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Don't Ever Forget Home Security!

In the interesting crawl space I beamed into I discovered another frightening thing, to me anyway.  This crawl space was not secure!  One side had a small door secured with a stick and the other had no door but was bricked over.  That bricked access is visible in Beam Me Down, Scottie.  While crawl spaces can be made secure, this one obviously has not been for some time.

This is typical of many crawl spaces, where an old stair case door has been walled over in favor of the small outside accesses. 

And while that stair case is in itself insecure, that is not what bothered me.

I was bothered when I approached the stairs and looked up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is access directly to the attic!  With a home-made ladder on the left side!  Come on in!

That is a bad-guy invitation!  You can lock your doors and windows and leave for work (or go to bed) and someone finding his way under your house can get into the attic and from there into the house itself!  Not smart, especially if you value your life!

My recommendation:  When you have a crawl space, also have it inspected!  There may be access from there into the house proper and you might have never known.  A friend of mine is a detective on the DC police force who tells me that burglars know more about your house than you do.  I trust that he is correct!

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 16 commentsJay Markanich • May 21 2010 06:52AM

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I don't know where this house is but they probably leave the door unlocked also.

Posted by John Armstrong (Coldwell Banker Heart of America) about 10 years ago

It's in not-so-rural Virginia John.  The house had lots of additions and lots of doors, all of which were locked.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Great tip.  The burglars are getting more and more ingenious in how they gain access to homes.  It is important for home-owners to not throw provide a welcome mat!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) about 10 years ago

Oh gee Jay...no appreciation for that little touch of homade...hmmmm...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 10 years ago

Jay - Is this another case of going "Up the Down Staircase?"

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 10 years ago

Kathryn - they are clever and it's important to protect ourselves.

S&D - not in that regard!  All very, very home made!

John - I confess, I didn't even go up that down stair case!  Or the "ladder"...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

It is my experience and belief that without a good security system one can end up with intruders inside the home.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Last weeks inspection had a piece of plywood covering the crawlspace opening. When you crawl inside it led to a half concrete block wall of a partial basement. Then you could easily take the basement stairs up to the rest of the house.

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) about 10 years ago

Jay- since the home inspection profession is dangerous, maybe we should get hazardous pay- lol

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Steve - I have seen that picture somewhere else and can't remember where.  Now I believe it was taken in the house my post is about!

Troy - sounds like this house!  The stairs were blocked off, but with a good power saw entrance to the house would be a cinch.

Eric - we don't?  At least this crawl space didn't have black widows!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

You get so much more cool stuff to inspect over there in historic Virginia than I do out here.

Posted by Not a real person about 10 years ago

Russel - for home inspection problems, this house was a gem!  Lots to blog about...  although not very historic.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay, and not to mention the fire-stopping issues of a chase like that.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Did you mean the fire-not-stopping issues Charlie?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Wow, I cannot believe someone has not fixed that problem over the years.

Aaron

Posted by Aaron Silverman, Improving Real Estate Experience through Education (SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC) about 10 years ago

Who knows how long it has been this way Aaron!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

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