home buyers love it when there is fresh pain inside, as a home inspector, we
look at it in a different light. What is under the paint?
When we inspect homes, we have lots of tools to help us accurately report
what we see, smell or suspect. One of the most valuable in our tool-bag is
a moisture meter. This tool helps us to determine the percentage of water
in a material, like wood or sheetrock. It is a pricey tool at $570, but
its worth every penny!
What made this situation so disturbing to me was the form 17 (sellers disclosure statement) admitted that there had been a leak years ago and it had been repaired and there was no leak now. Not only was this leak active, but with this fresh paint, there is no question someone was attempting to hide it.
Even with great tools, an inspector needs intuition and experience. We always take it as a clue about the honesty of a seller if they lived in a home for many years and claim there is nothing wrong. Almost all homes have some issues, and honest sellers know its important to state that upfront.
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