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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

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OSB is not approved insulation material     It is not unusual to go into areas where the code is, "There ain't no codes!" Builders doing construction in jurisdictions such as this, loosely adopt the IRC (International Residential Codes) as they know that there will be no codes inspectors looking over their shoulders making sure that they correct irregularities in their construction practices.
However; home inspectors must still adhere to their standards of practices and "codes" governing their trade.
     Recently, I came across an unusual situation in which the builder installed expensive OSB (Oriented Strand Board) on the crawlspace walls. Immediately the red flags went up and I thought "What the..." IRC, as adopted for this area, requires the area below theMissing thermal barrier living space to be insulated and the thermal barrier from the living space to be extended into and through the area below. OSB is not a recognized insulating material, and the thermal barrier has not been extended.   
     I am not the brightest bulb in the string, but in IMHO, it would have far less expensive to install batting between the floor joists or use some other approved methods to conform to industry standards. It really makes one wonder at times...

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Jon Eliason ~ Independent ~ REALTOR®
Jon Eliason
Independent Broker Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Michael ~ Even though they do have codes in this County, they have no regulations on who can call themselves Contractors. While there are several that are Licensed, there are many more that just found a hammer on the ground and decided they were builders...

April 04, 2012 05:06 AM
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty

As usual, your posts are entertaining, amazing and unsettling all at the same time. It's hard to fathom what you come across in your line of work...and to think some people waive home inspections to "save" money. Thanks for again pointing out the red flags we need to know are out there...if we know to look for them!

April 04, 2012 05:11 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803

Michael, This is why we always recommend getting an inspection done before going ahead with the deal. Anyone in the Brentwood TN area should call Complete Home Inspections for a thorough inspection of the property!

April 04, 2012 05:14 AM
Keith Gilkey
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake
Re/Max Chesapeake

Michael, Builders doing construction with no code enforcement will create destruction for you to find! This in not good for the original owner if your on the stage for the next buyer!

April 04, 2012 05:22 AM
Cindy Edwards
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
RE/MAX Checkmate

That is just craziness.  People will get away with whatever they can.

April 04, 2012 05:23 AM
Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Good morning Michael,

What did the buyer have to say about this mess?? Charles is right..we all feel the same..your posts are entertaining, amazing and unsettling! Thanks for the red flags..you certainly see them all!!

April 04, 2012 06:22 AM
Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
RE/MAX Realty Center

Never seen anything like this, until now..thanks for sharing it.  And, I think you are definitely the brightest bulb on the string LOL!

April 04, 2012 06:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger

Thanks, Michael, for sharing your experience.  We always recommend a professional home inspection.

Have a most productive week, with your camera in hand.

April 04, 2012 06:58 AM
Ginny Gorman
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate

Wow Michael, it just lookes really loosey goosey to me...thank goodness for the share...that is why i love good home inspectors!

April 04, 2012 07:11 AM
Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

What the hey is right. I actually crawl under a house and take a peek, if it's not too dark and creepy, when I have a serious buyer. I figure it's going to tell me a lot about the quality of the builder. Naturally, I'm not qualified as an inspector, but if I spot something weird, it generally gives me a heads up that there might be a few issues.

Naturally, most can be addressed with a great inspector and proper remediation.  ( Hope you're looking forward to a wonderful Easter Michael.)

April 04, 2012 08:06 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Lets shake things up at your home today!
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

Is there anything that comes as a shock to you Michael?  I bet you've seen it all.

April 04, 2012 08:35 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com

I am not a fan of OSB.  Just a little water added and it's about worthless.

April 04, 2012 08:45 AM
Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Michael, you have managed to prove, yet again, than "common sense" is not that common...

April 04, 2012 10:04 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates


That's using the term builder loosely at best.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

April 04, 2012 04:41 PM
Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Here I was enjoying all the pretty colors on those long white things, whatever they are, and you spoil it with some home inspector common sense.

April 05, 2012 02:20 AM
James Dray
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.
Wise Custom Realty

Morning Michael when the boss (inspectors) are away and what they don't see won't hurt them attitude will come back and bite them at some time in the future.

April 05, 2012 04:02 AM
Wayne Martin
Sales Manager - New Homes & Condominiums Division
Michael Saunders & Company

"There ain't no codes," but thankfully for the buyer, he got a home inspection! Enjoy your day!

April 05, 2012 04:21 AM
Carol Zingone
Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty

Michael - I'm sure you see thousands of interesting things, but I agree "There ain't no codes" is not a good start!

April 06, 2012 05:13 AM
Rob Thomas
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954

Michael ...If I were buying a Home in Nashville I would definitely want you on my side!  Have a great weekend!

April 07, 2012 04:31 AM
James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

Looks like it gets wet down there. How longdo you suppose it will be before that OSB starts coming unglued. 

April 07, 2012 05:11 AM
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