“The Other Contractor Guaranteed That I Had Dry Rot!”

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“The Other Contractor Guaranteed

That I Had Dry Rot!”


A lot of things can be said when a dry rot contractor comes out to give a free estimate. The property owner is relying on the experience of the contractor and should expect to get quality answers to the questions that are asked. But how do you know if the answers are correct?

Sometimes just having some common sense will lead the owner to question the answers given. Does the response make sense? There is nothing wrong with follow up questions to get a better description or explanation of the problem at hand. You can certainly contact another contractor for his advice too! That's why I got called on this property.

There was some pest infestation inside one of the units and a contractor was called out. He insisted that there was dry rot damage in the lumber behind this stucco wall. I can not say for sure whether the wood is bad or not at this point but I strongly doubt it.

In the photo, you can see that there is some hairline cracking on this wall. This is something that should be addressed but certainly not worth tearing open the wall. When this other contractor “guaranteed” that there is dry rot damage, even I had to question that statement. In fact, I'm pretty sure that there is not damage to the framing of the wall.

There were no signs of moisture intrusion, no large cracks or openings, no moisture detection inside either of the units. If the owner still has some concerns about the condition of the wood inside the walls, we can open some exploratory holes to check things out for damage. That was the free advice that I passed along to this property owner.

A second opinion doesn't always lead to a good answer but it does help to get a better understanding of what is going on. If time permits, it is also best to get a couple of estimates for the cost of repairs when it comes the dry rot repair. This must include a clear description of what the repairs include.

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Comments (10)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning Tom,

It pays to get a second opinion on almost everything we touch, do or need work on!

Make yourself a great day.

Jan 10, 2016 10:44 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Amazing how that guarantee was so confident! Yes, a second opinion is almost always in order.

Jan 10, 2016 11:57 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Tom, It sounds like that contractor that guaranteed there was dry rot was in need of some work.  Thankfully you were called in.

Jan 11, 2016 12:50 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And what comes with that guarantee?  If he opens it up and finds no rot, does he guarantee he will fix it for free as what he proposed had no value?

Jan 11, 2016 06:15 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Obvious question, what happens if he tore down the wall and there was no rot?  Would that mean he would not charge for his work and repair the damage?  If not they need someone else that would

Jan 11, 2016 06:38 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tom. As you well know lots of folks in the business guarantee a lot of things, but also know for many the words mean nothing.

Jan 20, 2016 11:03 PM