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He totally misread what was going on in the basement. As inspector and a company which prides itself in high caliber inspections as well as costing more than most home inspections, I had expected a higher level of proficiency, especially in areas relating to drainage and foundations . For those are the issues that cost a home buyer dearly and in some cases are prohibitive to correct, as well as being difficult to observe and connect the dots for the common home buyer.
He clearly pointed out that I have some dampness in the basement because of a patch that he found which had some crumbling cement. Relative to the size and number of areas of that basement where the cement was crumbling, his observations appeared to imply it was one small area and not much to worry about, instead of pointing out how a whole wall of the house and part of another
had those problems.
This represents a major water problem exists on that side of the house and his comments of just monitoring the wall was really insufficientt. It requires major costs for repairing the drainage problems that exist. I believe he fell trap to the homeowner clever
painting of basement walls. Nevertheless it would be clearly visible to a trained eye, and if he would have poked at the walls he could have seen they were all crumbling under the filmsy
To go along with his falling
This is a serious problem water intrusion and foundation problems which had I known in the inspection I would have either not bought the house or offered much less.
Additionally, he totally overlooked checking a very important component of the house. Had my family moved in as had been planned, everyone would have been very ill. I thought an inspector is suppose to inspect the furnace and filters. He totally overlooked checking the filter. It was BLACK with dirt. The furnace guy I hired said that this must not have been changed for over 2 years. The result was I started experiencing some bad respiratory problems after I moved in. I decided to check the filter;
however, I felt the Inspector would have pointed that out to me if that was a problem. I was shocked the filter was never checked by the Inspector. As a result of the dirty filters all the ducting work in the house was full of dirt and I had to pay to vacuum it out.
Another critical area of the house he did not understand was the deficient design of the whole gutter system. He clearly noted the outside paint was moldy and peeling and some of siding was rotting, but he did not make the connection that the gutter design in the back of the house was causing that problem. So besides cleaning the gutters, and repainting the house, which he suggested I do, I had to rrebuild all the back gutters.
Other issues existed that should have been clearly connected to water and drainage problems, which, I being a
All these are problems and costs I did not buget in my bid for the house. When we look for an inspector we expect him to have a good understanding on how problems and issues connect in a house. We pay him to be part detective. If all I hire an inspector for is to point out obvious problems, than a big part of the inspection I can do myself with a checklist. I
Provider toured the house, pointed out likely areas of infestation, based on background provided by home owner.
Provider explained the process of canine inspection, what to expect as the dog inspected. The dog, a very nice black German Shepard, was brought in from truck and examined various rooms and areas of the house with the provider, sometimes returning to double-check in areas that would be likely to be infested. The dog was well-behaved, and both the dog and provider were careful with personal possessions and furnishings.
Provider returned dog to truck, and walked through the house with owner, reviewing the process and results. A written summary of the findings were provided.
I was very impressed with
I appreciate that this business does not have a stake in the outcome of the inspection, so there's no "up-selling."
Based on my experience, I highly recommended
explanations of what he found, as well as having categorized the findings into recommendations: satisfactory, monitor, monitor & repair, or repair. Or something like that. He also made himself available to talk by phone with me after he submitted the report for any questions and clarifications about what he found.
At the second house,
inspection report and prioritize what I would want to have fixed immediately, versus what I would want to monitor and fix on my own.
I was traveling - as you can see, it's over the holiday weekend - and he made himself available to consult with me on Sunday afternoon so I could then consult with my realtor and start the repair addendum process. We're on a tight timeline, everyone's going on holiday, so I really appreciated his availability. As a first time homebuyer, and looking at older homes, I appreciated that he also couched the inspection findings in that context.
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