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Details, details…..

A house I inspected recently had been remodeled.  The detailing was excellent.

The whole house had been resided with cement board siding and had all the correct flashing details EVERYWHERE!  The painting job was equal to the siding installation.

Just walking up to a house with cement board siding it does not take very long to tell if the installer knew what they were doing.  Installation instructions are quite specific and when they are not followed it is a safe bet the installer never read the instructions or did not care about the instructions.

Of all the different siding materials, cement board siding, in my climate, can be very forgiving—but the installation instructions should still be followed.

Because of the obvious attention to detail at this house, it was a little bit of a surprise to find this one small area---only visible from above the roof that got missed.

Unpainted trim

Area of unpainted trim

Details, details……

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 10 commentsCharles Buell • September 03 2016 10:40AM


Whoever did that remodeling was probably hoping no one would find it. Good for you for spotting it. It's never a good idea to cut corners in any business but especially in the home remodeling business. Thanks for sharing. Great picture.

Posted by Karen Hellier, Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia (Freelance Writer) over 1 year ago

Hi Charles! Now that is not a good thing, hope they took care of it right away. Knowing the correct way to do things is so important. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 1 year ago

looks like a case of out of sight out of mind.  I will be home this week watching that my new roof is installed correctly

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 1 year ago

Someone got tired of working on it and got lazy.  Too bad.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

Oops! Good thing you were there to make sure nothing was missed.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, over 1 year ago

Wow, you are very diligent and customers are lucky to have you look out for them!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 1 year ago

How can they be expected to see that?  They are SIDING guys, and see from the side.  Not TOPPING guys, so therefore they don't see from the top.


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Well it's good that it's an simple thing to fix!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 1 year ago

Good morning Charles. Funny, ironic and sad. I'll bet it gets done now.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Charles Buell So who was going to look there? Oh yeah you

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago