You have finally become a homeowner! All the hard work is done – you saved money, got through inspections, and closed on your new home. Wait a second… did the water heater just break?! This is all about what happens when something breaks AFTER you buy the house.
Can I ask the seller to fix items after we buy the house?
Unfortunately, you cannot ask the seller to fix anything after the sale. There are no warranties on your home, which is part of being a homeowner!
The broken sink is now yours to fix unless you purchased new construction.
[IMPORTANT READING: New Home Warranty Act]
Can I sue the home inspector for not finding this defect?
No, the home inspector is not responsible for this broken item either. While you can try to go after the home inspector, the paperwork you sign before your home inspection states that they would only be responsible for reimbursing your inspection cost.
There are a few other things to note as to why it’s not the home inspector’s fault:
- The item may not have been broken at the time
- They cannot predict the future and know if something will break
- They are doing a visual examination of the house only – they can not see through the walls
Can I sue the seller for not disclosing this to me?
Unless the seller has committed fraud, you have purchased the home “as-is.” Along with this, you have taken it with all of its flaws! However, you might have a case on your hands if you can prove fraud!
[IMPORTANT READING: What does as-is mean?]
What can I do since the AC broke a few days after I moved in?
You’ll have to call an HVAC tech and get it repaired on your own dime. We know – this doesn’t feel good since you JUST bought the home. But, we have all been through it.
Team Be New Orleans has been there personally, too! One of us had the shower broken within 24 hours of moving in, and another found mold in her walls.
A home warranty can help with appliances, HVAC issues, minor plumbing leaks, etc.
At the end of the day, there is a 99.9% chance that this will be your responsibility now. Welcome to homeownership! And, you can always call us for our recommendation for a service provider.
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