Watch out for hidden costs!

By
Home Inspector with Farris Home Inspections

       As a contractor I come across all kinds of things in homes that make me shake my head.  Recently I was called to fix a set of concrete steps that were chipping badly.  The previous owner, in an attempt to hide the aging steps, had patched the steps with an incorrect method and painted over the patch so that it would cover and blend in.  Not long after the new owner moved in the steps began to chip and crack, some were just loose concrete waiting to take an unexpected vistor for a fall.  It was obvious that the repair was just a quick "cover up" until the house was sold.  The cover worked in favor of the seller, unfortunately the buyer had to pay me to correct the problem.  I'm sure at the time the home inspector who inspected this home was unable to detect these faulty steps.  The steps revealed their true identity when the weather turned cold and they were unable to withstand freezing temperatures.  Freezing temperatures are the true test of any concrete or mortar situation.  Below is an after picture of the steps I didn't have my camera the day we demolished these steps so I don't have a before.   

 

 

Comments (4)

Annette Demers
Century21 American Homes - Morganton, NC

You did a nice Job on those steps!

Jul 24, 2009 02:33 PM
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Hi and welcome to Active Rain, agreat site to network, share, learn, and have fun. Good luck. And if you ever need an agent in the upstate of South Carolina, please call me.

Jul 24, 2009 03:32 PM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

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Jul 25, 2009 12:49 AM
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Joe.....Welcome to ActiveRain.  This is a great community to network with others as well a great place to learn from other's experiences and knowledge.  I've enjoyed it; I hope you enjoy it as well.

Jul 26, 2009 03:22 AM