I purchased my first home three-months ago, after I moved in I noticed that different areas of my house is

Asked by , Wed May 14, 2008

unlevel. almost like sinking in some areas. We have an inground pool could that be the problem? I had a house inspection done before i purchased and closed and this was not in the report. All of the problems that were found were suppose to be fixed and they were not. Is there anything that can be done about this problem?

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Betsie Taber, Agent, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Wed May 14, 2008
get professional opinion from someone else than the inspector who looked at the house before you closed and from a lwayer. It might be well worth it. If there were structural problems, they should have been disclosed by the former owner or found by the inspector. You should have been told and might be eligible for compensation.
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Cindy Hardin…, Agent, Birmingham, AL
Sun Oct 14, 2012
The contract should have requested the repairs. Your agent should have been in touch with the listing agent prior to closing, following up on the repairs that were agreed to. You also should have had a walk through just prior to or on the same day of closing. This is the opportunity to visually see for yourself if these items were addressed. You accepted the home when you signed the closing paperwork.

In regards to unlevel areas: Is the home on a crawl space or slab? Older homes have a tendency to shift a little with age and the local terrain. If it is on a crawl space and has significant dips, you may have some bad subflooring. You may have to contact a contractor or structural engineer to determine the reason for the sinking.
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Marlin, , Helena, AL
Wed May 14, 2008
I had a problem like this before...We contacted the Home Inspection company, and they were able to make some arrangments including refunding the inspection cost. However it is not much they could do...keep in mind there is no inspector that will find every problem, but a good inspector should be able to find most problems.
If the sellers agreed to correct problems before closing and they did not, you should entertain this issue with and attorney to resolve or make this seller perform the duties they agreed to.
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Chad Edwards, , Birmingham, AL
Wed May 14, 2008
Bob, you may not be aware that Alabama is a caveat emptor state so seller disclosure statements are not frequently provided. Seller's can lose their protection under caveat emptor by providing a disclosure.

If there were problems in the home inspection you should have submitted a request for repairs in writing and received a signed copy from the seller agreeing to the repairs. At the walk through you have to satisfy yourself that the problems have been rectified. Most people want invoices from licensed contractors for repairs made as a result of an inspection. At the walk through, if you were aware of problems that still existed and still closed, you probably lost your recourse.
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Chad Edwards, , Birmingham, AL
Wed May 14, 2008
So did these unlevel areas begin to appear after you moved in? If so, it sounds like a problem that would not have been detected in a normal home inspection. Is your house on a slab or crawl space? If you are on a crawl space you may be able to go under the house and make a visual inspection of the problem areas. If you are on a slab, I would suggest calling a foundation company to come out and determine the cause of the problem before it gets worse.
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Bob Pace, Agent, Riverhead, NY
Wed May 14, 2008
The first thing that needs to be clarified is the "suppose to be fix" in your description.Was this problem spelled out and documented as an issue to be taken care of ? Was the home inspector an engineer and was he liscensed and insured?Did the seller fill out a property condition disclosure ?You should seek legal advice.
As far as sinking or unlevelness this could not be just occurring it must have been known by the previous owners.
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