A Buyer who has some indication of a potential defect in the property has a duty to make further inquiry and investigate prior to closing of the sale.
In the Washington Court of Appeals case, Douglas v. Visser, 173 Wn. App. 823 (2013) involving the purchase of a home here in Blaine, the Buyer’s own inspector found rot and decay. Although the Seller failed to reveal the rot and decay in the house on the written disclosure statement and even had a laborer conceal it, the Buyer could not recover damages against the Seller because the Buyer did not further investigate before the closing.
A Buyer should beware prior to buying residential real estate.