Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wish you had to tell everything you've ever done to a house

When we bought this house there was some mold issues in the basement and radon issues. Owner was to fix the water and radon problem and then we did mold remediation. She got a new sump pump, installed the radon system, and then she did a water proofing and channeling (see link for a description or watch video clip:

Cost her a pretty penny. But I see now that to do this she had to take up the new carpet, let them work, and dig up the interior foundation the whole perimeter of the house, put in a channel, concrete over everything again and then wait for the concrete to set  and then call in the carpet people to put down new tack strips and restretch the carpet. 

What I really don't understand is that she had quotes in 2006 and 2008 to get this work done - well before selling her house, but waited for it to be caught by the inspector to do anything about the radon and mold. I'm sure the real estate agent told her to fix it right because if we backed out of the sale because of mold and radon, it would mandatorily have to be disclosed to every prospective buyer and they would see it and her price value would plummet (unfairly much so). 

Probably the reason we have had no radon or water problems since.

We discovered all of this by seeing new concrete all around and then my husband and looked up our paperwork from the sale to discover what exactly it all meant.  At least I haD this paperwork. We have no history for nearly everything else.  Like, there is evidence of there being either glue down tile or glued down carpeting in the basement from before. It was cleaned off very well, but it has a stain of where the glue used to be.  Is that asbestos?  Was it removed properly if it was? Who knows!  So weird when you think about it that all the history of the house does not need to be disclosed when you buy and sell. It's a huge investment done mostly with little known about the investment!

What does this have to do with weight loss?  Well, I scraped up foam, wet/dry vac'ed the entire area, and then scrubbed it all with a thick bristled brush.  The boys took up the tack strips and deal with the nails in the concrete.  Oh, and my husband and I  moved all the furniture and boxes and boxes of stuff from one side of the room to the other, so a lot of schlepping of stuff too.  Day two of exercise with a purpose!

Scale loved me this morning too!

Weight loss reboot: 5/18/15
Down 18.8 pounds


  1. I think in California it DOES have to be disclosed. I'm sorry. Did she purchase at least a one-year home warranty plan (separate from homeowner's normal insurance?) She should have. We have demanded it for every purchase we made, and then always continued to carry it. It's been a lifesaver every single year. You might want to look into it, even now.

    1. We had it, but it doesn't cover such things. AND, the one thing it did cover, the AC and furnace, didn't cover it because at home inspection we didn't have that home warranty company do an AC inspection, only the Home Inspector checked it (and it turned on and cooled). Home inspector isn't "good enough". We've been burned another time by home warranties too - way too many loopholes.

  2. Now, isn't that a relief? I mean, it's just bad form to pass water and radon problems to someone who is set to inherit that house, including and most especially the basement. Better make the sale earn its worth. Thanks for these insights, and rest assured we will continue to refer to these in the future.

    Gregg Hogan @ American Basement Solutions