Building inspectors break secrets. It’s their job to do so and we wouldn’t have it any other way. They’re in one very real sense property detectives.
It’s fraudulent for a vendor to knowingly conceal defects according to the law. This includes (but is not limited to): painting in order to conceal damage (say, termites) or giving a wrong answer to a buyer’s question about the property.
To be fair, not all people deliberately give out false information but that’s up to the law to decide. In any case, it’s vital to call an independent inspector such as Jim’s Buildings Inspections. Remember, wrong information is wrong information even if the vendor is a well-meaning person.
A good inspector is working as a ‘property detective’ with your interests foremost in mind. He or she is looking for potential traps (financial and physical). That’s what we appreciate, nothing less.
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