Renovation Nightmare, Queens NY

Home Inspector with Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869

I just did a inspection for my client who just had her 2 family home totally redone 2 months ago. It was a nightmare I do not know how the town inspectors allowed it and did not shut down the job, and take away the contractors license. My client called me up asking questions about the renovation she had done to her home. She told me she had the house totally redone for herself and her mother to live in. I told her to contact the the contractor with her concerns and ask him to correct them, and said to her I hope the contractor does the right thing by you and your family and you do not need to call me again. But no the contractor was  long gone with they money over 280000.00 dollars "he does not return my calls" the client stated. Here are some pictures of the renovations take a look.




That one 20 amp breaker supplies 2 GFCI in the kitchen and the refrigerator on the same circuit. When I tested the GFCI's the refrigerator turn off, and there are no arc fault breakers in the panel box.



The cables were not installed to hold the bay windows in place.



No caulking around any window.



My client said my knees hurt walking up these stairs.

The deck and balcony

Hot water temperture.




All of the new hard wood floors are warping.


Comments (5)

Hank Spinnler
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA - Hoschton, GA
Atlanta Home Inspector

Man 'o Man!  was the hot water set to 151 degrees?  Yoweee!

Mar 22, 2009 12:09 PM
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

Yes the hot water was set to 151 degrees. But that was the least of they problems with that house.

Mar 23, 2009 12:01 AM
Tad Petersen / Home Inspector, Mpls
Safeguard Home Inspections, Inc. - Watertown, MN

Frank, this is a great opportunity to market Draw Inspections for people thinking of remodeling.

Mar 23, 2009 03:21 AM
Mike Hogan
The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty - Mechanicsville, VA

Wow...But its not surprising to see. At the height of the market we saw the worst "renovations". 

Mar 23, 2009 12:12 PM
Thomas McGiveron
Long Island Real Estate Market: Douglas Elliman - Medford, NY
Thomas McGiveron Lic. R.E. Broker Associate

Good stuff.  Gotta have an eye out for this stuff.

I have a walk through tomorrow where my client is going to rip the place apart.  It's got a ton of issues since he went to contract...

Mar 23, 2009 01:18 PM