Originally Posted By: John Adams
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My wife and I signed a Purchase agreement a couple weeks ago on a new spec home which is 90% complete. We are entitled to an inspection in the next few weeks.
We desperately want to get out of this agreement and the inspection is our only contingency. We did not receive full plans/specs before purchasing the home but we have come to realize that the house is poorly built. Although I'm sure it passes all codes, specifically the windows are of such poor quality (insulative values) I cannot believe the builder used them here in Michigan.
My plan is to hire an inspector who will "tear the house to shreds" on the inspection report. But I do not know what an inspector can/cannot legally say. Anything that makes it to the report as an unsatisfactory condition gives us legal right to get out of the deal.
Can a licensed inspector say things like "poor quality windows" or "not insulative enough windows" on the report without creating liability for themselves and their license? Specifically, what CAN'T an inspector say on a report (or is there a resource online somewhere where we can look this up?)
My wife is pregnant (surprise to us after signing the papers) so that's just one more reason we just can't buy this house. I really appreciate any help or suggestions given!!