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Don't Turn On The Furnace

On a recent new construction inspection I arrived much earlier than my clients.  I like to do that.  When they arrive I can greet them and introduce myself, and mention a couple of things about the house.

Usually the supervisor comes to the house when he sees me.  Often he will say something like, "Well, you won't find anything wrong with this house!"  This supervisor was no different.

I was inside this house about 10 minutes when I found three serious problems.

This is one.

The house has two furnaces, the lower level being a high efficiency, condensing gas furnace.

Very efficient, they bring fresh air in to mix with the inside air.  They also reheat for a second time the exhaust that goes through the roof of lesser-efficient furnaces.

The exhaust that results is so cool PVC can be used to blow it outside.  You can see a thermal image of a properly-working furnace here.

In this photo you can see the exhaust tubing exit through the far wall.

So what's the problem?

The problem was so serious I turned off the furnace.

It was a bit chilly, and I could see my clients were a little cold when they arrived.

Wanting to get into the warm house they came in through the garage door.

After introductions and my silly jokes, I said to the wife, "Don't take off your coat!"

"Why not?"

"Because I have turned off the furnace."

Their questioning looks said it all.  "Walk this way."

Leading them to the furnace, I gave them a quick lesson on how it works.

I like these furnaces, espcecially to be able to say to my clients how efficient they are.

This one, though, had a small problem.

Just an itsy bitsy one.

Who knows how long this broken vent has been spewing carbon monoxide into the house. 

We quickly finished in the basement, to get out of there, and when we went to the upper levels I made a point of opening windows.

As I said, this was one of THREE major things wrong with this house, in addition to the accumulation of "smaller" problems.

My recommendation:  Don't EVER skip a home inspection on new construction.  Any of a million things may have been overlooked by the supervisor on site every day!   The County had already approved the house for occupancy! 

And carbon monoxide is almost never a good thing... *

 

* Obviously that is my dry humor coming through.  It really NEVER is a good thing.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 125 commentsJay Markanich • November 19 2010 06:56AM

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You are my kind of inspector - just wish you were in NC. Love all the inspection tips you provide. Thanks for the info.

Posted by K.C. McLaughlin, Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC (RE/MAX United) over 9 years ago

Great advice Jay I always recommend one and most of the time my clients agree

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 9 years ago

K.C. - thank you but this one was easy.  I think builders should hire me to make a 20 minute swing through houses before buyers have their inspectors walk around.

James - it is silly not to have such an inspection!

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

Jay,

It never hurts to have a skilled critical eye look at new construction.  Too many buyers put their total faith in the town inspectors.  This is a great catch on your part.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 9 years ago

Mike - you are right, this house had been signed off on!

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

What a great example of WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS INSPECT...thank you Jay for sharing this...

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 9 years ago

Rene - do you like the non-smell of CO in the morning?

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

Fantastic

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 9 years ago

Ken - you mean that my clients had the circumspect attitude of hiring a home inspector?  Actually I had done the pre-drywall inspection on this house and there were so many problems I think they wanted me weeks ago.

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

OMG, Ken! I am also glad that you and your clients were OK. This could have been... anyway. Thank you so much for sharing this story. You have convince me on how important it is to get to the property early and check it out first! 

Posted by Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor (Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA) over 9 years ago

Lydie - I have been doing new construction inspections for about 10 years, and typically have more problems with them than with older houses!

Interestingly, my brother's name is Ken!   ;>)

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

Good morning Jay. OOPS...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

There were a bunch of those on this inspection Michael.  And on the pre-drywall inspection.  Not impressed I am, not!

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

Root Roh.  You are worth your weight in gold.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Cindy - this house was disgustingly unprofessional.  It will be the subject of many posts.  ONE HOUSE!  The supervisor, after he could not answer a basic question as to the installation of something, left immediately and avoided me thereafter. 

My job - to protect my client's A$$ETS.

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

Well, you won't find anything wrong with this house! After 6 years in the real estate business, I have ascertained there is something wrong with every house.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 9 years ago

This was NEW construction???That is just amazing...and scary.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 9 years ago

Jay, these new construction inspections can be SO "exhausting"

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

Jay, I have just one question for you, are they really building new houses in Virginia?

