Earlier this week, I got an email from a person we did a Stucco inspection for about 13 months ago. One week ago in heavy rains, he had water coming in around a 2nd floor window or trim area and running down to the 1st floor.
He was mad because he hired us to tell him what the seller had to repair …
After trading emails back and forth, I went to storage and pulled out a copy of his report and reviewed it. After reading it I was shocked.
To start with we were not allowed to bore, probe or do any intrusive type of inspection. It was just walk, look and comment. I took a highlighter and went through the report marking repair comments OR recommendations for further evaluations by a competent … The report had over 40 such comments, along the lines of: flashings were missing; caulking was missing or improper; there were cracks in the stucco; there was damage to the stucco; there was mesh showing through the stucco; the foam visible at the walls bottom was not designed for EIFS; there were no deck flashings; there were ACTIVE water leaks coming inside the day I was there; there was mold; the stucco was loose at spots and the walls flexed in/out when we pushed on them; there were missing kickouts; etc; etc. We recommended professional contractors to evaluate and repair above conditions. We also recommended reviewing the engineers drawings or blueprints for details.
He states the seller did repairs BUT he won’t say what OR provide any details regarding what he negotiated for OR what the seller agreed to do AND whether any professional contractors were consulted or NOT.
He has ducked and dodged the facts AND his realtor is now with another company and does not want to get involved. She did state she doesn’t remember the seller doing anything but caulking stuff. He keeps trying to hang his hat on 1 fact - that I may have found over 40 defects BUT the one causing his problem I didn’t find ???
Buyers are amazing. They didn’t fix the 40, why do you think he would have fixed #41 - you start thinking in terms of insurance fraud.