Things Anyone can “Inspect”

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Home Inspector with WE Home Inspections, Inc. - Serving Oviedo & Central FL

To inspect means to observe.  Anyone can observe or inspect anything.  It just so happens that I have had training and practice looking for clues and indicators that lead me to observe more of the picture than most people.  That being said, there are some things that anyone and everyone should be on the look-out for.    Disclosure is the name of the game and if you can provide the knowledge, you wield the power of negotiation. 

As an agent, building a rapport and providing professional knowledge is crucial to repeat business.  From time to time, when the opportunity arises, I will be posting  "Things Anyone can Inspect" to help you recognize when a problem might need to be disclosed or discussed.

 I recently traveled to DeLand, FL to do an inspection on a mid-5o's concrete block home that had multiple "additions" in subsequent years.

bowing trimThis shows a trim piece designed to hide the seam in a plywood roof for an open air carport.  Notice the water and rust staining around the trim piece bowing off the ceiling.......  There has been consistent moisture in a place that should be dry.

 

 

bad siding

 

 

 

  This shows what happens to lapped siding when it's not properly sealed off.

 

Hole in soffit

 

 

Time to call a WDO expert (wood destroying organism) and know that you have water intrusion/damage in the roof system.  Also be prepared to vacate any of squirrels, rats, birds, coons, that may have decided to seek shelter.

 

More holes

 

 

 

 

Ditto, ditto, ditto, and add careful evaluation of electrical system due to improper use of extension cord.

Plywood used for siding

 

 

 

 

 

A piece of delaminated plywood used for the front siding - that is below ground level (no wood, siding or trim should be touching earth).

 

These are just a few from this dream home that sold for 30k cash.  Both buyer and seller seemed happy.  As long as everything is disclosed........any deal .......can be a win/win.

 

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Comments (5)

Lorinda Ward
Keffer Realty - Norfolk, VA
Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach

Great post, when I take my clients out I always remind them to look up at the ceilings for mildew and check for the air conditioning unit it has disappeared a couple times on me.

Thank you again.

 

May 04, 2009 05:02 AM
Cherry Wings Realty
Cherry Wings Realty - Traverse City, MI
Your Traverse City Michigan Realtor

Steve:

You are right, disclosure is what it is all about.  As long as the potential buyer knows what they are getting into and are willing to accept it, everyone wins.

May 04, 2009 05:22 AM
Steve Edmonds
WE Home Inspections, Inc. - Serving Oviedo & Central FL - Oviedo, FL

Thanks Ladies!  I hope a win/win finds you soon.

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May 04, 2009 05:27 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I love extension cords, especially when people use them as permanent wiring, and even more so when it's outdoors.

"If you can provide the knowledge, you wield the power of negotiation." I like that!

May 05, 2009 08:49 PM
Steve Edmonds
WE Home Inspections, Inc. - Serving Oviedo & Central FL - Oviedo, FL

You gotta love it when people think that their heavy duty extention should do the job of romex in a chase.  I didnt bother showing the exposed splice with the 50's romex - it was interesting. 

All qoutes available for re-post :)

 

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May 06, 2009 01:00 AM