Winterize a Home ? | Home Inspections Seattle- Bellevue- Everett

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Winterize a Home ? | Home Inspection Seattle - Bellevue- Everett

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Is is worth it to winterize a home (when dealing with owners that don't care)

In the past 3 Home Inspections that have involved bank owned winterized homes, all 3 had problems once the water was turned back on (and no I wasn't the one turning on valves) .  The problems would not have occurred if the homes had remained heated and the water left active. In addition, each of these transactions was delayed at least 1-2 weeks while waiting for the banks crew and local utilities to get the water turned back on.

Last week I went to inspect a home in the Seattle, Bellevue, Everett area that overall was in excellent condition. The banks crew had turned the water on with the washing machine valves left open. They said it was turned off quickly.

 water soaked carpeting and pad, home inspections bellevue

The carpeting was soaked near the source. Other areas did not feel wet. When viewed with an infrared camera, it was evident that the water had seeped under the walls and carpet pad in 3 rooms up to 10 feet away.









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Water had also seeped thru the subfloor and has soaked the drywall of the Family room below. As shown in this image, the water has also soaked into the drywall taping seams. The probable repair cost to this home will be at least $2,000-3,000. The cost to not winterize the home and pay minimal utility bills would have been far most cost effective. Also, selling a home with heat active is much easier than selling when it is 30 deg F inside !
















Comments (3)

Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

We really don't have that problem here, but I can understand how it can be a problem. I have a house in Virginia and the only reason I haven't kicked out my non paying tenant is because the heat is on. :)

Jan 04, 2011 04:31 AM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

It's the old adage, save a penny spend a buck

Someday they will learn

Enjoy the day

Jan 04, 2011 04:36 AM
Suzanne Taylor
Ultima Real Estate - Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi, TX
Home Sales In Corpus Christi, TX

So true, seems so silly to do that here in South Texas.  We also have the problem that if the electricity has been off more than three months, an electrical inspection must be performed by the city before the electric company can turn the power on.  Makes it very hard to do inspections.

Jan 04, 2011 04:36 AM

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