Is brick and morter forever? Not really.

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Is brick and mortar forever? Not really.

When prospective buyers are looking at properties, they want a siding that will last forever. Or at least what they think is forever. The less maintenance cost's the better.

Here are a couple of examples of not maintaining your property for the buyer.

It's the little things you need to pay attention to.

Crack in Brick wall.

This home is for sale. And the home owner say's it's no big deal. Then it should have been reapired before I showed up.

Missing mortar, hole in wall.

This picture is showing the missing mortar from the joints of the brick siding.

This is an open hole leading into the wall cavity. This could have let in Rodents or even worse, Bees or termites.

Remember when looking at a home with Brick siding. Check out all the joints. It may be in the need of a lot of re "Tuck pointing". There are a lot of other shots of these types of problems, but they are easily resolved with a little maintenance.

Happy Holidays every one.

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Clint  McKie

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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, Clint. As the others have said, this is quite common to see during the home inspection process...

Dec 10, 2011 12:05 AM #12
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Clint, is this a difficult repair?  We see it here too, in fact I see it in a brick planter on the front of my house.

Dec 10, 2011 12:16 AM #13
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Clint, owning a home is a responsibility, maintenance is a must, thanks for the post.

Dec 10, 2011 12:21 AM #14
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Like your down home folksy analysis about if it is not a big deal, fix it so I don't have to report it! Well said. Also like your comment about a pre-inspection. In today's market, especially in Florida where inventory is high, you need every advantage! Enjoy your day!

Dec 10, 2011 12:28 AM #15
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Hi Clint,

So you prefer Vinyl to brick?  Or just maintain your brick?  I think people in general just need to realize they have to maintain and take care of their homes over the years.  It will show up in the end if you don't.  Nice series you have going here.  Hope your Saturday is great, I'm getting ready to go hiking.

Dec 10, 2011 12:43 AM #16
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Clint...common problem we come across all the time. Some sellers will address it ans some are just hard heads! Thanks for the post and have a nice day!

Dec 10, 2011 01:38 AM #17
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Mr. Bond,

In a highrise tuckpointing can get very expensive. You need to inspect those structures every six months to make sure you stay on top of what is needed as far as any maintenance issues.

Have a great day Roger.

Hi Roy and Delores,

Thanks for the Plug. Looks like the guy on the horse in the back ground coul'nt get out of there fast enough. I guess he did'nt like the music. LOL

Have a good weekend in Kentlands my friend.

Hi Rob,

With al the issues with homes, buyers can be picky. That's why you need a pre inspection. So the buyers can't find anything to try and negotiate with.

Have a great day in Bristol Tennessee my  friend. 

Hello Michael,

This is why I am posting baout it. To bring more attention to the needs of the home by the homeowner. A little maintenance goes a long way.

Have a good day in Nashville.

Hi Mona,

Not Really, you just need to decide if you want a "quick fix" or a long term repair.

E-mail me and I will tell you how to repair the cracks.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 10, 2011 02:31 AM #18
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi David,

Nice of you to drop in. Homeowners really don't have a clue to what it takes to own a home and the maintenance issues that come with it.

Just trying to spread the word. Have a nice day and thanks for the comment.

Hi Wayne,

Can you say pre listing inspection? Here they think you are trying to get an extra inspection. But I rarely do a pre listing and then the home inspection. In fact I can't ever recall one.

Best, Clint Mckie

Hello Cindy,

Paper or plastic? LOL I prefer brick on the exterior walls. but inside the entry's and porches I prefer Vinyl. I think it's a little too cold for hiking here. But we did go last weekend.

Planning to go again when it warms up a little.

Have a great day in Tennessee.

Hi Keith,

You could'nt more correct. Some just want to stay the way it is and let the new owner deal with the problems. They don't realize how much it's costing them in the long run.

Have a great day. And have some crabs for me. MMMM good.

Best, Clint Mckie



Dec 10, 2011 02:44 AM #19
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Terrific post Clint.  Getting sellers to agree to correct any problems prior to putting their home on the market is usually an extremely difficult task and then they cannot believe it when an offer comes in too low.

Dec 10, 2011 04:24 AM #20
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Al,

Say it like this "spend a little now, or cost you a lot more later".

Most will say we will "wait and see". After it goes that far, they have already lost money.

Have a great evening in Ormond by the Sea.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 10, 2011 11:09 AM #21
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Clint.

That is a common problem in some areas of Long Island...

Have a great day.

Dec 10, 2011 10:37 PM #22
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Clint ...came back by to see if you had fixed this problem yet!

Have a great day!

Dec 10, 2011 11:56 PM #23
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Clint, this would send up a red flag for me and my buyers to get an expert on this right away!

Dec 11, 2011 05:14 AM #24
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Joshua,

I think this is a problem everywhere there are homes with brick.

Setteling is the biggest problem. Have a great night in Ormond by the Sea.

Hi Rob,

Good to see you back again. No not fixed yet, but still workin' on it. LOL

Have a great day in Bristol my friend.

Hello Joan,

Nice of you to drop by, this type of damage or repairs that are needed send up "red flags" no matter what kind of home it is.

This home ended up having a engeneer look at it.

best, for you in Denver, Clint mcKie


Dec 11, 2011 11:56 AM #25
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Clint, great post.  And for showing no it is not just cosmetic!

Dec 11, 2011 10:01 PM #26
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Thank you Bob,

We had to have an engineer look at this home. Results were a failing foundation for the addition where the crack was found.Not a good thing for the buyers. Let alone the seller was not very happy either. :)

Have a great day my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 11, 2011 10:30 PM #27
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Clint, So many things can be prevented by doing regular inspections of our home.  By catching things early and completing the necessary maintenance, we can often avoid major PROBLEMS.  Thanks for "pointing" this out.  Happy Holidays and best wishes always.

Dec 12, 2011 04:28 AM #28
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Thank you Richard,

I have been recommending even home owners get a ten year inspection. This way they can keep up on what they may or may not need to get repaired before it gets to the "point" of no return.

Have a great Holiday season in beautiful Mission Viejo California.

All my best, Clint and family.

Dec 12, 2011 09:55 PM #29
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Wow Clint, those bricks, cracked in half, would seem to be a big deal to me

Dec 16, 2011 05:36 AM #30
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Chris,

They were and it was a big deal.

We had to get an engineer in there to look at the home. There was some setteling of the foundation that caused the damage in the first picture.

Thanks for the visit and stay warm in Canada my friend.

Best for the holiday season.

Clint Mckie

Dec 17, 2011 01:26 AM #31
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