Home Inspection Services / Terrible experience
Richard Mellon was hired to inspect a home we had made an offer on. He was at the home for 6 hours. Only found minor issues with home other than the obvious that we had already negotiated. After purchasing the home and while we were running cable for the house we found damage in a bath and also the kitchen that the home inspector did not report. We had him back to our home to reinspect. During the visit I could tell that he was very distraught at the findings. He offered in writing to repair the damages, or should I say his suggested method only covered up the damage. Later during the visit when we found what was the source of the problem in the bath he suddenly left our home. We received a letter from him saying that he should not of offered any repairs and that the damage in the bath had occurred since our ownership. We have evidence to dispute this. As for the problem we found in the kitchen. He stated that he was not required to enter restricted areas. Defined as anything less than 24'. We have measured this area at 30'. He accessed this area 3 times on the day of reinspection.
What happened. He got tired and stopped inspecting. He is trying to limit his liability to the cost of his fee. We get aprox 25, 000 worth of damages and he wants to refund 225.dollars. Of course he has not done this, not that we would accept it. Talking with lawyers now. We have been going back and for for over a year. Letter after letter I must point out the inconsistency in his account of events. He has caused me much stress. We will not be able to do the work we had planned on in the home because we must spend that money on items we were not prepared for. Would not of bought this home had we known now what was lurking.