All That Glitters Will One Day be Tarnished

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

NewNothing lasts forever. New things however look like they will stand up to time. In our minds we know this is not true, yet suspending reality for a moment to admire newness, to relish in the glitter, can not be avoided. It's just too much fun.

Another belief with something new is that it is well made and will function as expected. Experience has taught that is not in all instances necessarily true. Caveat emptor, is a phrase that has been around for millennia with good reason.

New vent termination with new shingles aroundA home buyer employing a home inspector is participating in an age old practice of careful purchasing. No doubt when the buyers cruised through the house they were blinded by the glitter. Their minds imagining a plethora of wonderful homeowner scenarios. Any imperfections were blocked from their consciousness like a blinders on a trotter.

The day of reckoning, the big reveal if you will, is the day of the home inspection. Not only is the home put under scrutiny by the home inspector, but the buyers now have the opportunity to spend time wandering about the house. As the home inspection progresses, the tarnish begins to creep.

Take for example a brand new bathroom vent termination through the roof. The new vent and new shingles just bring out the agedness of the remainder of the roof. The buyers hadn't noticed that on their first visit. They are also surprised to find out the entire roof, not just the a few shingles, needs replacing.

Cellophane tape used to attach vent hose to terminationThis new vent, besides accentuating the fact that the roof is old, demonstrates another lesson. As with buying a product, one should be careful who they hire to make improvements or repairs on their home.

When examining the rest of this new vent from the attic, I noticed the shiny new hose had a funny looking shiny end where it attaches to the roof vent. No it wasn't gold, it was cellophane tape. The tape was already loose and the hose falling off the vent in spite of being not more than a few weeks old.

Tarnished.

 

James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
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Rainmaker
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330 - Enterprise, AL
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Ouchhhh!! Some baddddd workmanship on the house in the article!!

Aug 04, 2012 06:29 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jim, It is a ginger walk as you have to reveal all that glitter is not gold.

Aug 04, 2012 07:08 PM #20
Rainmaker
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John Juarez
Prudential California Realty - Fremont, CA
CDPE, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I love inspector’s blogs, James. So often we read about repairs or original construction that has been done badly. We often read about homes that have simply not been properly maintained. Inspector blogs are educational. We gain added insight about what to pay attention to when we are looking at houses.

Aug 04, 2012 07:16 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND
BSEE, CHI

The saying that some things are so simple they are fool proof total misunderstands how truly ingenious fools can be.

Thanks for the post.

Aug 04, 2012 07:47 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I am always amazed at the things home inspectors find.  We can sometimes see the obvious, but there are not so obvious expensive issues.

Aug 04, 2012 08:33 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

James:

Buyers and sellers for that matter need to have a home inspection by a good and reputable home inspector to discover all the flaws in a home. 

Aug 04, 2012 10:19 PM #24
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
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With you in their employ, the buyer is aware.  Keep up the good James!  Caveat emptor!

Aug 04, 2012 11:36 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, don't you have snow there?  That there baby can get covered up!

And cellophane tape!  Holy cow!  Why didn't I think of that!

Aug 05, 2012 04:00 AM #26
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Dorie, Not to mentioned the excitement of buying a house :)

Laura, I of course agree :)

Tamara, Yes the bad apples in every profession cast doubt onto the good eggs. Shooting however seems a bit extreme, maybe water boarding instead :)

Randy, Bad habits are sometimes hard to break. 

Michael, When the shine wears off, the reality can be eye opening.

Tammie, As you know most sellers hire the cheapest company to perform the repairs and we see what that produces. 

Charlie, For sure. 

Gary, You are spot on. No home is perfect. Everything in a home is in a constant state of deterioration. Buyers do not always understand until the inspection. 

Aug 05, 2012 05:44 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi James, you are so right.  We once built a new home thinking "we will not have any maintenace at least for a while".  Wrong!  Within a year we had it.

Aug 05, 2012 05:49 AM #28
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Vince, Most sellers will always opt for cheap, they are after all leaving the house.

Barb, Nothing is a deal killer per se. It is what is acceptable or not acceptable to the buyer that forms their decision. 

Caron, Thanks. An informed buyer is the best for all parties concerned.

Bill, Hard to guess what they were thinking, if they were thinking at all :)

Clint, Uncle Bob sure does find his way around :)

Pamela, Really anything can have an issue, it is the inspectors job to look for issues. 

Mryl, So true, gold is one of the few metals that doesn't oxidize. Too bad it's so expensive.

Jan, Thanks. 

Sharon, I agree. No one likes big, unwanted surprises. 

Aug 05, 2012 05:54 AM #29
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Karen, I have removed all the glitter from a few homes that really had none to begin with. Very revealing for all involved.

Travis, In this instance there was, but other areas were done quite well. 

Don, All us inspectors have to walk that walk :)

John, Thanks. Not to brag, but inspectors do get the best blog fodder :)

Marshall, So true.

Gene, Which makes me wonder why some people opt to not get a professional to inspect the house, instead opting for a friend who is in the the "trades". 

Evelyn, For sure.

Bob, Thanks.

Jay, Really not the issue. We have all manner of ventilation through the roof here in CT. What was funny about the cellophane tape is that a roll of black electricians tape was left on the floor below the vent. Everyone knows that black tape is so much better. 

Bob, There will always be maintenance. 

Aug 05, 2012 06:05 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

As we do here, but you probably get more snow up there than we.  I always wonder about the venting, including the plumbing vents!

And black tape?  Why didn't you say?

Aug 05, 2012 06:29 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Hey everyone knows that's for duct tape!  I know that's not right I couldn't help myself ......

Aug 05, 2012 08:37 AM #32
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

This is one of those things that it is very hard to get buyers away from.  I look upon new construction in a similar light as that "new car smell".  Everyone is wowed by it and wants it when they see it.  But finishes are just that - finishes.  Sometimes renovations are the real deal. Done with care and built to last, but seriously - how sure are we about that unless we inspect it?

Aug 05, 2012 09:43 PM #33
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Jay, I forgot about the tape.

Lyn, It had to be said :)

Ruthmarie, So true. I have has first time buyers near tears after I have found out the pretty little house has serious and costly problems. 

Aug 06, 2012 05:05 AM #34
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Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

Too true.  At least the contractor made an attempt to vent the fan outside.  That's better than most.  They're often pointing near a gable or staitic roof vent, close but no cigar.

Aug 06, 2012 06:29 AM #35
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Rafi, This was a repair because the vent was expelling into the attic. 

Anonymous, That is a 4 inch hose. Rigid metal is only required on dryer vents. An insulated pipe is now required for bath vents through unconditioned spaces. This fan has a back draft damper, but do agree a flapper needs to present some where in the line. 

Aug 07, 2012 05:21 AM #36
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Home Inspections

As Lyn said, duct tape would have been a heck of a lot better.

Aug 13, 2012 02:10 PM #37
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Reuben, What can't be fixed with duct tape? 

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