Due diligence.

I have been waiting for this article to be posted at The HooK since I read it on Thursday. All buyers and sellers should read it.

This is a great opening paragraph from the Fearless Consumer’s column –

Talk about a rude surprise: When sewage backed up in the crawl space of their house last April, Caley Clark and Steve Oberhauser called a local company to pump the septic tank. Except… it turns out they don’t have a septic tank. They do, however, have an outhouse– and it’s a good thing, because they’ve been using it ever since.

Lessons learned:

1) Always have a home inspection, regardless of the “advice” you receive.
2) Always have your own representation. Dual representation presents too much potential for a) conflict of interest b) questions regarding “your” Realtor’s loyalty. This is why I make a rule – don’t do it. A couple of thousand extra dollars is simply not worth my clients’ trust, loyalty and desire to recommend me to all of their friends and family. Getting sued tends to cut back on the referral business.
3) All press is certainly not good press.

Personally and professionally, I feel bad for all involved.

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2 Comments

  1. Jennifer September 18, 2005 at 22:19

    Thank you for this awful story. Your advice cannot be repeated enough. Keep up the good work.

  2. JMcNamera September 19, 2005 at 21:02

    Sounds like the Greene County inspections failed as well. Something like this should not have been permitted, or more likely was installed without informing the county.

    Seems the builder and the original owners could have legal liability with the county.