The home was newly remodeled. Why would anyone think an inspection was necessary? I have talked about this many times, as has every other inspector with a blog.
There is the very erroneous opinion that homes that have been newly remodeled homes, or homes that are brand-new, will not have defects that warrant a home inspection.
I have even heard agents tell clients: “If there was anything seriously wrong, I would have seen it.”
I know of several agents that used to be home inspectors and I seriously doubt that any of them would say that.
For one thing, agents are not going to crawl to the far reaches of crawl spaces or attics, take the electrical panel cover off, walk on the roof or any number of other things. For a second thing, very few agents have been trained as home inspectors and would not likely be capable of understanding that the several inconsequential things seen may actually mean something more important. Sort of like the sum of the parts being greater than the whole.
But back to our newly remodeled home.
Pizza Party (A short story to go with some pictures).
The buyers had their keys and they spent the whole day moving into their new home—we have all been there—a mixture of fun, excitement, anticipation, sweat, and hard work.
It was dark and the day was nearly over and enough had been accomplished to take a break amidst the mountain of boxes and tentatively placed furniture. Someone suggested it might be fun to make a fire in the wood stove in the family room. The wood fired pizza would soon arrive and everyone could take a well deserved break. The rest of the unpacking could wait.
The door bell rang and the crushing smell of fresh pizza filled the house--along with the smell of the wood fire getting up to speed in the stove.
As the family enjoyed the pizza and the warm fire, they started to settle into the home in their minds. They relaxed and joyfully discussed where “this” would go and “that” would go.
The Pizza was awesome, and they were grateful that there was a great pizza place to order from—should have been on the listing information about the house.
When they first heard the fire-siren, they thought nothing of it. When it got louder and louder and eventually seemed like it was right at their front door, they got a little more curious. It never occurred to them that it might be their house that was on fire, until they heard the violent knocking on the front door and heard water pounding against the side of the house and saw water streaming down the windows.
Steam was hissing violently out of the stove like a leaking locomotive.
When the fireman showed them the side of the house, they were grateful that they also had great neighbors--concerned neighbors—to go along with the great pizza.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board