house from hell....new purchase
I am curious as to everyone's thoughts on this....
My husband and I just bought our first "real" single family home. We live in MA where the cost of housing even for a starter home is high. We bought a house that is only ten years old... specifically because we thought there would be a lot less to do... other than mostly cosmetic updates. We are not handy and can't do much on our own.
First thing we discover is a leaking pipe caused by the owners recently replacing a valve in the laundry area. They just had a plumber stick on a valve instead of soldering on a piece to the copper pipe. Needless to say the valve leaked slowly and it was leaking into the walls and floor for two months. We had to get a mold remediation company to replace the drywall and fix the flooring....it is hard for me to imagine that the family didn't smell the mildew smell in that area, because I found it pretty pungent. We discovered the issue due to the smell. Floors needed to be ripped out and replaced. We were out big money here. Could have gone after the plumber but decided to leave it alone and move on with our lives. We haven't had a washer and dryer for two months since we had people doing renovations in this area now since we bought the house... it is been a major inconvenience needless to say.
As soon as we moved in we realized we had almost no hot water...the mixing valve seems to be not working and needs replacement. Also there are numerous other valves that are corroded on the water heater... things my inspector missed.
dishwasher didn't work correctly. Stove burner didn't work correctly.
A number of the windows won't lock at all and seem to possibly not be put in correctly. This is a safety /security issue for us, even though we live in a very safe town... it is a concern.
We had people in to install new tile...the existing floors were vinyl and trashed... They had been covered with rugs and we stupidly didn't inspect closely. Our fault...
When the tile people were installing the tile they found that near my front door the floor boards were rotted and the door was rotting out of the frame... and discovered a huge nest of carpenter ants. Swarmers... so they had been there for several years. Extremely disgusting to say the least....there were so many...
Since discovering this, there has been evidence the previous owners knew about the water infiltration problem.... the carpenter saw areas that they glued molding back and put new molding up and tried to cover up the issue (seemingly). Carpenter said door was not installed properly....looks like instead of trying to fix it they tried to hide it ... or put a band aid on it.
We have to have a new subfloor installed, a new door installed and had to have the ant problem treated... big money here...
The house is infested with wasp and hornet nests under the shutters. More than i have ever seen.
The backyard is a horror...we knew about this though...
Yesterday I had ladybugs dive bombing my house.. thousands of them. I have never seen anything like it... I guess there is a variety (asian) that seem to try to hibernate in peoples homes for the winter.. and they like light colored homes, and yesterday was warm... how lucky for me!
We were also lied to about the property line by the broker who was a relative of the person selling the house. This gets complicated to explain, so I will leave it at that.. but I guess our fault for trusting the realtor and not double checking.. but you just expect sometimes people to be ethical... and it is sad.
My husband and I are very soured on this home and our first experience... we also think the owners knew about some of these bigger issues and we feel they were unethical.
There are also a couple weird smells in the upstairs bedrooms that we can't put our fingers on... it is not mildew, we don't know what it is.
We are really bummed out.. don't have a lot of money and this is a hardship on us.
Has anyone had a similar experience buying their first home?
We sent a strongly worded letter to the inspector and asked for a full refund. We received it with no questions asked...people tell me to sue... but we just don't think it is worth the time and effort. We have been told they protect themselves very well with language in the contract.. and you are forced to sign these and have a limited time to get an inspector... so overall the buyer is in a weak position when it comes to needing an inspection in a short time frame.
Overall we are really bummed about the house and hate it.. we keep wondering what else is wrong and what else was done incorrectly. What's next? The words of our inspector telling me the house was "really nice" still rings in my ears.
We did not go into this with expectations that we would never find anything wrong.. but within two months numerous things have gone wrong and we are just really disturbed by all of this.
We feel like we made the biggest mistake of our lives and with the market being horrible here right now, we feel we could not sell for a long time without losing money. We are fixing all the issues, but still feel like we don't even want to live here anymore.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? Thanks for your input.