Hiding the electric meter can cause issues. Home inspection Hobbs, NM.

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Hiding the electric meter can cause issues. Home inspection Hobbs, NM.

It is simply amazing what we find when inspecting homes for buyers.

This home was doing great till the owners decided to add a screened in back patio area. The it was closed up at a later date.

Screened patio area. This may look O.K. to the buyer. But there is an issue with the electric meter. It's inside the room.

Electric meter inside room.

The owner was there and told me that the electric company needs to call them each month when they want to read the meter! Every month? What if they are not home or on vacation? Then what?

Plus top add insult to the screened patio area. The dryer vent was never ran to the exterior of the enclosed room.

Dryer vent in patio area.

It was clear that the owners that bought the home without a home inspection Two years ago was not paying attention to what matters. They were told by the previous owners that the electric company calls them and they open up the back yard for them. But they were a retired couple. This family works.

 

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Clint  McKie

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Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Another case of buying with the heart or price in mind not the long term effect.  Saving a few now will cost you more later. 

Jan 14, 2014 06:48 PM #11
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Clint.  Poor planning on their part.  Apparently they don't won't to spend the money and have it moved.

Jan 14, 2014 07:50 PM #12
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I'm surprised the electric company puts up with that.  They would demand access around here.

Jan 14, 2014 07:56 PM #13
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Raymond.

I think they just overlooked the fact the dryer vent was now within an enclosed area.

Have a good day in Rochester New York.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:27 PM #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 Kat,

And they cold have been going for the tropical feel as well.

Have a great day in Monroe.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:28 PM #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 Lenn,

I don't get involved in the negotiations of the sale. But the access to the meter needs to be correct. Unknown what the seller is going to do.

Have a great day in Loudoun County.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:30 PM #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 Juan,

I would like that. But many are still not inspected and using fly by night inspectors.

Have a great week in Richmond.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:31 PM #17
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Adrian,

I know I wouldn't want to have to do this each and every month. What a pain.

Have a good day in Settle my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:33 PM #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 Debbie,

Makes no sense to me either. Electronic reporting would be the way to go. No need to see the meter.

Have a great day in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:34 PM #19
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

You called it. Never buy a home without a home inspection first. Even brand new homes need a home inspection.

Have a nice day in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:36 PM #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 jim,

That sure sounds like the way to go for this home. And yes the dryer vent could become a big fire hazard for the owners.

Have a good day in Central California.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:38 PM #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 Tom,

Remove the room or relocate the service to the home along with the meter. Not much else to do.

Have a nice day in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:39 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Michael,

That's important information. But many still sign the waiver not to get a home inspection.

Have a good day in Brentwood.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:40 PM #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 James,

Yes. A penny wise kind of thing. Now the ball is in their court. Wait and see by the buyer now.

Have a great day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:42 PM #24
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Conrad,

I would have had the service moved. A lot better than loosing the rear patio room.

Have a great day in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:44 PM #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 Jay,

I know of I was a meter reader I would not want to have to call someone to get in and read a meter. It's just a plain stupid situation.

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 14, 2014 08:46 PM #26
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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Clint, they lost out when they originally bought their house so now it is time to fix it!

Jan 16, 2014 08:48 PM #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 Ginny,

Now the seller has to pony up the repair bill when they could have found these issues if and I mean if they would have had a home inspection when they bought the home in the first place.

Have a great day in North Kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 16, 2014 09:10 PM #28
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Storing gas cans close to an electrical box or even the meter in this pic always gives me an uneasy feeling... the dryer vent is putting a ton of moisture in that room.... incredible!

Jan 16, 2014 10:31 PM #29
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Fred,

Not a very smart thing to do. Even the dryer vent is not correct. They thought of nothing.

Have a good night in Land O Lakes.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 26, 2014 08:34 AM #30
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