This Is A Holey Post (I Said "Holey", not "Holy")

By
Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

Water is THE killer of houses, inside and out.  The outside of the house comes with an exterior "skin," which is supposed to keep that water OUT of the house.  That skin develops in different forms, shapes and materials, and all combine, ostensibly, to keep the water out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are two of four such "skin" features on this new construction.  You have seen this house before!  AND these are two of four similar features, each with EXACTLY the same problem! 

Can you see the problem?  Look closely and where that small roof detail on the front ends in the corner, the materials do not reach the end.  On all four features there is something that looks like this:

The "skin" has a hole in it!  Water gets into that hole and infests the bare wood inside.  It will cause rot.  The rot will cause structural damage.  The structural damage will cause future repairs.  The future repairs will happen AFTER the builder's "warranty" expires (they know that).  After said expiration the homeowner will be on the hook to repair it, necessarily sooner rather than later.

THE LONGER THE HOMEOWNER WAITS THE MORE IT WILL COST!

What's wrong here, and in all four locations?  The drip edge, the protective, white horizontal piece of metal under the shingles, should extend all the way to the end and be cut to fit the space at the end.  That's the part that requires care and professional skill!*  Then a PROPER caulking should be applied where needed.  The shingle should not be cut to overlap that end.  It will dry out, crack and/or blow off, and take more shingle with it, so a larger gap can open up later.

To see this from the street you need a home inspector's eye.  And if you use THIS home inspector his eye will be accompanied with a Canon 20X Image-Stabilizing Binocular to bring those spots close and right into steady focus!  That binocular isn't cheap, but very, very effective!!  That little tool can also make it convenient for the client to get up close and personal with what the inspector is describing too!

When is the best time to catch these little anomalies?  BEFORE THE CLOSING!!

My recommendation:  Always, always, always hire an experienced home inspector on new construction.  What can look pretty from the street may actually be a ticking time bomb waiting to explode one day as you look up and discover a sagging roof!  Or missing materials!  Or, believe it or not, carpenter ant or termite damage!

* While you might expect care and professional skill from your builder, it is not always forthcoming.  Finding that in today's 7-11 Construction Worker Pool is about like hoping to find a fine tailor in the WalMart Men's Department.  Ain't happenin' !!

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Jay,

I was bidding on a big job yesterday and the potential client ended up with someone who agreed to do two properties, high cost deal, for less than what I would charge for one of the houses. Way under what anyone I know would charge. I bet they will get quite the report.

Nov 21, 2010 02:21 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I hear you my friend.  And with all the experience that comes with both of those reports!  Steve, just two days ago a client for whom I did a pre-drywall and final on another house, and a pre-drywall on this house, went with another inspector for the final inspection who was $120 cheaper than I!  I'm thinking, why, is $120 that important to save and get an unknown quantity?  It is an $850K house and in the SAME neighborhood at the house in this and the previous posts!

Nov 21, 2010 02:25 AM #10
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

@ Steve, That happens all the time. People some how believe that when paying less they are going to be getting the same thing. I have a sample report on my web site and ask the price shoppers have they looked at it or any other one for that matter. Most answer NO. They got the phone number and called, no research. To me this is laziness and a sign of our desire for everything to be quick.

Jay, These people obviously do not recognize the value of your service and mistakenly think cost and value are the same.

Nov 21, 2010 02:32 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sure, I get it Jim.  It is disturbing to assume that all home inspectors are red apples.  Are optometrists?  Or plumbers?  Or English teachers?  Well, you know what happens when we ASSume!

Nov 21, 2010 02:36 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Valerie - I would expect very few home buyers in a thousand would have noticed that.  And maybe not many others.  That exposed space is less than 2" square.

Nov 21, 2010 03:45 AM #14
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jay, but covering those difficult areas properly takes time----time is money remember.

Nov 21, 2010 05:34 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And you might have to even use a snip Charlie!  Imagine, the time demands in that!  The horror... the horror...

Nov 21, 2010 05:40 AM #16
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Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA
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Jay, I am so glad I found you. You are my "Mike Holmes' on Homes"... and I can "type" to you. Thank you. Another great blog!

Nov 21, 2010 02:30 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Guess if it were holy...it would have been blessed without holes,,,,,

Nov 21, 2010 09:40 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Lydie - well, thanks!  I am glad you enjoy the posts.  But you realize I am not making this up - I am just showing you what's out there!

Sally - that's a pretty good way to think about it.  Houses would be more "holy" if people practiced the Golden Rule.

Nov 21, 2010 10:15 PM #19
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Stephanie Williams, Realtor Murrells Inlet
Seaside Properties - Murrells Inlet, SC

Thanks for today's lesson.  I have subscribed to your blog so I can keep learning!

Nov 22, 2010 03:49 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Stephanie and I am glad you ARE learning!  That makes it all much more fun and very worthwhile!

Nov 22, 2010 08:12 AM #21
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Mike Weber
Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado - Fort Collins, CO
40+ years in Northern Colorado

That home is full of lessons.  Water is the enemy even in our reasonably dry climate.  Snow load and runoff are big concerns.  Thanks for sharing the details of this home.

Nov 23, 2010 03:40 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Of course it is Mike!  I bet you don't have a lot of flat roofs out there!

Nov 23, 2010 06:50 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Mike Weber
Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado - Fort Collins, CO
40+ years in Northern Colorado

we have very few flat roofs here, Jay, and the ones we do have scare me.

Nov 23, 2010 10:08 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I bet!  How many inches (feet) of snow do you get each winter? 

Nov 23, 2010 10:11 AM #25
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Mike Weber
Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado - Fort Collins, CO
40+ years in Northern Colorado

Where I live now, we only average about 60", but I spent 7 years livving at 9300' and getting 240" on average.

Nov 24, 2010 02:16 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, point your finger at your head, twirl it in circles and whistle!

Nov 24, 2010 10:14 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Sam Fischer
Coeur d'Alene, ID

As the previous owner of two brand new houses, I never once thought of hiring an inspector. I really could have used one on my second house for sure! Paid the price in later but in labor, not dollars. Live and learn I did!

Nov 26, 2010 07:14 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And, Sam, life experience can be a cruel but effective teacher.

Nov 26, 2010 09:13 AM #29
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