My question involves real estate located in the State of: washington
we bought a house and hired an inspector that did a relatively shity job at finding issues.
the house was bought during a 3 month dry spell in seattle
and everything was dry.
after we moved in about a month or so i accidentally found a basement full of water. the water was about 6 inches from the floor when i saw it
turns out they had an issue with water leak into the electrical panel. that blew the fuse to the sump pump
we knew about sump pump that was just thrown in there and not properly installed.
we didnt know about electrical panel damage
or the flooding issue.
now the owners are giving us the runaround saying that they didnt know about any of that
1 roof was replaced and not sealed properly.later on it was patched up. so they knew about that one but didnt replace rusted out breaker board
2 i found 2 broken sump pumps in the house
3 city worker tester basement water to see if it was city or ground water(its ground water)
4 i spoke to all the neighbors and all of them have ground water issues
5 i have 2 people that said they saw previous owners pumping the water out of their house
6the hard wood floor is black in few spotsand i know the wood turns black from excessive moisture
7the corner of the house is settled and have cracks on evry door
both upstairs and downstairs bathroom dors are not closing even after shaving off the top corner.
cracks have been painted over and filled in but cracked again
in addition to that we had to fix:
chinmey siding was completely water damaged top to bottom
front porch is faling through on one corner from water damage
the siding on the chimney side is also water damaged
hardwood floor had to be sanded and resealed
carpets removed( house is built in 1982 and EVERYTHING is original nothing have been updated
had to do major yard work because the bushes were damaging neighbors driveway
woodpeckers are somehow eating through the metal net covers 3 times i dont know what breed they are but they are some tough fukers to be able to knock through the metal 3 times
and now are hapily living right above our bed.
the owners now got their daughter involved and would not speak with us or our realtor and will only speak to our lawyer.
i have pictures of everything dated when they were taken
we are only asking them to pay for the water problem fix and not the electrical box that had to come out of our pocket
yet they are still refusing to talk.
why is it always the buyer that gets the short end of the stick.
i wasnt born in this country and not very familiar with the laws and rights and the legal process so its hard for me to know what needs to be done and when.
and lawyers are damn expensive.
where can i learn more about defending myself from people like the ones we are dealing with.
and my rights, what can i ask for in these situations.