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Yikes, that's scary.  I'm looking for a new home inspector to refer to my buyer clients.  I'm glad I found your blog here.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay, very few contractors like to hear that the buyer will do an inspection, but that is their choice. Where's the photo of the red faced supervisor that told you you wouldn't find anything?

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

Cynthia - famous last words!  He avoided me after that...

Kathryn - this is the first of many posts about this one house!  And all the stuff is frightful.

Charlie - it's always best to let the gas out and not hold it in...  that's my policy anyway.

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

They are everywhere Jack.  Unfortunately the same 7-11 crew seems to go from house to house.

Justin - this was in Brambleton, the large homes behind the golf course.  It was very frightening and many posts about it will follow.

Ed - I pointed that out first, the first of many things.  The super left after seeing it and hearing me speak intelligently about it.  He figured he was in trouble.

Valerie - you will see more to come!

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

The crew was obviously working in this house with the pipe broken. No one noticed anything wrong. You know like headaches, nausea or do you suppose they may have attributed that to other reasons?

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

That is a good find on your part. Good one.

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

Good call, Jay.  I would have shut the furnace off too.  Here in Minnesota, I think the moisture issues might have been even worse than the CO ;)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Oh my goodness. How did that pass all the inspections? Oh my gosh.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 9 years ago

I don't know Jim.  I was in the house all of 10 minutes when I came across this.  None of the workers were there and the supervisor ran for the hills.  He was not even "available" by phone.

In the basements, Steve, I always look around the perimeter of the rim joist.  Not hard to find this!

It isn't really cold yet here Reuben, but the system was operating, ostensibly to prove that it is working.  Not that much moisture was being generated yet.  I don't know how long it had been on or how full the house was with CO, but I opened windows anyway.

And when I say CO is "almost never a good thing," obviously I am kidding!  Somebody reblogged me saying that was the only part he disagreed with!  So I just added another line...

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

Don't know Cheryl!  Geez, what are you doing up?  Get to bed!

 

Only I am up at this hour...  it's my quiet time.

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

Jay this is the best example I have seen so far as to why an inspection is so necessary on new construction.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

Jay this is the best example I have seen so far as to why an inspection is so necessary on new construction.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

Thank you Jennifer.  Wait til you see today's post!

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

Jay

Heres a new home one for ya.  Just Monday I had an HVAC contractor who had the supply coming out of the return filter grille and the returns coming in the supply grilles.

My question was, do you test what you install? Really?  Really?

Lee

Posted by Lee Floyd (Race City Inspections Inc) over 9 years ago

Good one Lee!  I have never seen that one.  Maybe that's how they do it in El Salvador?  I once had a kitchen light turn the fridge on and off!  Maybe it was the same guy who moved from my area to yours!

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

See, he probably has hair on his head, not his fault.  The spot on the back of mine is my air flow meter.  It is a special feature god built into me :-)

Posted by Lee Floyd (Race City Inspections Inc) over 9 years ago

Good eye!

Vivian

Posted by Vivian Gilbert, ASP, RESA (Home Staging by Vivian LLC) over 9 years ago

Special features are what make us US Lee!

Thanks Vivian.  We try, we try...  wait til you see today's post!

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

Brambleton? Hmmmmm, very good example of how we must work hard to advise and protect our clients.

Posted by Renée Montgomery, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Century 21 New Millennium) over 9 years ago

I look forward to reading your next one about this house.  I always strongly recommend inspections for my buyers and have them sign a waiver if they decide not to heed my advise.  Thanks for being on the look out for our buyers.

Posted by Melissa Stahl, Realtor, Exit 1st Class Realty over 9 years ago

Jay, you are a charm with your 'heads ups' all the time & this one is especially poignant if you've ever know a family who has had a fatal carbon monoxide occurrence...thanks for the review!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thanks Jay,  You've convinced me that a home inspection is needed even in new construction.  Now I just need to convince my clients it is money well spent.  I have always accompanied them but point out that I am not a home inspector.  Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) over 9 years ago

Jay,  I always recommend a home inspection even on a new house.  In fact, I always insert that clause into the offer, and if the Buyer's don't want it in, I storke through it and have them initial the change.  That way they can't come back to me later and accuse me of not telling them they should have had an inspection.

