Purchasing a home is a big deal, at least for most of us. You and your real estate agent will spend tons of time looking for the perfect property. You may go through 50 homes before finding “the one.” You send in an offer, it’s accepted, and you’re under contract. Now, you hire an inspector to check out the house to make sure it’s all good to go. You review the inspection report, and, indeed, everything looks good. You close on the purchase and move your family in.
A few weeks later, you realize the basement shower drain isn’t draining like it should. Next thing you know, sewage is coming up through the drain and filling the tub full of raw sewage. We’ve got a major problem. You call a disaster clean up crew to take care of this mess. But wait, why did it flood in the first place? The inspection showed no signs of obvious plumbing issues. However, a neighbor comes over while the disaster team was working and he told you that this is not the first time he’s seen this type of thing at this house. Your neighbor asks you if the previous owner told you about the plumbing issues. You say no, and you even check the Seller Property Condition Disclosure that you received during the purchase. No mention here either. What do you do now? Well, hopefully, you bought that Home Buyer Legal Protection Plan that everyone was talking about.