I am writing to get your ideas and opinions. My hubby and I are buying a home and we just recently had it inspected. The inspector was very good and very thorough. The house was built in 2008. Everything seemed to be okay with the place aside from a few things that need to be remedied. The house is a raised ranch with just top floor and a finished basement. The basement was bone dry as the inspector said, no water issues whatsoever which is great.
The front half of the house has vaulted ceilings where the back does not, so there is an attic up there however there is no attic access! The inspector did like this as there is no way to know what is up there which makes sense. We like the rest of the home but the issue with not having attic access concerns us. I have a friend who recently just discovered her attic was loaded with mold and she had to have it remediated which cost her over $35,000!
We are going to request that the seller maybe make an access but our realtor said not to count on it. My only option is to take a chance a buy it since the rest of the home looked okay and then have someone come in an make an attic access and pray that everything is okay up there or we walk away. We need to have a place to move by the end of this month though as we are selling our house and the closing is supposed to be set for the end of this month. We do not have a lot of time to go house hunting basically. I a unsure though what to think. The inspector said there was one area on the roof towards the center that was a little rippled, not bad though. Other wise it all looked okay. There was a “possible” condensation in the bottom of the light globe in the living room closet. It may not even have been condensation, but rather dirt. We had him do a moisture detection throughout the home and everything was fine, no evidence of moisture.
How serious is it not having access to the attic? is this a common thing when building newer homes? Any thoughts are appreciated.