Our home is a geodesic dome and when we bought it, it was inspected by someone our real estate agent (who worked in the same office as the owner) suggested. Obviously, he wasn't going to look at anything too closely. He assured us the place was just spiffy! In the last five years we've had to completely redo the septic system, many areas of the roofing, the plumbing and in many places the electrical -- all were jimmied with the cheapest possible equipment and the lowest possible skills. To a man, every single professional we've had in here to make repairs has expressed astonishment at how horribly the job had been done by the original builder and anyone making subsequent repairs. There were truly scary risks everywhere.
|Lovely wiring job, hmmm? A fire waiting to happen...|
Here's just one small example, the owner warned us to get the chimney swept before lighting a fire in the fireplace. He said it had never been swept for 37 years and it was a good idea to get it checked. Um... ya think? There wasn't a chimney sweep on the mountain who would touch it. The fire department came, declared it a disaster and asked that it all be torn down. The fireplace was zero clearance and would most certainly cause a fire if lit. On top of that, the massive chimney was not securely fastened and its ominous swaying at any sign of a breeze was a disaster waiting to happen. We had to tear the entire thing out to avert a likely collapse. That was fun...
But the latest problem truly takes the cake. As I said, these people saw us coming a mile away and apparently saw the word "suckers" printed on our foreheads. It turns my stomach to even think about the deceptive tactics they used on us. The original owner knew quite well he'd built this place with the cheapest materials and to the lowest standards allowable by code in the late 1970s. He knew this house wasn't going to last much longer. We first noticed the stucco peeling away from the exterior within 6 months of buying the place. We were already dealing with multiple roof leaks and had begun to get leaks through the walls. We did spot repairs for awhile and learned from the neighbors that the owner had lightly re-stucco'd areas and repainted to hide the problem shortly before putting the house on the market.
We have been hurt by the recession as much as anyone and the cost of these repairs is burying us.
Obviously, this is my assessment of the situation and these are my opinions. We've been dealing with this for years and today literally broke the straw on this camel's back. I don't know how I'm supposed to sleep at night knowing that the second floor of my house may fall. Everything on the outside is a mess -- our next project will be to start opening walls to see what disasters await us on the interior. I realize life is not always fair, but in my opinion, we were duped. I hope the original owners are able to sleep at night, knowing what they've done to our family.