Its so nice to see a house inspector who actually does his job for his buyer's and protects their interests!

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) over 9 years ago

Wow.  Catastrophe averted.  I completely agree - always do an inspection on new construction.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay, another good reason why a new home buyer should always get a home inspection. What did the supervisor say when you showed him this one?

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 9 years ago

Another amazing story. I'm not happy with the furnace installer either.   I'm not sure if they do a really good job on sealing up their work.

Posted by Joel Gwillim, Associate - REALTOR® (CIR Realty - Condo Specialist) over 9 years ago

A good inspector is worth his weight in gold! 

My favorite inspector just moved out of state and it was traumatic.  He was almost "too tough" (tarnish on a door knob...really), but I always knew that he would snoop out every issue. 

Seems like your clients are lucky in the same way!

Posted by Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate, Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204 (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties) over 9 years ago

Nice write up. You know us agents always recommend a Home Inspector if for no other reason than CYA. Personally, I wish I could afford to be fuel efficient. Maybe, one day, who knows, I will be able to afford a "made in China" solar panel.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) over 9 years ago

Wow Jay. If I ever have anyone question me on my advice about inspecting a new home I will point them to this blog post. That is really something.

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 9 years ago

Terrific examples & great post.  It amazes me that people think new construction is magically 100% problem-free; (maybe because some county inspector was supposed to have inspected and approved it.)  I always strongly recommend inspections on all purchases!

Posted by Evelyn Black (Comey & Shepherd, Cincinnati, OH) over 9 years ago

I had a similar experience:  My clients were purchasing the former model home from a very highly regarded builder.  The inspector found a gas leak in the furnace!  Small, maybe, but certainly dangerous.  I find it is sometimes difficult to convince buyers to do an inspection on new construction when the builder is touting their warranty (if any) or suggesting they wait until just before the warranty period is up to do an inspection.  Fat lot of good that will do if the whole family is dead from CO poisoning!

Posted by Lorelei Windhorn (Prudential Northwest Realty Associates) over 9 years ago

As the saying goes ....  Better safe than sorry.  

Posted by Sandra Ormerod (Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Sobering Post Jay. Thanks for sharing it. I built a new home in 2004 (before I was an agent) and after we moved in we found a number of things we would have done differently.

Being proactive, I would give the advice of stopping by the home site twice weekly with a current list of everything being worked on. I would check to see that the work was being done properly and to my satisfaction. If it wasn't they would have to do it over. If it was I would give each worker there one beer to take home. They would quickly understand the reward vs penalty for doing a good job vs just the bare minimum.

BTW, we didn't get an inspection and I'm sure that would have solved some of the problems that came up later.

Posted by Nate Gerard, CDPE, East Metro Twin Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Premier) over 9 years ago

Great post and even better find. Crazy some of the things that are overlooked by builders.

Posted by Dustin McClure (Mossy Oak Properties Outdoor Realty) over 9 years ago

Excellent post!  Some time ago I had a new construction listing that had carpenter ants turn up during the inspection.  That builder was glad to take care of the problem and had welcomed the inspection.  Goes to show, though, that even with a conscientious builder, always get that home inspection.

Posted by Muriel Lawty (Keller Williams Downtown Seattle) over 9 years ago

Good job, Jay!! Just curious...what might have caused that kind of break in the PVC...at that level...to that degree? It seems that something pretty large/heavy would have had to knock into it. Or...did it blow out?????

Posted by Renee Drumm, e-PRO(R), REALTOR(R) (Home Experts Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay-Thank you for sharing this. How blatant a problem that was and dangerous, too!  Your clients will be recommending you to others for sure.  There are so many people out there ready to cut corners so they make more money that I wouldn't trust any of them.  Having someone like you check their work is priceless.

