New Construction Inspection Picture of the Day - Crickets and Fasteners

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Home Inspector with Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas

New Construction Inspection Picture of the Day - Crickets and Fasteners

As a home inspector in the Austin area I get to do my fair share of New Construction Home Inspections.  Last week I was asked to inspect a home in Liberty Hill, TXLiberty Hill is a small community about 15 minutes west of Georgetown and just over 30 miles north of Austin.  Though small, this community has seen it's fair share of growth over the past few years.  When I'm asked to do a Home Inspection in Liberty Hill about half the time the home is New ConstructionChimney - Liberty Hill, TX

While on the roof I came across a cricket behind the chimney that was not properly fastened.  From a few feet away it looked OK.  But up close it was easy to see that the cricket had not been properly secured to the roof structure.

Cricket Fasteners - Liberty Hill, TXThe chimney on this home was very close to the end of the ridge and it required the builder to more precisely fit the chimney flashing and cricket.  Instead, it appears, that the builder or the builder's contractor took a short cut here.  That happens a lot.  There are very few builders I know of these days that actually check the work of their contractors.  Often, much of the work required to finish a New Home goes unchecked. 

If you're buying a New Home and you haven't been on the roof you're in good company.  Because, most likely neither has the builder or his superintendent!  So, I recommend that you ask someone to do it for you.  There are many great Home Inspectors in the Austin, Georgetown and Liberty Hill area that will do it for you......and them. 

Thanks for checking in and have a great day,

Andy Chaudoir - Professional Inspection Services

"Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas"

512-632-3232 - www.centexinspections.com

Comments (3)

Mark Hitz
Keller Williams - The Colony, TX

Ok Andy ~ I'll admit that I have no clue what a Roof Cricket is.  Does it have to do with the flashing?

Sep 08, 2010 05:32 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good catch! You are right. Not too many builders follow up on their contractors...

Sep 08, 2010 09:35 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's always a good idea to get a home inspection on new construction - and you can see why.... somebody needs to be looking out for the buyers.

Sep 09, 2010 02:59 PM