THIS is why you have a home inspection!

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THIS is why you have a home inspection!

It is tempting to save money when buying a house by skipping inspections. This is a perfect example of why you should have a home inspection.

I had a showing today at a cute little home that had some nice upgrades and a nice deck off the kitchen. This is a picture of the support system under the deck. It was only view able if you looked between the boards. I don't believe the homeowner was trying to deceive anyone. This deck project was most likely a do-it-yourself job. Which sometimes means that it isn't up to proper safety code.

I'm not a home inspector, but I believe after a few years of rain pouring downhill coupled with movement of the deck associated with regular use and this could lead to a potential disaster.

A home inspector will go over the house and look in areas you wouldn't normally think to look. They can spot problems that could jeopardize your largest financial investment.


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Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

A little caulk will help shore everything up :)

Apr 30, 2012 06:15 PM #24
K.C. McLaughlin
RE/MAX United - Cary, NC
Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC

Damn - How scary is THAT! I always demand a home inspection. If you cannot afford the home inspection, why are you buying the house? Survey is SO important as well. I have seen many cases where fences were put up wrong or driveways (on an end unit townhome) went over the lines. Well worth the $300. 


Thanks for sharing - very effective picture.



Apr 30, 2012 08:43 PM #25
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Wow.  That is seriously scary!!  I have had one buyer pass on the inspection, but only one.  Thankfully nothing happened.  Good post.  

Apr 30, 2012 09:32 PM #26
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

A home inspector will see things that most buyers and many Realtors wouldn't notice, even if it's right in front of you. Than can also tell you if something is not a big deal, even if the buyer thinks it is!

Apr 30, 2012 09:33 PM #27
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And not a single piece of duct tape.  What were they thinking?

Decks are one of the most common problems I run into, and usually because the "installer" saw something on a DIY show and thought it was an easy project.  They got it done in a half an hour on the show!

Apr 30, 2012 09:46 PM #28
Dale Samples
304.741.4705 • - Charleston, WV
REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini

That is what caught my eye, no duct tape. What good project doesn't have duct tape involved?

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Apr 30, 2012 10:36 PM #29
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dale, some of those pillars look like they are leaning already. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

Apr 30, 2012 10:48 PM #30
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

That is the worst support for a deck I have ever seen.  Very scary indeed!

Apr 30, 2012 11:14 PM #31
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Looks like an old mobile home support system!!  35 years ago in a previous life...the old shake shingle could shim up the blocks nice and tight...but this support system is somewhere between horrendous and dangerous.

Apr 30, 2012 11:22 PM #32
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

What were they thinking? OK, maybe that is a bit rhetorical... Inspections check for lots of faults including faulty thinking or no thinking!

Apr 30, 2012 11:29 PM #33
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I agree on the point that most people are not trying to deceive anyone...very true. They take something to a certain point and then leave it there. That works for them. The next guy comes in and has a problem with it...good post

Apr 30, 2012 11:56 PM #34
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Dale, I always push home inspections and have the buyers sign off that I did just that.

May 01, 2012 12:32 AM #35
Jamey "Milly" Milheiser
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. - Appleton, WI

I agree with you!  Thanks for the blog.

May 01, 2012 01:00 AM #36
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Dale, at first I didn't see it. I thought that it was just a lot of debris that someone left after the job. Then I realized the debris was part of the support for the structure.... Scary!!!

May 01, 2012 01:07 AM #37
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Great advice! Most folks see fresh paint & pretty fixtures & think it's a beauty!

May 01, 2012 02:09 AM #38
Dale Samples
304.741.4705 • - Charleston, WV
REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini

THank you everyone for the comments. The worst part is, this is built on a hillside so it could end up down the hill at some point with the rain water rushing past it.

May 01, 2012 03:51 AM #39
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Eeeks! I have had some new homes with exactly the same problem. I always encourage a home inspection even on new construction. A picture is worth a thousand words.

May 01, 2012 07:04 AM #40
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Holy Moley!  That picture is scary.  Do you mind if I use it to show my client the value of a home inspection?

May 01, 2012 07:05 AM #41
Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Dale -- I can't imagine any buyer NOT getting a home inspection. That is a dangerous situation you pictured. Home buyers must also get NEW construction inspected as well. They think since everything is new, everything is right!  Not always the case!

May 01, 2012 10:39 AM #42
Andrew McDavid Jr.
A&M Investments - Charleston, WV

Great post Dale!!

May 05, 2012 07:09 AM #43
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