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So I just purchased this property in San Diego, California and my home inspector didn't catch the water damage around two areas around the windows. It seems to be some browning of the area, crackling and at the time moist/soft to the touch.

My current inspector isn't very helpful and I can't help, but feel like I got screwed by everyone from the inspector to my agent (that isn't very helpful either). The seller didn't disclose the issue, so I'm wondering what type of contractor do I contact to:

a) assess the damage and determine if it was a pre-existing condition (it is!) to support my case in a civil lawsuit?

b) determine what needs to be fixed and the estimated cost?

Help would be much appreciated, as I'm at a loss on where to start and completely in over my head. :eek:
 

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Take photos asap talk to neighbors and find out if they had awareness of leaking need to prove it was leaking prior to closing. Get quote to fix at least 2 better with 3 let your real estate lawyer know so a letter can be drafted to seller re hidden defect. This happens and it is not pleasant make sure everyone involved knows what's going on your agent sellers agent your home inspector (they carry insurance) up here agents have to carry insurance as well. Seems suspect to me that this was never noticed or disclosed was it hidden by furniture or Newly painted? Never had leaking window missed. Hope you have a good outcome
 

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Oops. Window specialist for quotes or general contractor. Can't say enough pics with dates, log of phone calls and or emails to support your timing of calls. Also see if the contractor can offer supporting documentation that this was an ongoing problem. Can usually tell by extent of damage.
 

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A good reputable general contractor should be able to help you access and estimate the cost to repair the damage.

I would try a couple, find one that you feel comfortable with.

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Are the Home Inspectors Licensed in you area? Either way if it was my home I would call the Home Inspector and tell him what he missed and ask what is going to do to correct his mistake. Take photos and document everything. did you sign a Home Inspection agreement? some agreement state if something is missed all you are entitled to is a refund of the Home Inspection. Check you state laws on Home Inspectors. If you go to the Real estate agent she/he will point the finger at the Inspector.
 

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I am sure it is possible for a home ispector to miss the odd problem; this many be one that was hardly noticeable from a visual inspection only and maybe only discernable using a infrared camera under certain conditions. Inspectors don't have Xray eyes and aren't required to remove drywall to see what's behind it.

You may get a refund - but I'd expect an answer along those lines. And don't spend inordinate amounts of time looking to pin the blame on someone, leaks due to water damamge happen to everyone and are a function of a myriad of things happening, some as small as a pinhole. Like others have said, find a good contractor who has some experience in windows and their framing. He may find that the windows weren't properly flashed for all we know and that's a repair job, not something that would likely cause you NOT to buy the house in the first place.

Personally, I'd rather the inspector spend time on all the major issues I can't see or can't reach or don't know anything about - and let me worry about scuffmarks on the floor, or a bad paint job or some drywall that isn't smooth.
 
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