We’ve been looking to buy a house in a pretty competitive area and managed to get an offer accepted under listing price. The house seemed to be maintained well (miles better than any other home we viewed) and the upgrades to the interior of the home didn’t look like poor quality flipping but thoughtful well-done work the owners had intended for themselves.
The house had been sitting on the market for a month+ without any other offers and we assume this was for a few reasons:
The house is on level ground but the backyard is a steep downward slope
Buyers in this neighborhood are typically looking for a larger house with open floor plans
Street-view shows a trail/path next to the home but on arrival there is a very distracting large house
The inspections confirmed our feelings on the quality of the house. There were a handful of suggestions we can easily fix and 2 larger(?) issues.
The type of siding is defective & the subject of a class action lawsuit.
The deck closest to the slope is sagging. The posts and beam on the outer edge are leaning away from the house and toward the slope. A geotech inspection was suggested.
Since the siding is still in good condition we don’t see the need ask anything from the sellers but we have concerns about slope creep. The sellers fully re-landscaped the slope, removing the forest over growth and replacing it with a multi tiered yard (indigenous plants for erosion control, fabric netting, proper drainage and a gravity irrigation system). Everything was done within the levels of not requiring a permit. It seems like we might not be able to get a geotech inspection done in time so my question is how much should we be concerned about this? Could this just be the land settling after extensive work?