What You See Outside Often Translates Inside

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

When walking around the outside of a house, very often I will see something that looks like it will demand attention inside.  The clues are there, sometimes more subtle than others, but what you see outside often translates inside.

Can you see the problem here?  This is a six year old house. 

The homeowner recently attached that downspout extender there.

Difficult to see from this angle is the slope of the ground.

Water from that downspout used to flow directly to the window well at the wall.

Even with the extender in place it still goes there.

Proper grading is essential to the well being of a house.

You can extend downspout water away from the house all you want, but if you do nothing about the grading it will come back!  Water ALWAYS flows where it is told to flow!

And houses don't make very effective boats!

 That erosion hole is about 1' wide and I could see down about 2'.  Where do you think that water pressure is sending the water?

Right to the basement!

Now, imagine what would be going on if that basement was finished!?

It's good to find that out now, during a home inspection!

At this point it is a little thing.  It's easy to fix at this point, and it is exceptionally important to do so!

Not hard to see, but important to point out!  The client looked right at it and had no idea that it could be a problem. 

Well, it is!

My recommendation:  if you see something going on outside that may be a problem inside, make a note.  You might just find out how prescient you can be too!

 

 

 

 

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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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Rainer
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Good Eye for spotting a potential problem such as this.

Good Heart for opening lines of cummunication to both the seller & buyer(s) to get it resolved.

Aug 01, 2011 02:10 AM #123
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And, VC, I think this is a fairly easy one to fix.  Thanks!

Aug 01, 2011 02:24 AM #124
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Rob Smith
Rob Smith Property Investigations - Jefferson City, MO

Hello Jay.  Rainwater management is one of the most important considerations to home health and safety.  A little water in the wrong place, over a long enough time, can cause shifting foundations, mold, insects, and many other concerns.  Thanks for another great post!!

Aug 01, 2011 03:35 AM #125
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Rob.  Sure is.  Water is THE killer of houses, inside and out.

Aug 01, 2011 05:00 AM #126
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Ben Blonder
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What a great post! It amazes me how often little problems are unnoticed by clients and only become an issue after I point them out or the inspection does. Bravo.

Aug 01, 2011 05:43 AM #127
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Ben.  That's why buyers hire home inspectors!  And they should get an experienced one!

Aug 01, 2011 05:45 AM #128
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Jerimiah Taylor
Keller Williams Southern Arizona - Tucson, AZ

Yikes!!!

 

It's interesting to see the different issues you guys encounter, here we have no basements!

Aug 01, 2011 07:03 AM #129
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That's what I thought Jerimiah!  But the client and realtor were not impressed, until I explained it!

Aug 01, 2011 07:05 AM #130
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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That is such an easy fix & I'm sure the seller hasn't fixed other things that needed attention on this house. The gutter extension is a good idea but still that's not the fix & it doesn't even cost that much money.

I would just like to add here that when a house looks half-arsed on the outside, the inside is definately the same way. Mr. Home Depot probably lives here only he doesn't know the 1st think about fixing anything. He does have their credit card though just in case he might need it for something!

Aug 01, 2011 09:41 AM #131
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Wow Lyn.  You don't even need a hammer!  You hit that nail in with your fingertips!

Aug 01, 2011 12:01 PM #132
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Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
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Excellent information, no matter what those temporary fixes never work out.

Aug 01, 2011 01:46 PM #133
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Kathy.  What isn't supposed to last long usually doesn't!

Aug 01, 2011 01:54 PM #134
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Debra Gould
Staging Diva / Six Elements Inc. - Toronto, ON
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Great post. The same can be said of the need for curb appeal. If the outside looks like the property isn't clean and well maintained, that scares off would be buyers who will rightly suspect that this is a symptom of how little care is taken by the current owners overall.

While home stagers don't address the underlying issues that a home inspector will catch, we do recommend that obvious defects are addressed and that visually the home shows at its best, both inside and out.

Aug 02, 2011 06:18 AM #135
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Debra - it is probable that most people don't recognize that staging a house is from the outside in, like you do!  That should be on all of your literature!

Aug 02, 2011 06:22 AM #136
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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Good post.  Most people do not think of little things like a minor grading issue as causing big problems, but they do.

Aug 02, 2011 09:09 AM #137
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Grading is always a huge issue Gene.  Except perhaps in the driest desert, and then blowing sand becomes grading!

Aug 02, 2011 09:14 AM #138
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Michele Norris
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Jay,

What a great example--The home inspection is huge, and it's obvious that you know what you're doing! Best to you, Michele

Aug 03, 2011 02:54 PM #139
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Michele - what could be huger than the inspection!?    ;>)  And thanks!

 

Aug 03, 2011 11:52 PM #140
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Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
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Aloha! Inspectors like you are the reason why buyers should never perform their own inspection... The value of a professional that offers knowledge and experience is priceless!

Aug 08, 2011 10:15 PM #141
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Aloha Monique.  Thanks, and people sometimes do bring their own relatives or somebody to look at the house with them.  It's not the same thing!

Aug 08, 2011 10:34 PM #142
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