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All houses are money pits—some pits are just deeper than others is all


When things need to be fixed or replaced we either fix them or repair them ourselves or hire someone that can. 

Sometimes we even build additions onto our homes—hopefully by qualified parties, but that is not the point.

All of these things are an opportunity for mistakes to happen.

Even with the best contractors or repair persons, mistakes WILL happen.

In one of my recent posts I showed where a new roof had been installed and the kitchen exhaust duct had been roofed right over resulting in the exhaust being non-functional for the past 15 years.  There are hundreds and hundreds of opportunities like this with any work that is done on the home.

For a couple of hundred bucks you could hire a home inspector to come in after the repair person just for a second set of eyes on the project to catch a bigger percentage of the things that might have been overlooked.

It is not a guarantee that there will be no mistakes, after all the inspector cannot see inside walls etc.  However, the more egregious things will have a chance of being found and corrected.

I am not going to attempt to make a list of all of the things that can be missed because it could end up as long as the number of components that exist in a home. 

A few of the things though are like the covered over exhaust vents previously discussed, vent flaps tapped shut during painting, smoke detectors still covered from painting, plumbing vent pipe test caps still in place, missing GFCI protection, missing AFCI protection, the electrical meter not resealed, water heater TPRV drains running up hill, gas appliances not elevated in garages, weather-stripping not installed on attic access hatch after insulating attic, holes through the b-vent after the furnace replacement, etc.  The list goes on and on.

A simple call to your helpful home inspector could pay for a lot of heartache later.

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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4 commentsCharles Buell • March 31 2015 08:53AM
All houses are money pits—some pits are just deeper than others is all
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When things need to be fixed or replaced we either fix them or repair them ourselves or hire someone that can. Sometimes we even build additions onto our homes—hopefully by qualified parties, but that is not the point. All of these things are… more
Dang roofers anyway!
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The roof was replaced 15 years ago. The roof surface was in very good condition, with not much to write home about. In the course of the inspection I like to verify that all exhaust equipment terminates where it is supposed to terminate—as in… more
What it means to be a home inspector
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Most of us that have been in the real estate industry for any period of time have witnessed a shift in what it looks like to be a home inspector. While I was not a home inspector 35 years ago, I know some that were. 35 years ago there were no… more
Logic and building things.
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Take a look at this nice bench seat in a large custom shower enclosure. It may or may not jump right out at you but there is something seriously wrong, seriously illogical, about the installation. The problem is the glass does not sit "on top"… more
What is it with kids and ladders?
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We have all heard about how the building codes are a “minimum” standard. One of my favorite examples is related to guards (barriers). Guards are required at decks, balconies, stairs and other similar areas where protection against falls is… more
Your electrical system will never be safe!
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We go to great lengths to make homes safe electrically. The truth is, for both electric shock and fire, we have actually done a very good job. With all we have done however, our home’s electrical systems are only “safer”---not “safe. ” The… more
The ice cube trick
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Broken seals on windows can be hard to detect or easy to see if they are badly fogged up. Sometimes they show up when the sun shines on them and other times they do not show themselves at all. Sometimes the seals fail and moisture, either from… more
Solid evidence of the crime.
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Home inspectors will often look for “circumstantial evidence” of issues around the home. Things like water stains will be identified as evidence of at least past moisture conditions or possibly ongoing moisture issues. For example if it has not… more
Carpenter Ants and Grow-Ops
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Seems like this would be an odd juxtaposition because the last thing our houses would need would be Carpenter Ants on drugs. Carpenter Ants are interesting because they don’t eat our houses they merely mine the wood and other materials as a place… more
Getting high and why we don’t get high enough—often enough!
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One of my pet peeves about building homes is that they are rarely built high enough. There are minimum clearance, to finish grade, requirements that would be so easy to comply with if houses were built two to four inches higher than they are. Why… more