I bought a house 14 months ago. It has a well for water. The pump in the well stopped working. The technicians who replaced the pump said that the previous pump was wired in such a fashion so that it would work but that it shortened it's useful life because of being wired incorrectly. I am looking at a huge bill to replace the pump. The people who sold me this house cut corners to save expenses in almost every area, as it was a buy, remodel, sell transaction for them. Unfortunately most of these
things didn't materialize until we lived there awhile. Is it worth hiring a lawyer and trying to make them
pay or am I wasting my time?
Welcome to the world of home ownership. Things wear out. Things break. Some things cost a great deal to fix. Unless the purchase of your house was accompanied by some kind of promise or warranty, the seller has no responsibility. The answer would be different if the seller described the pump falsely. If you had a mechanical inspection, and of course you were wise enough to condition the purchase on acceptable inspection results, then there might be a claim against the inspector. This would be true if the defect could have been discovered and was not noted due to negligence. In the event that you believe that there is some basis for responsibility (other than you thought it would last longer) then a consultation and case review by an experienced real estate attorney would be sensible. Be prepared to pay a reasonable fee for the needed review services.
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Whether you have a claim or not depends on the details of the deal. Have an attorney review the transaction and the associated representations. See the attached link for more information. Do not delay as the passage of time will negatively affect your rights.
I agree with the previous answers and the buyer usually has time to inspect and sometimes you will get written representations of what the conditions of things. Often it is up to the buyer to inspect and reduce the price when defects are found. If the seller deliberately concealed known defects when asked and you can prove it you might have a case. Take your list of issues and your purchase and sale paperwork to a local lawyer and get some opinions. Even if you sue and win then you have to collect which is a whole new challenge.
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