Talk with your agent and/or lawyer first, but for my two cents, I'm with Cynthia on this. Get an extension so you can evaluate the situation and get a report if it's needed.
You should never allow youself to be pressured on big issues like major physical inspections and you could be saving yourself a lot of grief by walking away, as trying as that can be.
Best of Luck.
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Do you see any signage of any slippage, such as crack in the interior walls, cracks in the outside floor concrete, cracks in the flooring tiles, uneveness in the corners and connections of the walls, generally signs on the flooring and walls, if the house is not a recent remodel. If the house is a recent remodel then all signs may have been corrected. But still walk outside the house and find signs that would alert you to any issues and problems. Generally soils reports are rather expensive. But if you decide to do the report contact the same company who did the report in 1996 and ask them to come by again, as they may give you a break.
Did the 1996 report find any problems, and make any recommendations? Look around and see if the recommendations were followed.
Most houses in the hillside provide very nice and majestic views, and you have to be realistic to the fact that most hillside homes may have some movements if the drainage issues are not adressed, if correct vegitation that stops soils erosion is not planted on the hillside, if there is over watering of the plants and vegitation, etc.. As with all types of properties care and maintenance is required. So decide for yourself what your objectives are.
If you really like this property, then by all means get an updated soils report. The soils condition has probably not changed, but the engineers recommendations to you may change. And you will know how to take care of your new home.
See if the same co. who did the report in 96' is still in business.
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