Home Inspector Intervention

Home Inspector with Perfection Inspection, Inc.

upside down flashing on New Home


Most of the issues home inspectors encounter fit into one of two categories: construction defects and component maintenance/wear.

The construction defect category is the reason to have your newly built home inspected.  Inspections on new constructions are definitely catching on.  Builders and construction workers are human and they do make mistakes.  These mistakes can be due to lack of education, experience, or proper oversight.

All three of those things are what went wrong with the whole Exterior Insulating Finishing Systems or EFIS.  It the details of every system that make them work right.

This is a picture of one of my neighbor's roof in West Salem, Oregon.  The flashings on the plumbing vents are upside down.  The improper flashings may never cause a leak before the home needs a new roof.  On the other hand the rubber gaskets that are all scrunched up may fail very soon.

My wife told me not to say anything to them and that is one of the biggest problems being a home inspector.  It is a recently built new home and I am relatively sure they didn't have an inspection.  I guess it is none of my business and I really shouldn't let them know about the defects on their home as I walk by, even though it is my ‘business.'

I guess I do have to live in this neighborhood, and I don't want to be ‘that guy.'

Comments (12)

Ross Quintana
Real E Smarter - Spokane, WA
Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966

Spokane Wa Real Estate Expert Well, I would like you to tell me if it was my home, that is a great way to meet people and give them cards if done tactfully, plus it was free for them and shows you are a good neighbor.

Feb 01, 2009 07:45 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim, plus those 15 year rubber flashings should not be installed on 30 year roofs----but they all too often are.:)

Feb 01, 2009 11:31 AM
Leslie Stewart
Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals - Stayton, OR
Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker

YOU Can Do it...  be that guy...

Feb 01, 2009 11:37 AM
Ian Niquette
Square One Home Inspection - Markesan, WI

Jim, as an inspector I would definitely tell my neighbor about this. I would want my neighbor to tell me if the shoe was on the other foot as well.

Feb 01, 2009 01:39 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Sorry Jim -- It's unanimous -- you've got to be "that guy"!  They will appreciate you being a good neighbor!

I'd bake you a pie if you told me something like that -- maybe I should have you over . . . free inspection . . . hmmm!

Feb 01, 2009 04:44 PM
Kevin Welch
American Bulldog Home Inspection Inc. - Rutland, MA

At the risk of piling on, I agree, be "that guy"

Feb 01, 2009 11:59 PM
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas - Leander, TX
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Jim - When I bought my first newly constructed home, I thought "why the heck do I need to pay for a home inspection - the house is brand new!?" Over the years I've heard of many reasons why getting a home inspection on new construction is a good idea, and you bring up many good reasons, too.

Feb 04, 2009 07:20 AM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Alright, alright.  I will tell him.  But what do you all think of the single lady who is directly next door to me that has LP siding that is melting?  I could go on and on.......

Feb 04, 2009 01:16 PM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Margaret:  Usually when I am over at peoples homes I try to bite my tongue.  I find that people will invite me over more if I don't critique their homes constantly.   It is a gift and a curse!

But if you are making pies I would gladly pick your home apart!

Feb 04, 2009 01:30 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I would be "that guy," and I'd like to see you be "that guy," and I see other commenters also want you to be "that guy."

Feb 06, 2009 01:38 PM
Jack Feldmann
Clayton Inspection Service, Inc. - Knoxville, TN

If you are really having a problem stepping up and being that guy, then just send them a note in the mail. But you should really be that guy.

Feb 07, 2009 11:27 AM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Yeah, I guess I will.  I just don't want to be that annoying no-it-all neighbor.  I used to have a retired couple that lived next door.  The husband and wife were very "helpful," and more than willing to impose themselves into our business.

I guess I am a little gun shy. 

Feb 07, 2009 11:37 AM