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Our recommendation is to expect the worse and build the expense for repairs into your offer amount. The damage could be extensive including costs for: repiping, hotwater heater, toilets, water fixtures etc. Another important consideration is the accessability of plumbing that may need to be repaired. If it requires opening up walls, floors, or breaking through the foundation and working through a crawl space this could increase the degree of difficulty to get the work done.
Contact an experienced plumber for their input. In the event water lines were opened and anti-freeze was put in the drains your concern could be deminished.
If the home was not winterized and the heating system was left on then there may not be an issue. One way to tell is to review the utility bills for the heating system to see if sufficient gas/electric may have been consumed indicating the heat was on. Not exactly the most reliable method but a start.
There are good answers below and if you are interested in the home absolutely have it inspected. When you choose an Inspector use one that is properly certified in Thermal Imaging technologies. Thermal imaging is an excellent method for identifying water leakage and a whole host of other issues. If you do choose a Thermographer make sure they are properly trained and certified. There are plenty out there claiming to be certified after a two day course (unfortunate but true). If you have any questions how to pick a Thermographer or how to check their credentials feel free to contact me.
Emmanuel J. Scanlan
PS Inspection & Property Services LLC
TREC License # 7593
International Code Council, Residential Combination Inspector #5247015-R5 (Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Building)
Certified Level I Thermographer (ASNT-TC1A Standards)
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Third Party Warranty Inspector #1593
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Inspector, County Inspection Program
Texas Department Of Insurance, VIP Inspector # 08507061016
Hayman Residential Engineering Services, Field Technician
CMC Energy - Certified Energy Auditor
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HOWEVER $300 - or + for a awesome home, lender would be held responsible OR you can keep searching for a home you may never find.
Your sales offer needs state ALL Utilities turned on seller expense. Rule of thumb from seasoned agents, and investors (which I am) never purchase a home unless you have a full inspection. You are risk I have kicked deals to streets after I have reviewed inspections report SOOOO HAPPY I paid for report althought I lost $300 - or + best money ever spent than a huge mistake.
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