Here at 7 Oaks our inspectors do their best to keep an eye out for signs of foul play.
Here is a brief example of such a cover up!
When Scot McLean, a home inspector with Towne & Country Building Inspection in Milwaukee, WI, walked into the basement of this home, he noticed that the top half of the exposed studs were bare wood, but the bottom half had been recently painted. Coupled with the dehumidifier and some fresh cans of waterproof paint that McLean spotted in the basement, he was able to detect a poorly executed cover-up: There had been a recent leak that hadn’t been disclosed to the buyer. Gotcha!
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