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A Front Hose By Any Other Name Squirts Just As Sweet

On new construction a home inspector has to pay attention to everything.  You never know what will be encountered.  Even things that appear to be correctly done might not be!

On this new house, on the exterior inspection, I noticed that the house did not have a front or rear hose bib, but one on each side.

No problem!  I have seen that before.

Inside the house, under the kitchen sink, there was a valve with a tag on it which said: "Rear hose bib shut off."  Since the kitchen was right over the hose bib on that side, I was pretty sure they were calling that one the rear hose bib.

But then I got into the furnace room.  And this is what I saw!  Thinking it must service the bib on the other side of the house from the kitchen, I turned it off and went to see.  I was right.  But if the other one is the "rear" hose bib, this valve should read "Front hose bib shut off."

I guess...

My recommendation:  Don't assume anything on a new construction inspection.  You never, ever know...   And if I was buying this house, I would relabel the bibs altogether.

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 11 commentsJay Markanich • March 29 2010 06:40AM

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Hmmm...do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around....then front is back, right is left....and you are left in the right place, hmmm ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

I am just as right when I am left in the wrong place Sally...

And I am really good at the Hokey Pokey.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

I'm no good at the hokey Pocky unless I've been drinking.

Much like the person who labeled the bibs

Good catch

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago

Too many new construction home buyers think that an inspection is not necessary.  he home is new, right?  But I've seen bigger things wrong with new construction than anything!  And not just hokey-pokey things!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 9 years ago

It was hard to miss Don after seeing what was in the kitchen!  And this hieroglyph on the wall was 5'high!  And when you next do the hokey pokey send me a clip...

Richard - this new home has been the subject of a couple of my most recent posts!  Most new homes have a variety of interesting things, if not glaringly bad mentions.  I have more problems with new homes than with old.  I chalk it up to one word, "professionalism."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, I know for myself I can always tell a rear from a front any day----even without instructions. :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Even when they are on the sides Charlie?

This was odd labeling at best!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mr Jay,

This was very much so captivating to me.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nutsy - side to side is certainly easier than front to back or back to front.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, It always is amazing what you guys find. I guess it is chalked up to not being able to find your rear with both sides.

My broker worries a great deal..."Bill, you are NOT a home inspector." I understand this completely, legally, etc., but love to use some of the tidbits you guys post as a bold underscoring for the true need to have a home inspected by a reputable inspector, whether it is old or new.

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, www.BillSellsHotSprings.com (Meyers Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - I too learn things from posts on this site! And I am not a real estate agent!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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