Welcome to the, “Twilight Zone”……..
It is a great feeling when we as home inspectors call for repairs by qualified repair persons, that we can go to sleep that night after we send out the report, knowing that the repairs will be in good hands----to sleep well knowing that our buyers will continue to be as well taken care of by the repair person as they have been by their agent and their inspector.
It is great to know that when we are called back for the re-inspection of the repaired items, that the best part will be sharing a cup of coffee with the agent and the buyer and being able to sign off on what was done.
Welcome to the real world……..
A world where all too often repairs are done like the one in the picture to the left.
Spray foam insulation is a poor patching and exterior wall covering material for these damaged concrete blocks around the overhead door. And while it may keep out drafts and vermin (temporarily) it is no substitute for epoxy and concrete----as would be called for in this repair.
One could argue that this "repair" was worse than doing nothing at all since all that spray foam will all have to be removed in order to make "proper" repairs.
I have a hard time understanding what the person making repairs like this can possibly be thinking when they read the report and it calls for, “professional repairs by a qualified repair person.” These repairs are not “professional” and the person doing them was clearly “not qualified.”
Why would anyone conclude that a knowledgeable buyer, being advised by someone committed to taking care of them, would think that this kind of repair would fly? Add to this that someone is going to have to pay for another re-inspection fee. Wouldn’t it have just been cheaper to have done it right in the first place? It is not a pleasant sight to see me foaming at the mouth.
I wish I lived in the Twilight Zone.
PS, for those of you that are new to my blog (or for some other "unexplained" reason have never noticed)all pictures and smiley-face inserts (emoticons) (when I use them) have messages that show up when you point at them with your cursor.
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board