Originally Posted By: andrew peduzzi
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I’ve owned my 60-year-old house for four years. I had an inspection when I moved in. Homeowners were required to repair very old minor termite damage and repair a floor joist that was notched through to make room for washer/dryer installation. The inspector noticed that some outlets tested open ground & reverse polarity. The inspector noted that the flashing on the chimney was not the “preferred method” but it hadn’t leaked in 10+ years, so he wasn’t concerned. He also noted that there were a few knotholes that had popped out of the roof decking, but he was not concerned about any leakage – he just wanted to be thorough.
I'm now selling my house and my buyer just pulled out after her home inspection. Her inspector stated that all of the outlets were "improperly wired for grounding safety." He also stated that there was "possible leakage due to improper flashing" and "missing roof decking." In addition, he believes that the house is missing a "main pier" underneath.
I live in Kentucky, where inspectors are not required to be licensed (although a bill was just passed to that effect), but how can two inspections sound SO different? And how could one inspector miss or overlook a "main pier" that may be missing under the house?? I have no structural problems -- no sagging floors or cracks in the walls. I've had no major repairs since I've lived there.
What do I do at this point? Is my only recourse to pay a contractor to determine whether major structural repairs are needed? Did my inspector de-emphasize important problems? Or is the current inspector blowing them out of proportion?
Can someone give me some guidance on where to go?
TIA for any suggestions.