Building after the fact. Home inspection results. Builder in trouble.

Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

Building after the fact. Home inspection results. Builder in trouble.

There are times when I know for sure a builder has been circumventing the building inspector.

This means the builder did something he was not supposed to do after the building inspector was there and gave the home a clean bill of health an rendered a Certificate of occupancy.

This is the most critical piece of documentation for the builder. The Certificate of occupancy means the home can now be sold and the new home owners can move in.

But what happens after the inspector was at the home can be anyone's guess.

I did get the chance to get to talk to the sellers as they were leaving. I asked if they has a home inspection completed back in 2006 when they bought the home.

They said "No, we bought it from the builder, we have been really happy with the home". Red flag every time.

I then moved forward with the inspection.

When I got to the upstairs and the bed and bath area I did noptice making the turn from the landing in the stairway there was a doorway.

This was not just any doorway.

This is a door way to the closet. No big deal right?

But take a look at the base of the door. What is below the door?


Door way unsafe.

This doorway opens up to the stairs. And I mean the stairs going down. The first tread is at 8" the second is at 16" and the third tread is at a whopping 24".

Either this contractor did this work after the inspector was there, or the inspector for the City building department never even looked at the upstairs for a proper evaluation of the codes.

In either case. This is not to code and is a major safety issue.

If anyone needs a home inspection in Eddy, Lea or Chaves counties in new Mexico call Desert Sun Home Inspections.

There is a reason we are the best in the area.

Have a great day every one.

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Clint  McKie

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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

That looks real dangerous Clint, an inspector could not have seen that and pass it.

Jun 06, 2013 08:49 PM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Clint, what where they thinking? Oh, I get it, they were not! Enjoy your day!

Jun 06, 2013 08:53 PM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Clint: That closet is an accident waiting to happen.  I am real curious to see how this one turns out for the buyers.

Jun 06, 2013 09:01 PM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Clint,

I can't believe an inspector would have let this issue fly! This is an accident waiting to happen! Let us know what happens. I'm sure the seller is not going to be happy!

Jun 06, 2013 09:15 PM #4
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

That is awesome! A multi stepped landing! You can select which level you would like to step down to! Even a child could understand that is dangerous... I wonder how many times someone has fallen over that? Do you think it is that way in every one of those floor plans they build? On the other hand... they did trim it out nicely!

Jun 06, 2013 10:14 PM #5
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Just look where you are stepping before you go there!  Codes, schmodes.  There needs to be more common sense in the world when exiting a closet.



Yes, that was a sarcastic joke...

Jun 06, 2013 10:29 PM #6
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mr. Bond.

It is common for the building inspector "Not to do their job correctly".

Sad but true my friend.

Have a great Friday in Ohio.

Best, Clint McKie

Jun 06, 2013 10:32 PM #7
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Wow, Clint, I can't believe an inspector passed that unless he did a drive-by inspection. How dangerous is that!!!

Jun 06, 2013 11:17 PM #8
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Clint, I encourage my buyers to get a home inspection when buying a new home.  Many do not believe it is necessary, but the ones who do always find something that was overlooked when the builder was building the home.  Having a new inspection is the best money they can spend.  

Jun 06, 2013 11:27 PM #9
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Clint you should publish a book with these pictures, you just cannot make this stuff up...........

Jun 07, 2013 12:04 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Clint, for sharing your photographs and your experience. We always recommend a professional home inspection.

Jun 07, 2013 04:11 AM #11
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Clint-do you think this was added after the CO? I can't believe it would have passed as is.



Jun 07, 2013 08:48 AM #12
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Clint.  That is incredible. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Jun 07, 2013 08:49 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Clint it looks like Uncle Bob strikes again.  He has moved on to another one for you to find. :)

Jun 07, 2013 10:38 PM #14
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