pantry upper right cupboard door hinge is broken

    7. Cupboard shelf holders are broken

    8. Divots in linoleum floor

    9. Finish/varnish is coming off the cupboards

    10. Stove top trays and reservoirs under burners are rusted

  • Black mold:

    1. In Garage on West and North drywall walls and spores on garage floor

    2. In kitchen on wall in refrigerator insert area

    3. In laundry room where washer and dryer goes

    4. In window sills in bonus room, family room and master bedroom and bathroom

    5. Under master bathroom's toilet bowl rim

    6. In shower stalls

  • Cracks in stucco walls:

    1. Upstairs main beam and along archway ceiling to rumpus room

    2. Along and down top of stairs set of archways

    3. Exterior main wall window casing to upstairs alcove

    4. Archway to laundry room

    5. Archway to downstairs family room

    6. Master bedroom's window arch

    7. Master bathroom's hexagonal window casing

    8. Downstairs bedroom's window

    9. Outside of upstairs linen cupboard casing

  • Caulking is cracked in master bathroom:

    1. Between tub tiles

    2. Around shower fixtures

    3. Around base of toilet

    4. Along baseboards

  • Master bathroom's florescent ballast (for light) no longer works

  • Master bathroom's ceiling fan makes grinding noise once warmed up

  • Downstairs bathroom's caulking is cracked or missing:

    1. At base of shower

    2. Around the base of the toilet

    3. Along baseboards

  • Spring is sprung on back door to garage

  • Sliding back door:

    1. Screen is broken so won't stay on rails, open or close

    2. Bottom frame broken – door gets stuck shut/sometimes won't open or shut

    3. Vertical blind slat missing

  • Base lock on sliding back door doesn't work – it doesn't line up to close properly

  • Severe air leaks under door entrances and around door jams – A/C and heating run excessively

  • Fire alarm system broken:

    1. Alarms stay permanently triggered when 9 Volt backup batteries are installed in them

  • Stucco wall corners have big chips

  • Nail, staples and pin holes are rampant in the walls

  • Walls never painted – original paint still throughout the house

  • Extremely hard water cakes and coats:

    1. Everything it touches in white or orange, crusty mineral deposits

    2. Faucets, shower heads, other plumbing fixtures causing reduced functionality or leaks

    3. Shower stall doors, walls and floors with white residue – can't remove

    4. Coating toilet bowls and tanks with residue

  • Hard water deposits

    1. Filling hot water heater with sediment – occasionally worry that it might explode

    2. Ruining fixtures so they leak

    3. Clogging pipes, reducing water flow

  • NOTE:

    1. Only stove, dishwasher and broken microwave belong to house. All other appliances belong to tenants.

    2. The former tenants have learned since leaving the premises that the property was built on former rice beds. The land was not properly cured prior to the foundation pouring and building the structure. It explains why everything has since settled and the back yard was slick with silt under the grass grown there. Caution should be taken when the grass dies back and the area gets wet. It also explains the dampness that has caused black mold to permeate the house.

    3. The former owner has the dismantled above-ground pool that goes with the pieces in the side yard. The area where the pool was is where the grass died back and the land is/was slick.

 
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