We bought out of state, sight unseen except via a video chat (lesson learned). The house looked pretty great, needing some updates and a bit of cosmetic work which our realtor pointed out to us (funky ceiling tile, etc). I asked if she noticed anything glaring that looked like it needed attention. She said it looked great. So based on what she said, we where ok with waiving the inspection since we where paying with cash, and she made an offer for us 5k over asking. Us, coming from a super hot market, believed the market was popping and that it was our option to get the house. It was accepted within hours after only being in the market for 3 days. That was our first red flag that we where too dumb and desperate to notice. Well, it all went through. We arrived at our new home at 2am, exhausted from driving, only to discover the floor is quite obviously not level. Like, wavy, 1/4″-3″ difference in height not level. You almost feel tipsy walking through it. I’ve lived in old houses growing up, I’m accustomed to a small slope, but this was so blatant. Based on this fact alone, we would’ve had an inspection done. There are foundation/floor joist issues we are now having to deal with.
While I realize realtors are not inspectors, would this not be something to point out when viewing a home via a video chat?! I mean I did say we could do repairs, but foundation work is a whole new ballgame.
And please don’t shame me and tell me I should’ve known better. Desperation makes people do some not wise things and I definitely see my mistakes.