Bad Choices?

Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

It is said that hind sight is 20/20. I couldn't agree more. It is easy to look back on a significant event in life and play arm chair quarterback. Caught up in the moment, we make what we feel is the best decision at the time.

A roof that should have been replaced, long, long agoThen there is denial.

While performing an inspection recently, I couldn't help but think, was the homeowner making wise repair choices.

Climbing onto the roof, the inspection began with the house clearly in need of a new roof covering. This was not one of those borderline conditions where the covering could last a little while before replacement. No, this was it should have been done long, long ago.

While the roof continues to degrade, a new deck was built.Even gingerly walking on the roof, it sounded like treading on a bowl of Rice Crispies. I was told when I came back down, the crunching could be heard from the ground.

The house was built in 1973. I am 99.9999% certain this is the original covering.

The siding and trim was also in poor condition, yet not to the same degree. Walking the exterior I came around to the back of the house to find a brand new deck.

It seemed an odd choice considering what I had seen so far on the exterior.

Newer kitchen with granite counter topsOn the interior, things were in a some what similar condition with the exception of the newer kitchen complete with granite counter tops. It again seemed an odd choice when the bathroom tub, the only place to bath, leaked tremendously into the half bath / laundry below.

While I certainly can not know someone's situation in life, even when poking through their home, I can't help but believe that there are instances where various decisions may not be solely based in reality.


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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

"Amenities"are the factor that drives most home owners. They tend to forget the all around home maintenance till it's way too late. Looks like they could use a set of Zinc strips on the roof when they replace it.

Have a wonderful day in Connecticut my friend.

Best, Clint McKie 

Oct 09, 2012 10:19 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- when I'm providing a staging consultation cleaning, editing and repairing are first on the list.  Putting in a new kitchen in a house that is in need of repair and updating in other areas is like putting lipstick on a pig. (no offense to pigs).

Oct 09, 2012 10:50 PM #2
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Lipstick on a pig is a great way to put it.  Who cares about granite in the kitchen if the roof leaks?

Oct 10, 2012 12:54 AM #3
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Those are truly odd choices.  I love a crunchy roof!

So, after all is said and done, you are not sure about the age of the roof, are you?

Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM #4
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Clint, It s almost always form over function with homeowners.

Kathy, Exactly. And don't worry about offending pigs, they haven't learned to read :)

Kathryn, You would think, but there it is.

Jay, Not really, I have a doubt :)

Oct 11, 2012 09:44 PM #5
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