This just happened. And it was stunning. A new construction high end home failed the home inspection.
I have been a residential sales agent for over 25 years. During this time I’ve learned a tremendous amount about home construction by taking classes and working with local building inspectors, contractors and home inspectors. While I am very knowledgeable, no real estate agent can replace a home inspector.
The house in question is beautiful, has a great location, an oversized lot for the area and presents as a magnificent new construction luxury home. It has a commanding presence both in and out. But what it also has is a problem that no real estate agent could find.
Michael Almeida is a Bergen County home inspector for Pillar to Post Home Inspections. Because he uses a tool that measures moisture behind finished walls in the basement, Michael was able to discover trouble behind those walls. Probing deeper, he discovered that an entire wall area had been repainted where his tool registered significant dampness. This was so cleverly done that it was impossible to find unless you had his training and equipment.
If you were to walk into the basement of this house today, you would not find even a hint of dampness. There is no odor or visible sign to your eye. Curing this problem is extremely involved and expensive. Michael went on to uncover some other issues as well.
After reading his report and speaking with him, I could no longer recommend this purchase and my customers agreed.
All that glitters is not gold as they say which is precisely why you need a thorough home inspection if you are buying a home. It is very disappointing to cancel a transaction but it is far worse to purchase a problem.