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pete13, Home Buyer in Dallas, TX

How far can we go in looking for root cause of water damage. Want to be certain there are no major structural or mold damage. There are two major leak

Asked by pete13, Dallas, TX Mon Dec 31, 2012

Roof leak and ceiling leak running length of ceiling sheet rock tape.

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Use a good home inspector.

Turtle Creek Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2012
You could have a inspector use a infrared scope on the areas after a rainy day like today.
It won't tell you everything, but might tell you something.

Not all inspectors use these, but I have at least one that does.

One question might also be if you can get financing?

If there is structural damage that is causing leaks, your appraisal may not this and the underwriter not approve the loan.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2012
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Hi Pete,

The inspection period is negotiable and any and all needed inspections should be allowed by the seller to insure the property is safe. A specific review to test for mold and/or structural issues will most likely cost a little more than the basic home inspection, but will be well worth it in the long run. As Brett said, if anything is found to be in need of repair, it is possible to cancel the contract. You can also negotiate with the seller to have the necessary repairs made prior to closing if you have your heart set on that property. I would be happy to help you with the process, or with any other properties or questions you may have. Just contact me to get started!

Monica Pineda
JR Premier Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2012
You will be given a 10-day inspection period where you'll be able to get a licensed home inspector or plumber inside to help determine the problem. If any major problem surface, you'll be able to cancel the contract and your full earnest money deposit will be returned. Feel free to give me a ring if you have any other questions regarding this listing or would like to set up a tim to view.

Brett Schumann
Assiocate Broker
StarCrest Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2012
Thank you for the prompt reply Brett. The information states "as is". So it appears we would have to uncover any problems prior to an offer or just have an inspector give us a worse case scenario of what to expect if we can't look into spaces creating the water leak.
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