Sometimes you just need a little help. Home inspection in Hobbs N. M.

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Sometimes you just need a little help. Home inspection in Hobbs N. M.

On a recent home inspection in Hobbs New Mexico for Desert Sun Home inspections from Carlsbad New Mexico.

This home was built in 1985. Local builder. But it looks like they were trying to save some time and money. Short cuts were found all over the home.

I noticed the area in the garage flooring was not right. Cracks are often found but not in this condition nor this badly separated.

The exterior brick and trim of the home showed signs of stress as well. Not a good thing when the buyer is at the inspection and you are explaining things to the buyer.

The buyer did bring up the major crack in the garage floor.

Take a look at what I saw when inspecting this home.

Large crack in garage floor.

This crack would not have been so much a concern if there were no issues with the exterior of the home. But there were and are issues.

See what I saw when inspecting the exterior of the homes brick.

Crack in exterior brick wall.

Garage exterior wall. This crack lines up with the area where the flooring crack reaches the interior wall.

Crack in floor to exterior wall.

Some times there is need for a little help.

The buyer is really concerned about the crack and what it's doing to the exterior wall.

I am not a strucural engineer. But one is needed for this home. I don't call for a structural engineer very often, they are costly and they some times go overboard costing the sale of the home.

But in this case I have too. The buyer is good with bringing in an engineer and will wait for the results then make the final decision on the home.

Remember to always get a certified home inspection when buying or selling a home.

Have a great day every one.

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Clint  McKie

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Rainmaker
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Ginny Gorman
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You have a great sense of responsibility Clint and bringing in a structural guy is definitely needed to satisfy the buyer.  Good Luck!

Sep 25, 2013 09:20 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Looks to me like they did not found things properly.  But it's hard to tell from just a photo.  The engineer call is the way to go!

Sep 25, 2013 10:31 AM #10
Rainmaker
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James Dray
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Age old question for you Clint.  I've heard if the crack in the wall is within the cement it was okay, however if it cracked a brick or two there was a big issue.  Your thought?

Sep 25, 2013 07:33 PM #11
Rainer
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
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Oh my.  Can you say structural engineer Clint?

Sep 25, 2013 09:16 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Clint, Just had a home with some structural issues. Had to make the SE call.

Sep 26, 2013 12:23 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Clint, I have a few engineers that I have worked with that have been pretty easy to deal with and were not overly expensive for what they do. I wonder if this is a regional thing. Now this all depends if they have to get into soils testing and such then the cost can skyrocket.

Sep 26, 2013 12:33 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Gita,

Not as bad as it looks I hope.

Have a good day in Bucks County.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:02 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Fred,

The ground is really hard here. If the foundation footings are not compacted correctly before pouring the concrete. then there could be issues down the road.

Have a great day in Land O Lakes.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:04 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

The engineer is supposed to go out there this week. Hopefully ending up with good news.

Have a great day in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:05 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Mr. Bond.

I hope so too. First time home buyer with Two kids and a wife. Great home for them.

Have a nice day in Fairport Harbor.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:07 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Al,

Some areas of the cracks reach about 1.5 inches in width. Not good.

I hope the engineer can decipher the issues.

Have a great day in Ormond by the Sea.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:10 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Adrian,

Yes they did a few times. They knew the issues were and are there. But nothing in the disclosure statement letter.

Have a nice day in Seattle my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:12 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Barbara,

If there are major issues, then the buyers will walk in my opinion.

Have a nice day in Rockwall Texas.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:13 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Michael,

It's sad that many home builders don't back up what they build. I have always said that there should be a ten year warranty on all structural issues. But only one year warranties are offered.

Have a nice day in Brentwood.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:16 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Ginny,

This sale all depends on what the engineer says about the home. If O.K. or repairable for a few dollars then the sale will go through. If not then the home will not sell the this buyer.

Have a great day in North Kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:18 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

Looking in the garage door. the cracked slab on the right by the wall has sunk about 3/4 of an inch. This indicates a foundation issue of settling. To me anyway.

Have a great day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:20 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

Cracking is going to happen. You don't want the settling and separation issues. The crack did go to the wall and then up the outer brick siding. Not a good situation to be in.

Have a great day in Rogers.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:22 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

Yes I can and yes I did. Waiting for the results.

Have a good day in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:23 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Donald,

Sometimes we need to lay the burden on another inspector. When not sure make the call.

Have a great day on the West Coast.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:29 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Donald,

Here they range from $200-600 without any testing for anything. Depends on who you call and who is available for the inspection/ evaluation.

Have a good day on the West Coast.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 26, 2013 01:30 AM #28
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