Not in My House!
This friendly-looking little guy is not necessarily a deal-killer, but you might be surprised at how much damage he can do. As uninvited guests go, he can be among the most unpleasant. In this case, the damage was minimal and he was peacefully relocated, along with all of his friends and family. Happy ending…but speaking of surprises, home inspections are the proverbial “box of chocolates”. You never know… By way of example, a few anecdotes and tips.
It’s what they find:
Whether its uninvited critters or creative home “improvements”, there are many cautionary tales out there.
Emergency exit: a Miami inspector discovered a window with an operating bottom sash in a condo – not so unusual unless the sash is at floor level…on the 15th floor!
- Not so welcoming mat: an inspector in Ohio found a welcome mat being used to cover a hole in the roof!
- And speaking of cover-ups: an inspector in Gold Canyon, Az, found a heat register that was wallpapered over. Fire hazard? What fire hazard?
- Holy non-support: In Sussex NJ, an inspector found a novel approach to making space for heating ducts – by cutting holes in the main support beams!
- Car-jacked house: and finally, in Easton, PA, an inspection uncovered the most novel use of “The Cub” (yes…that thing that locks your steering wheel to prevent car theft.). It was used to reinforce foundation support columns under the house!
And what they miss:
Not all inspections (and inspectors) are created equal. Here are some things that inspectors often fail to check.
- Flood risk: is there a high water table in the area? Speak to neighbors who have lived in the neighborhood for a long period of time and inquire with the planning department.
- Easements: do private or government entities own the right to use a portion of the property? Check with the town planning department.
- Environmental hazards: potential hazards nearby are often invisible. There are searchable online databases that provide a deeper look.
- Disposition of adjacent property: could that empty lot next door become a convenience store? Find out about zoning laws and any changes that may be pending.
- Utility & sewage hook-ups: believe it or not, these can’t be taken for granted. And they can be very expensive to implement. Make sure the property is properly hooked up, or find out about the cost if it isn’t.
And the takeaway here is: don’t take the inspection for granted. Get it done in a timely way, and get it done by professionals. And for all your lending needs, keep Stonecrest Financial in mind.