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Vadavam, Home Buyer in 10956

Hello All: Recently we saw a expanded split level house and in the basement the old portion was separated with new one by a wall.No opening.

Asked by Vadavam, 10956 Wed Aug 17, 2011

Owner insists it can be done easily.
Instead he provided a separate stair case from living room into the basement new room which leads into a new car garage. No connection between 2 rooms.
My concern was why did they took long/expensive route instead of opening the dry wall between the two rooms in the basement.
Any county restrictions, foundation issues etc. Not sure.
Any suggestions/advice

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seller may be hiding something. conduct a home inspeciton and ask inspector to investigate basement in particular
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 9, 2011
Almost any situation can be remedied, but it may take some due diligence and available funds. You may want to check with the town in which the home was built to see if they applied for a building permit and if the owner received a proper certificate of occupancy. A licensed contractor or engineer can determine if the wall is bearing and if an opening can be installed.
Valerie Moldow
Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty
(845) 222-4821
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 18, 2011
Does the owner have a Cof O for the addition to the basement? It seems strange to me that the seller added to the basement since it is so expensive. Rockland was named Rockland for a reason. If the seller does not have a Cof O walk from the property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 18, 2011
If you are interested in the property, it's in your best interest hire a licensed professional home inspector/engineer who can answer all your questions...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 18, 2011
Hi Vadavam,

Even before making an offer you may request to see the house again, accompanied by an inspector or a structural engineer (along with your agent). In addition to your concerns I would inquire about what might be in the sealed off part - is it properly ventilated so mold isn't going to be an issue? Has there been any water accumulation in that part? All may be fine but I'd raise the question just the same.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 18, 2011
Hello Vadavam,
It may have been that the owner did not want to compromise the integrity of the original foundation wall. As the others have said, if you have a serious interest in the house, hire a professional to evaluate it. It is money well spent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 18, 2011
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 18, 2011
Hello Vadavam, If you are interested in the house and have negotiated a fair offer, get the home inspected and/or bring in a contractor to answer your concern. If it is just dry way, it should not be a large issue(unless some type of support beam is needed. Use this in your negotiations if need be. Best of Luck!

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