THIS is why you have a home inspection!

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Real Estate Agent with 304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com WV0027906

THIS is why you have a home inspection!

It is tempting to save money when buying a house by skipping inspections. This is a perfect example of why you should have a home inspection.

I had a showing today at a cute little home that had some nice upgrades and a nice deck off the kitchen. This is a picture of the support system under the deck. It was only view able if you looked between the boards. I don't believe the homeowner was trying to deceive anyone. This deck project was most likely a do-it-yourself job. Which sometimes means that it isn't up to proper safety code.

I'm not a home inspector, but I believe after a few years of rain pouring downhill coupled with movement of the deck associated with regular use and this could lead to a potential disaster.

A home inspector will go over the house and look in areas you wouldn't normally think to look. They can spot problems that could jeopardize your largest financial investment.

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  2. Donald Reich 05/01/2012 04:34 AM
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West Virginia Kanawha County Charleston
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Rainmaker
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Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio

A little caulk will help shore everything up :)

May 01, 2012 01:15 AM #24
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K.C. McLaughlin
RE/MAX United - Cary, NC
Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC

Damn - How scary is THAT! I always demand a home inspection. If you cannot afford the home inspection, why are you buying the house? Survey is SO important as well. I have seen many cases where fences were put up wrong or driveways (on an end unit townhome) went over the lines. Well worth the $300. 

 

Thanks for sharing - very effective picture.

 

 

May 01, 2012 03:43 AM #25
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Wow.  That is seriously scary!!  I have had one buyer pass on the inspection, but only one.  Thankfully nothing happened.  Good post.  

May 01, 2012 04:32 AM #26
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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

A home inspector will see things that most buyers and many Realtors wouldn't notice, even if it's right in front of you. Than can also tell you if something is not a big deal, even if the buyer thinks it is!

May 01, 2012 04:33 AM #27
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And not a single piece of duct tape.  What were they thinking?

Decks are one of the most common problems I run into, and usually because the "installer" saw something on a DIY show and thought it was an easy project.  They got it done in a half an hour on the show!

May 01, 2012 04:46 AM #28
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Dale Samples
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REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini

That is what caught my eye, no duct tape. What good project doesn't have duct tape involved?

Thanks for the comments everyone!

May 01, 2012 05:36 AM #29
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
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Dale, some of those pillars look like they are leaning already. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

May 01, 2012 05:48 AM #30
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Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

That is the worst support for a deck I have ever seen.  Very scary indeed!

May 01, 2012 06:14 AM #31
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Land Broker
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Looks like an old mobile home support system!!  35 years ago in a previous life...the old shake shingle could shim up the blocks nice and tight...but this support system is somewhere between horrendous and dangerous.

May 01, 2012 06:22 AM #32
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Personal Service, always.

What were they thinking? OK, maybe that is a bit rhetorical... Inspections check for lots of faults including faulty thinking or no thinking!

May 01, 2012 06:29 AM #33
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I agree on the point that most people are not trying to deceive anyone...very true. They take something to a certain point and then leave it there. That works for them. The next guy comes in and has a problem with it...good post

May 01, 2012 06:56 AM #34
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Dale, I always push home inspections and have the buyers sign off that I did just that.

May 01, 2012 07:32 AM #35
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Jamey "Milly" Milheiser
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. - Appleton, WI

I agree with you!  Thanks for the blog.

May 01, 2012 08:00 AM #36
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Dale, at first I didn't see it. I thought that it was just a lot of debris that someone left after the job. Then I realized the debris was part of the support for the structure.... Scary!!!

May 01, 2012 08:07 AM #37
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Kristin Moran
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Great advice! Most folks see fresh paint & pretty fixtures & think it's a beauty!

May 01, 2012 09:09 AM #38
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Dale Samples
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THank you everyone for the comments. The worst part is, this is built on a hillside so it could end up down the hill at some point with the rain water rushing past it.

May 01, 2012 10:51 AM #39
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Eeeks! I have had some new homes with exactly the same problem. I always encourage a home inspection even on new construction. A picture is worth a thousand words.

May 01, 2012 02:04 PM #40
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
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 Dale:

Holy Moley!  That picture is scary.  Do you mind if I use it to show my client the value of a home inspection?

May 01, 2012 02:05 PM #41
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Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
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Dale -- I can't imagine any buyer NOT getting a home inspection. That is a dangerous situation you pictured. Home buyers must also get NEW construction inspected as well. They think since everything is new, everything is right!  Not always the case!

May 01, 2012 05:39 PM #42
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Andrew McDavid Jr.
A&M Investments - Charleston, WV

Great post Dale!!

May 05, 2012 02:09 PM #43
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