What lies beneath?

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What lies beneath? No I’m not referring to the movie were Harrison Ford plays the adulterous, murderous husband. I’m referring to the crawlspace your house is sitting on. Most people have no idea what’s going on in their crawlspace. They’ve never been down there and have no intentions of going down there.

Now stop and think about this. The crawlspace is the area between the ground and the first floor of your house. The air quality in your crawlspace affects the air quality in your house. The very supports that your house is built upon are in your crawlspace. Now take a look at the picture below.

complete crawlspace decay - JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team 

What do you see? Would you feel safe in this house? Is this the air quality you want your family to breathe? Of course not, but without a home inspection how would you know “what lies beneath”?

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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS - Professional Home Inspection Team
PO Box 357
Blakeslee, Pa 18610
(570) 262-7551




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Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com... - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

O, do we really want to know?  I could cost us some $$$$.  I have a basement.  Not to worry.

Jul 31, 2011 01:22 PM #1
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

It’s just one of those things you really do need to know before you buy or even rent a house. I couldn’t find one single solid piece of wood in that entire crawlspace. 

Jul 31, 2011 01:28 PM #2
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That there is one perty crawl!  And it's obvious that different people at different times have known that there are problems there and tried to fix them!  And for sure, the nose knows.

Aug 01, 2011 12:26 AM #3
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Jay the wood was actually dry rotted. I have never seen wood just dry out and rot like that. Almost everything I touched just broke off or crumbled. 

Aug 01, 2011 12:35 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

More good reasons to take a closer look before a home purchase.  We always recommend a professional home inspection to supplement the personal observations by the home buyers.

 Blooming for you!

Aug 01, 2011 04:41 AM #5
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Roy a triple thank you.

  • Thank you for being supportive of your local home inspectors.
  • Thank you for you visiting my post and leaving a comment. 
  • A very big thank you for the beautiful flowers.


Aug 01, 2011 05:03 AM #6
Jeremy Wrenn
Wrenn Home Improvements - Wake Forest, NC
President, Wrenn Home Improvements

Suesan, before I got into home repairs, I had no idea about home inspectors or what they did.  Now having been in this side of construction for the last 5 years (6 prior to that in commercial construction), I would recommend that people get inspections of their own home, even if they AREN'T selling.

That way at least we know what to fix!

Aug 07, 2011 08:36 AM #7
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I was in a house that looked amazing, but for some reason I always had a problem breathing in it. During the inspection, the inspector found mold, mold and more mold under the house. Which explained everything.

Aug 11, 2011 08:03 PM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

My previous house had a crawl space. I am glad to have a basement in my current home.

Jan 05, 2013 08:15 PM #9
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