Today's Home Inspection

Home Inspector with Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc.

OK well today I performed another Home Inspection on a brand new home. This home was just completed by the builder and in fact the settlement is not until tomorrow.  The home owner is a very nice young single mom.  This is a very nice (gorgeous) in my opinion) 3500 sq ft single family with finished basement, 2 car garage and all the bells and whistles.  OK well the girl was told that it is a waste of her money to get a Home Inspection on this house because it was brand new.  Well as a Professional Maryland Home Inspector and ex-builder I told her "I beg to differ".  I informed her that since this is going to be one of the biggest investments of her life, that a few hundred dollars for an unbiased, third party trained professionals opinion/assessment would prove to be a wise move.  OK so she agreed and we did the inspection.

 As a rule of thumb I typically start on the outside.  So as she walked with me the first thing I see is the ground wire sticking outside just dangling and NOT connected to the ground rod.  OK so we proceed to walk around the 1st corner and BAM there is the backside of the chiming and what do we see?  well a hole in the ground next to the foundation about 3 feet deep, 2 feet long and 2 feet wide, just waiting for some rain to fill up with water and no place to go except for inside the house.  We continue walking around the house and I point out that there are NO splash blocks on any of the downspouts.  OK well between the hole and the missing splash blocks I sure hope the builder gets these deficiencies corrected before the next rain. 

 OK now we round the front corner and are standing on the driveway looking at the garage and what do we see? 
a piece of trim around one of the garage doors with a 12" split in it.  The split appears to have been caused from a screw used to attach it was tightened a bit to hard.

OK so we now proceed to the inside.  I take off my shoes as that is standard practice if the ground outside was a bit muddy.  For the most part everything was beautiful and in good working order other than a few items.  The Gas fireplace did not operate at all.

OK well I will end here with my 2 cents that ALL homes whether Brand New or Many years old can use a good Home Inspectionby an experienced, Licensed, and well trained Professional Home Inspector.

Comments (10)

Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Evening Jim

Thanks for the post and information. Have a great day.

Feb 10, 2011 12:15 PM
Jim Keilson
Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc. - Gaithersburg, MD
Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing.

Hey Patrick, glad you like the post.  I noticed you are in Brooklyn, that is where my wife is from originally. Sheepshead Bay to be exact.  She has been in Maryland with me for 25 years though.

Hope the market is doing well for you there my friend.

Feb 10, 2011 12:22 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Jim welcome to Active Rain.  I came here via Russel's blog.  Interesting post-would love to see pictures of some of the things you mention.

Feb 23, 2011 05:36 AM
Dale Ganfield
Leland, NC

Hi Jim, I agree all homes, new or previously owned, should have a home inspection.  Russel's post sent me your way,  Good luck on A/R.

Feb 23, 2011 06:02 AM
Tommy Taylor
Taylor Properties & - Kerrville, TX
CNE- Texas Hill Country Realtor

Hey Jim- I was reading Russel Ray's blog and saw that you were new to AR and just wanted to swing by and say "HI" and welcome you aboard. You won't be disappointed in Ar as long as you are active within the "community".

Feb 23, 2011 04:57 PM
Jim Keilson
Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc. - Gaithersburg, MD
Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing.

Thanks for the kind welcome Tommy..:)

Feb 24, 2011 06:22 AM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Hi Jim, I'm here via Russel Ray's post. Welcome to AR. I'm also an InterNACHI inspector and I recognized the article you posted. I tend to use any of their articles very sparingly, no matter how well written or comprehensive they might be.

You want the search engines see your site and make it visible, but they are looking for original content. The NACHI article are all over the web so they won't count.


How did Russel Ray invite you to join AR. He's on the other side of the country?

Feb 24, 2011 12:58 PM
Jim Keilson
Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc. - Gaithersburg, MD
Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing.

Hey Bob, thanks for stopping by my fellow Inspector.  Sometimes it is not all about search engines and spreading some good and useful info is a good thing as it does get seen by many good people here.  Russel found me because I am all over the place..hahaha:)

Feb 25, 2011 12:49 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Welcome aboard Jim, Russel said to stop by and so here I am.  You will be amazed at the information willingly shared on AR.  Have fun.

Feb 25, 2011 02:53 AM
Jim Keilson
Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc. - Gaithersburg, MD
Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing.

Thanks Liz.  Yeah I have met some great people here so far and have started a few good relationships with a few Agents and brokers.  We have already done a few great Home Inspections with them and all turned out great (went to closing).

Feb 25, 2011 07:14 AM