13 Years Later!

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The other day, I'm doing a Kentucky Home Inspection in Georgetown, KY on a 13 year old house.  The seller was home.  I asked her if there were any problems she was aware of before I got started.  She said, "the heating bills are a bit high but that's all".

Lot's of tall walls (vaulted ceiling) in the house: living room, entry way, kitchen, master bedroom, second bedroom.

georgetown kentucky home inspector missing insulation

13 years later, as she's looking at spending a couple of thousand dollars to have the tall walls insulated (and wondering how much lower her heating and cooling bills would have been over the last 13 years), she's thinking, "BUT IT WAS NEW, I DIDN"T NEED AN INSPECTION!"

The builder is long gone. 

She had a choice. 

a.  $300 or so for a new construction inspection.

b.  $2,000 for insulation and unknown extra heating and cooling costs.

I wonder if she still thinks new construction doesn't need an inspection!

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Erby Crofutt
KY Lic# HI-2041
B4 U Close Home Inspections & Radon Testing
Georgetown, KY


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Erby. I agree that a few bucks well spent could have and probably would have saved thousands in 13 years. Oh well.....

Aug 06, 2011 01:29 AM #1
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

It proves the old saying "penny wise and pound foolish"! 

Aug 06, 2011 01:32 AM #2
Judith Abbott
Coldwell Banker Residential - Dallas, TX

The reason to have a home inspection is to get a neutral opinion of what the buyer is getting.  New home builders are just as biased about their product as any other seller.  Getting that neutral opinion protects them too.


Aug 06, 2011 01:49 AM #3

Erby-glad I came across this post, new construction inspection never entered my mind either.

Aug 06, 2011 01:51 AM #4
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

If she bought the home brand new, it's possible she didn't have Realtor representation. A Realtor would have encouraged her to have a new home inspection!

Aug 06, 2011 01:53 AM #5
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Erby, your Blog is spot on.

    A Buyer I worked with recently called in the Home Inspector on New Construction.  The Builder's Rep shrugged it off, said something to the effect of "For what?  Waste a couple hundred dollars".

   The Roofing Truss had several cracked boards.  In time, the boards would break, and the roof would be subject to sagging or deterioration. 

   Buyer was glad he hired the Inspector!



Aug 06, 2011 01:55 AM #6
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Oh yeah. There is so much wrong in just that one photo! A pre-purchase inspection would have put all the corrections on the table for negotiation and settlement before the close of the sale. 

Aug 06, 2011 07:13 AM #7
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

They just don't understand.  An ounce of prevention - type thing.


Aug 07, 2011 08:26 AM #8
Monica Hess
Feng Shui This Kentucky - Lexington, KY
Kentucky's Feng Shui Master

Gosh...it's amazing how easily a builder can walk away from something like this and just drop his check in the bank.  wow

May 19, 2013 12:27 AM #9
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