Siding Guy, Meet Vent Guy

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

Arriving at a final inspection of a new construction, to a house no where near ready for us, practically before even saying hello to Coral Gundlach, the Realtor, I playfully had to show her this!  It kind of set the tone for the day...

Now, how fun is that!?

A siding guy simply wouldn't do this to his siding job.

And this vent guy simply doesn't know how to cut properly through a siding job to set a vent.

I think this is one of those post-facto things that happens when details are forgotten along the way.  It indicates improper configuration management, where one trade is scheduled before another.

Surely it was known that the kitchen was to have a vent through the wall.  And the time to cut that vent, really, is BEFORE the siding goes up!

A siding guy is very able to situate his product around a given opening.

A vent guy is not so able to situate his vent through already-installed siding.

At least it's delightfully level!  OK, maybe not so level.  And it does kind of look beat up.  And it's not flashed.  And it only has one attachment (the nail in the lower right corner).  And the flap doesn't open properly.  But hey, details, details!

At this point the siding guy is going to have to remove at least three pieces of siding to reconfigure around this vent.  But what can the vent guy do to improve this?

Who cares!  I, for one, would not trust him to do so.  Geez o' flip, get a different guy!

My recommendation:  despite the Realtor's doing everything right in scheduling this final walk through, well in advance, the supervisor was "at least a day off" (his words) and not quite ready for the inspection.  Workers were everywhere, the place was a mess, and we will have to go back to finish up what we couldn't that day.  But even if he was ready, this vent is an example of how you NOT want your final product displayed to your customer!

 

 

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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

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Jason - was it the post that gave you that feeling?  There are more too, my friend!

Cynthia - or at somebody!  He made his mark, that is for sure!

Feb 18, 2011 11:03 AM #72
Rainmaker
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

So Jay – you mean that’s not the way it’s typically done in your state? 

Feb 18, 2011 11:04 AM #73
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This is becoming the new normal, Sue, like so many things in our country...

And none of the new normal is good!

Feb 18, 2011 11:08 AM #74
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Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers

Good evening, Jay. Well... that is a pretty sad looking vent job. (Definitely hire a new vent guy!)

Feb 18, 2011 11:25 AM #75
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I kind of thought so too, Bill, but apparently I was in the vast minority.

Feb 18, 2011 11:41 AM #76
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Uncle Bob! He disguised himself as the vent guy and snuck onto the job site. Or it could be crappy work by a crappy contractor.

Feb 18, 2011 12:10 PM #77
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I'm going with the latter Jim.  Wouldn't new construction be kind of out of Uncle Bob's M.O.?  He's more of a remodeling type.

Feb 18, 2011 12:16 PM #78
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

That's one of the nastiest vent terminations ever.  Betcha anything the repair involves a tube of caulk and nothing else.

Feb 18, 2011 01:17 PM #79
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Duck tape seems to fix most things....

Thank,s

 

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Feb 18, 2011 02:42 PM #80
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Don Hintz
2D-enterprises / HAUS Design, LLC - Anderson, IN

Ouch!  Talk about embarassing.  All to common though.  Proper plaaning prevents poor performance.

Feb 18, 2011 03:00 PM #81
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Eric Middleton
Closer Look Property Inspections Inc. - Uniondale, NY
Professional Property Inspector

Jay- I've seen some bad jobs, but there's no way they could make that work!

Feb 18, 2011 03:34 PM #82
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And some real wide J tracks, a different color Reubs!  No kidding.

Thinking so myself, I was disappointed Patricia when I didn't see any.

And alliteration makes things not only fun to say, but a pretty good point too Don!

Eric - nice to see you!  Tap, tap here.  Glue, glue there.  A little caulk, some fingernail polish and boom!

Feb 18, 2011 08:49 PM #83
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Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

I bet you see this sort of stuff more then you would care to Jay.

Feb 19, 2011 05:15 AM #84
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, yes Bob!  I do, both in old and new construction!

Feb 19, 2011 05:25 AM #85
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Renée Montgomery
Century 21 New Millennium - Warrenton, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

Urban Dictionary definition for Geez-O-Flip:

"An accepted variation of saying "Jesus Christ" within circles in the Washington DC area."

I thought I was the only one that used that term! I just knew you were a local. I bet you also say "Warshington"

 

Feb 20, 2011 12:09 PM #86
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, Renee, I don't know how the one phrase translates into the other!  If I thought I was speaking lightly of the Lord I would not use the phrase!  I was born at GW Hospital downtown (our family came to the Washington area in 1737) and do not put the R in Washington!

Feb 20, 2011 01:01 PM #87
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay, The early bird gets the worm, but in this case the vent.

Good luck in 2011

Clint

Feb 20, 2011 09:32 PM #88
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This was one sorry vent Clint.  And thanks!

Feb 20, 2011 09:43 PM #89
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Jay, another example of why a proper home inspection is vital when contemplating purchasing a home.  Thanks for sharing this example with us. 

Feb 21, 2011 11:40 PM #90
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Chris - you are welcome!  Wow, you really made the blog rounds this morning...  I'm glad you did!

Feb 21, 2011 11:44 PM #91
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