Posted by Nicole Fleming (FC Tucker Emge) over 9 years ago

A friend is doing a major remodel at his home. Every day he reviews the work done...and every day he has a punch sheet with several items of concern.  I shake my head at some of the stories of what the subs think is acceptable work - like the water lines reversed in the master bath.  "Oh you'll get used to hot is cold and cold is hot on the nobs"  Ah, no.  Not for what I'm paying you - you'll do it again, correctly.

Posted by Bea Lueck (Coldwell Banker Rox Realty) over 9 years ago

Holy Crap Batman! I know the weather is turning cold and that could be why the pipe cracked, but I'll bet those buyers are thanking their lucky stars they had you for an inspector. Otherwise, they could have died. You can't even compare that to "the inspector missed a leak in the roof" etc. People should recognize inspectors are here to make sure you are SAFE in the property. They should never be waived. 

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 9 years ago

Great eyes and a great reminder to be vigilant. That's the way to be on the look-out for your clients. A new set of eyes can often spot something amiss in every situation.

Posted by Michael Emerson (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

FYI Jay...I'm sure people have said you look like Jimmy Johnson, NFL commentator and ex-Dallas Cowboy coach. Even to the full head of hair! At least I think so!!

Posted by Michael Emerson (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Makes you wonder what happened to that PVC connection? Great job spotting it.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 9 years ago

This is no joke. I had a broker show up at a house and find her three clients dead from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a recalled heater. Thay had chosen to skip an inspection all together.

Posted by Dennis & Terri Neal, Your Home Sold in 45 Days or We Se (RE/MAX, Big Bear) over 9 years ago

So what do you guess caused the PVC to break?  Did they pull that one strap too tight?  BTW, I agree with Michael, you DO look like Jimmy Johnson!

Posted by Julie Babcock -Nook & Cranny Home Inspections (Nook & Cranny Home Inspections Tonawanda, NY) over 9 years ago

Jay,

Great job. A new construction inspection is a must. I am always amazed what can be missed and done incorrectly. And like this, some are life safety issues.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

We're inspectors in Cary NC.  It's amazing what gets left off or passed in new construction.  We just did a home last week with a crack in the slab foundation that went from the front to the back.  Needless to say the buyers backed out on that one.  We've found joists cut to make room for plumbing, ridge caps missing from roofs.  New homes definetly need inspections just like lived in homes.  I tell agents and clients that building supervisors can't possibly be at all the homes being built during all the phases when trades are working; things get missed.  That vent pipe was probably broken after the city/county inspector inspected it.  Anyway, good job.

Posted by Pat Rentz (VIP Inspection Services Inc) over 9 years ago

Great advice, Jay. We've skipped on our home inspection with our first home. And did regret it after. Nothing major happened, but we could reduce the price more if we knew of not-so-perfect condition of the furnace. No more saaving on such things!

Posted by Eve Rusakova, Home Stager, Toronto, ON (Studio 74, Home Staging and Redesign) over 9 years ago
Yesterday I had someone ask me if I thought they needed to do a home inspection on new construction. My reply "Especially do one on new construction!!!" I use to build homes and know many of the strange things that occur in new construction!
Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 9 years ago

Back when our county still had building inspectors for residential contruction, those guys knew nothing. Some of them had been carpenters or contractors who couldn't make it, so they took that "nearly minimum wage" job just to have an income.

My husband was building custom homes at the time.

The inspectors did like to find something wrong, just to throw their weight around, so our crews started carrying the code book along to show them what was and wasn't code. The whole thing was a joke.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 9 years ago

Picky, picky, picky . . . thank goodness.

Posted by Thomas McCombs (Century 21 HomeStar) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay,

I have to say, that I learn something new with each inspection I attend. And I also hear about class action lawsuits about things that have gone wrong in whole subdivisions.....bad drywall, cracked stucco, windows installed improperly, etc. Home inspections are very important. I always advise buyers to get inspections and require a waiver if they refuse.

Posted by Karen Burns over 9 years ago

Jay - Every time that I read one of your posts I always end up learning so much - thanks!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

Renee - you know right where they are!  Da beeg wuns!

