I’m currently in the process of buying a house. I’m on a limited schedule, so I don’t want to waste time viewing/making offers on houses that have defects that I personally consider unacceptable (‘deal killers’). Please see the examples below.
Is there a website to report or find issues like these? Access to this information could really streamline the home buying process for me.
The first house that I got under contract has a garage that had been converted to a family room. A couple hours before the home inspection I contacted the local permitting office and they confirmed that the conversion had not been permitted. The permitting office also indicated that a permit which had been pulled two year ago for other unrelated work at the property had not been final inspected/closed out. I immediately bailed out of the contract and moved on. I lost a little money on the Home Inspector and it was nearly a week before I could resume the house hunt.
The next house that I seriously considered buying: During the viewing I noticed several red plastic disks labelled “SmartDisk” attached to the ground outside at locations around the foundation. With a little searching I found out that these are devices for monitoring for or dispersing pesticide to treat termite infestations. Needless to say that I didn’t be submit an offer for that property.