For some time now I have done home inspections for one of the Habitat for Humanity organizations in Northern Virginia.
This County requires a private home inspection. Somehow Habitat found me, and, the masochists that they are, they have continued to call me with each new house built.
Many would consider this to be a basic house. Maybe, but worldwide the people moving into this house will probably live in the 95th percentile of comfortable living.
It is a nice place.
Located on a country road outside of Middleburg VA, it sits on about 1/3 acre.
It has James Hardee siding, a 25 year roof and a nice front porch.
It is mostly put together, as you know, by volunteers.
There is some professional input. The construction supervisor, Ben, has been doing this a long time. He does a great job.
Here you can see the rear, a crawl space, a nice rear deck, a very efficient heat pump and a storage shed about 8x8'.
Notice that the hose is by itself and usable! What a concept!
The crawl space is dry, insulated, sealed and vent less (a new "green" building technique).
It houses the interior furnace mechanism for the heat pump, the private well water pressure tank and a sump pump.
The house sits on three large steel beams. It is well constructed.
This is what you see as you walk into the front door. The house has a comfortable tile-floored kitchen with an eating space.
The cabinet immediately to the left of the sink can be removed and there is pre-wiring under the sink for a dishwasher. It is a large kitchen, 10x12', and very suitable for a family.
The living room is opposite the kitchen and 16x16' in size.
The floor is real hardwood.
All the bedrooms and this living room have ceiling fans.
There is a center hall the length of the house.
At each end of the hall is a full bath. Each has a tub and shower.
The bathroom floors are ceramic tile.
There are five bedrooms!
Two are neutral in color. One is lavender, one blue and one pink, which you see here.
Obviously the bedrooms were painted with children in mind. Perhaps they picked the colors.
Perhaps they painted them themselves.
The utility/laundry room is simple but large and efficient.
It boasts an air exchanger, seen on the upper left. That is bringing in fresh air from the attic space for circulation throughout the house.
Each time the HVAC system turns on it is not merely reheating or cooling the same stale air in the house. Quite a bit of the indoor air is exchanged.
That is healthier living.
This is a comfortable house much of the world would give an arm to live in.
Why do I post this? To demonstrate what happens in our country. This is what our great country does.
These projects are not give aways. The people who will live here have contributed their time and effort to build this house. Many people have volunteered their time to help put it together and otherwise make it happen.
A phrase I hear a lot is "giving back." These people who volunteer themselves are not giving back.
They are giving.
These are people, like myself, who are contributing to the economic engine of this country. They pay taxes, work hard, play by the rules, volunteer their time and try to live good lives. What are they giving back? Why should they think they need to give back?
WHO should give back? I think people who don't do those things above should give back. And burglars, and rapists, those who assault other people, identity thieves, scam artists, the millions of illegals, sexual predators and other vile criminals, those in insurance fraud, car jackers, and white collar criminals. All of them. Every one.
These are people who take. I think the takers should give back, and give back and give back. Every one.
And I hope organizations like Habitat for Humanity continue to give. We all benefit one way or another.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560