Home inspections are fun.
We come across so many things for the first time!
A re-post from Jay Markanich.
I Got There Early Enough
To See The Roaches
This is brand new construction, never lived in, and I got there early enough to see the roaches.
I'm glad I did. Nobody would have believed me without a photo to prove it!
This is the upstairs unit of a four-floor condo building of fourteen units. Each unit has two floors. We did the pre-drywall inspection a couple of months ago.
It's 7am. I opened the upstairs hallway bathroom door to see this guy scurrying around.
Roaches don't come one by one, or in pairs, or in small groups.
The size was amazing! That is a big roach! I threw a quarter down to try to snap a quick photo and he/she walked right over to it and posed! And this roach is quite alive.
Where they are living I don't know, but, like the movie, they'rrrre heeerrrre.
This one hung around after I left and a worker eliminated him a few minutes later.
So, what are such large roaches doing in new construction?
On pre-drywall inspections I have seen many things left inside walls and I have always wondered if the junk gets left and walled up inside the drywall.
Fast food wrappers and bags, chicken, fruit, soda cups and cans - you name it. All unfinished and politely left there.
THIS IS NEW CONSTRUCTION! There is no food in these houses yet. What are such large roaches doing here?
Apparently there is a food source somewhere, maybe a large one. Roaches need food and water. They must be getting it here.
COULD THE FOOD BE INSIDE THE WALLS?
My recommendation: don't assume that since it is new construction you can't already have problems with animalia! While this is not the usual occurrence, it happens. Buyers would never expect this in their new house, but if a roach infestation exists they are entitled to have this problem eradicated before they move it. And the photo is proof roaches are there!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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