I am a Professional Home Stager and Interior Designer. One of my long term Interior Design clients recently purchased a house. He was handed a Building Inspector's report which was generated (or so the Seller said) by a previous purchaser who's escrow fell out for undisclosed reasons. My client, who normally behaves in a very intelligent manner, accepted the building inspection report given by the seller, and did not hire an Inspector to do another inspection. I don't know what his Realtor was thinking to allow him to do this without advising him of the pitfalls of this course. To make a long story short, my client has had to spend thousands (over $10,000 at this point) just to bring the plumbing, electrical & HVAC systems to a functioning and safe state. He has no recourse against the seller because he willingly accepted the inspection report. He cannot go back to the Building Inspector because he did not pay for the inspection. All the costs of repair are coming out of his pocket.
My client could have used the information provided by a competent Building Inspector, which he hired and was working in my client's best interest, to renegotiate the selling price or to force the seller to make some repairs before the close of escrow. Or knowing how many problems he would have encountered, he could have walked away from the sale. Instead, he is putting a lot of money into infrastructure that he will neither be able to see nor enjoy. Yes, his home will be in much better condition, but he thought he was getting a home in good condition to start with.
Moral of the story: Never purchase a home without hiring and paying for an inspection by a Professional Building Inspector. And Realtors, protect your clients' and your own interests by urging your client hire a Professional Building Inspector.
Moving Mountains Design is a full service Home Staging and Interior Design company, located in Pasadena, CA. We stage homes and provide interior design services in Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, La Canada/Flintridge and Los Angeles.
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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.
She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.
Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations, and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs, foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers. Builders hire us to stage their models or to help move inventory when sales slow down.
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