- Real Estate
Home Inspectors are a Scam
American Corruption On Display
The older I get and the longer I am forced to witness the corruption capitalism breeds the more I see my own great nation as nothing more than an organization bent on the slow, monetary subjugation of its citizens. What am I talking about?
Let me give you a small window on the things that I have witnessed when it comes to home inspectors. You know, the mysterious person the home owner pays to say their house doesn't need any work and the other guy the home buyer hires to confirm that? That's right. Nothing more than a scam perpetrated against tax paying citizens and i have the misfortune of being a victim of this farce.
My sweetheart and I had a limited budget so we knew we were going to have to buy an imperfect home that may need some work. That was no problem, we were fine with that. Only, we needed to know what was wrong with the house to know what needed fixing, right? What we didn't expect was to find a home in our price range, at the very limit actually, that apparently did not need much work.
We walked inside the two bedroom rancher with a gas fireplace and a two car garage and were blown away. It was really nice inside although we could see that some of the siding had been done by amateurs and would need to be painted or redone. Not a problem when everything else seemed so nice. Key word kids, seemed. Indeed, not all things are as they seem.
The home owner clearly paid her inspector a healthy sum to lie, lie and lie some more. We then had to hire our own inspector, who then entered the home without our presence, and came out confirming what the owner's inspector reported.
The only thing I can conclude, after much logical deliberation mind you, is that either my inspector was a complete incompetent or he too took a nice pay off from the home owner to lie, lie and lie some more.
Now, I will take part of the blame since we were desperate at that time for a place to go. Literally we had no time. I took the Inspector's report as doctrine and signed my life away on the dotted line of doom. Its something I never wanted to do. I always said that when you buy a home you are just setting yourself up to become a slave to the system. Freedom out the window, forget your dreams its what you have to do not what you want to do.
As a long haired malcontent this is the worst possible situation to place myself in but I did it for love. A noble cause to be sure and not one I regret, though there are days when i want to take myself out back and beat some sense into me.
Where shall I begin? I mean, I could go on all day telling you about the things that were hidden from our eyes, supposedly unnoticed by these well paid inspectors that we were legally forced to hire. I wont. I'll just tell you about the big stuff.
How about there was no insulation in the wall that separates the Living room and the garage? How about above the drop ceiling in the living room? They didn't notice that there was no ceiling above it and it was open to the attic? Yes, I kick myself all the time. I should have taken a look for my own gratification but in truth I was a meek first time home buyer and I was really unsure of myself in this. We paid someone to do these things and they did not get done.
We bought the home in october. It was a warm fall and it wasn't until the real cold hit that we noticed the draft sweeping through. When I say draft, folks, I mean you better wear a sweater because it was cold!
Those were big things that someone like myself couldn't just fix real quick. I had already spent the last of my saved up cash on the little things the house needed. I had literally nothing left. We had nothing left. Thankfully public gas and electric noticed how high our bills were and decided they should come over and run a test. It turned out our home was like a block of old Swiss cheese with holes everywhere.
Because of our situation we were able to get help. They helped us and insulated the attic, the wall between the garage and the living room and the ceiling above was built and insulated as well. I thank god that for every scam perpetrated by so-called businesses and businessmen there are programs to help the beleagured. In truth, in my rage, if we had no help in this, I cannot say what we would have done. I never gave much credence to the Vengeance is mine, sayeth the lord thing. As far as I am concerned, not if I get a hold of the bastard first.
This mindset has no place in the system I have allowed myself ot fall victim to. the more you stand up for yourself the more leverage they have against you. Why? Because the way the system is set up, once you kneel to it you are forced to utilize it in everything you do. Freedom gone and your balls may as well be chew toys for all the good they do you.
It was clear to the contractors who had entered and worked on our home that it had been put together with industrial masking tape. That tape was now wearing off and our troubles had just begun.
The heating and Ac system were twenty years old. According to PSE&G it should never have passed inspection. The water heater was cracked on the bottom, the past home owners knew this because there was a subtly placed pan beneath it that gathered the slowly dripping water. Why did that pass inspection?
All those things we then had to take care of. PSE&G put us on a long budget and while we paid our bills we also slowly paid off the cost of these new appliances and the cost of having them installed. Done? Oh, no. I am far from done.
Do you smell gas? Yeah, I do, but then it goes away and I am not so sure. I can't tell where it is coming from. Maybe its just our imagination.
No. Not our imagination. Just our inexperience with gas fireplaces.
So, there I was with a long lighter trying to light the gas fireplace. It had always been stubborn in that regard but now it was getting impossible. Wait, do you smell gas?
That was when we decided we better call the gas company. Thank the lord we were at least smart enough to do that. The gas man showed up during an eagles playoff game and his gadget literally freaked when it went near the fireplace. His eyebrows raised in alarm and he began walking around the house in order to check all other options before coming back to the gas fireplace.
Turns out the gas feed pipe had not two but three separate holes in it. The works were degraded to such a level only a major overhaul would allow us to safely utilize it again. We simply asked that he find the valve that would turn off the gas to the fireplace completely. Later we then had it capped off.
How close to dying were we? Anyone want to guess because I sure don't want to think about it.
Good old home inspectors not doing their job cost us every last bit of our savings. Put us at each other's throats playing the blame game to the point that we could barely stand each other, and then very nearly cost us our lives.
All the while this was a situation caused by two people, supposed professionals being paid to do a supposedly important service. Now, like I said in the beginning. either they were completely incompetent. Both of them. Or they took the old payoff to shut up and smile your way out the door. I bet on the payoff.
Before this time in my life I had heard precautionary tales about just this sort of thing. I feared it might happen to me and it did but because of the system that protects supposed professionals I had no way to protect myself or find satisfaction.
Just recently I heard Governor Christi had gone on a rant about home inspectors and their like being a big part of the real estate issues in our country. Someone must have whispered something in his ear about this because you know rich guys with power aren't having these sort of problems. Will anything change? I doubt it since the Inspectors are contractors and they are outside of regulation.
As long as people allow their greed to override their honor and dignity as professionals everyday people like you and I are going to suffer. Meanwhile the rich 1% acts like nothing is wrong. They do not care about our problems yet they are the ones in charge!!!!??? I fear until that fact changes American citizens will continue to be the victim of a system prepped and greased for only one percent of the population.
Because I am not a politician i do not know what can be done or how things should be approached. I'm old school. I want someone to get the hell beat out of'em as an example to others. Without consequences the Inspectors and their ilk will continue to take payoffs and turn a blind eye. We as Americans must stop staring at the damned TV and get into the courts. We have to make a stand.
Now, some of you might say that we make our stand at polls. I say you are blind and insane. Insanity is defined as someone who attempts the same method to accomplish something over and over although that method fails. That method has clearly failed. We need a new direction and the first thing that has to be eliminated is the greedy rich bastards who have led us all down this dark and ill trodden path in the first place. Capitalists, greed driven pricks that they are, must change their neighbor killing mindset and think of the nation rather than just self.
Let me stop. My soap box isn't all that sturdy and i think I hear the cops coming. Lord knows whose side they are on.