In the few weeks I have been dealing with a professional young couple that had just purchased their first home. Unfortunately it has not gone well. They are 2 months in on the home and have replaced most of the plumbing. A pipe burst, flooded the main floor, water got into the duct system and flooded the heat pump. There are flying splices in the attic, substandard insulation, substandard windows and this list goes on. This is despite have a Home Inspector inspection. A legal battle has ensued.
Unfortunately this is not uncommon. I have been called in before after a new purchase to confirm inefficiencies in a house and the home owners often are surprised at what they just purchased.. If it weren’t for the plumber they hired, they would not have herd or know about energy audits. They did not know what one was, after investigating they found me and we made arrangements for a Energy Rating. I say this not to bad mouth Home inspectors. They serve a purpose and I am surprised of the number of people that make a purchase like this and don’t get a Home Inspection. The problem is not all inspectors are ethical. Sometimes there is a conflict of interest between the Realtor and the inspector. Or the inspector and a contractor as in this case, the Realtor and the inspector were not fairly representing the best interests of their client.
This has inspired e to put together a program titled First Time Buyers education. What you need to know about buying your first home. It will cover not just Energy Audits, but also Home Inspections and Septic systems. As ode from the purchase of a house a septic system can be the most expense thing you will have. Nobody is excited about spending $20,000 on a septic system. They rather spend it on the kitchen renovation.
Be looking for it in the coming months. I hope that realtors see a value in this from the buyers stand point. This is nice couple making the biggest investment of their young lives and were taken complete advantage of. If they had known about the training and what to look for in inspectors it could have saved them 10’s of thousands of dollars.