Melissa - I hope you enjoy it!  There is plenty to say about this house!

Ginny - I have had houses with CO problems before and they are never fun to deal with.

Margaret - if you saw what I routinely see, you would not have to be convinced by a blog post or two!

Gloria - the agents do that around here too.  And thanks!

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

Margaret - not the only catastrophe.  The builder will be mad at me when he sees my report.

Michael - the supervisor had already run for the hills!  We did not hear from him again.  I am going back, after the "repairs" are made.

Mike - this could have been broken from inside or out.  They had Bobcats in the yard landscaping it.  My bet is on one of those.

Gayle - I am not as specific as that!  But I try...    ;)

Gregory - you don't want a solar panel, trust me, and you don't want ANYTHING from China, trust me again...

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

Denise - this post barely scratches the surface!

Evelyn - I am far more snoopy than any County guy or the supervisor on site.

Lorelei - that would have been a very bad news story.  It always is and the deaths are so often avoidable.

Sandra - and my clients will be safe in this regard!

Nate - the School of Hard Knocks is a cruel, but effective, teacher!

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

Dustin - and getting crazier every day!

Muriel - that is interesting.  That means they were there and the house invaded them!

Renee D - I don't know, but suspect the Bobcats in the back yard grading and landscaping.

Nicole - home inspectors try very hard to stay current and work conscientiously.  That is my experience anyway.

Bea - some things are becuase they are logical and the codes spring from such logic!

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

Thanks Christianne!  I think that pipe was impacted from outside.

Thanks Michael.  Inspectors do try to be vigilant!  Jimmy Johnson?  Never heard that...

OK, maybe 10 or 12 times a week, and, honestly twice today!

Lyn - maybe a Bobcat landscaping tractor out back.  I think it got hit pretty hard!

D&T - you don't know what you don't know!  So get a professional!

Julie - broken probably from outside, with a Bobcat grading the yard.  I think anyway.  Jimmy and I were separated at birth...

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

Donald - we deal with some very important issues and none of us pounds on our chests.  That's not to say we don't get upset from time to time!

Thanks Pat.  No doubt you have seen the properly-installed ridge vent, only to get into the attic to see that the roof was never cut to allow air to escape through it!

Eve - live and learn!  Glad you had no serious repercussions!

Kathy - I agree with that statement completely!

Marte - that happens.  Now you only have to carry around a code cd!

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

Thomas - like that since I was a kid!  Good to be, too, when you are a home inspector!

Karen - sometimes the same mistakes go from house to house and everyone experiences the same thing.

Thank you Barbara-Jo for your nice compliments!

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

And thank you to everyone for the reblogs!  That is very kind of you.

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

A lot of parts and people are invovled in building a house.  Something is going to go wrong somewhere.  Always get an inspection.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thousands of things Gene!  And these went wrong from the start...

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

Everything happens for a reason. I just happen to come across this blog and I'm now negotiating new construction. They are promoting following the punch lst.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) over 9 years ago

Way to go!! I attend home inspecitons with clients, and I am amazed at all I learn.  A home inspection, can be a very valuable resource for both buyers and sellers.

 

 

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) over 9 years ago

Bev - have that home checked very, very carefully!

Karen - I am glad you learn so much!  I learn new stuff on just about every inspection!  Maybe not the same things you learn though...

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

Jay,

Good work as always.

I also usually suggest to the home owner (to be) that if they have a 1year warranty to call again 3 months before the warranty expires to have a second inspection to ensure that everything is in order and if there are any problems the building contractor will have to repair/replace because it's still under warranty.

Posted by Aubrey Kahn (Firm Foundation Home Inspections Inc) over 9 years ago

Thanks Aubrey.  I do a lot of one-year inspections.  Interestingly, around here some of the builders are doing that inspection at 11 months!  I think it is a trick to get out from under a bit quicker.  So I tell them to call me at 10 months and we will go from there!

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

Dear Jay,

You would think that new homes do not need a home inspection, because they are new and perfect, right? Unfortunately, I have had more problems with new construction and relatively young homes than older homes, which are mostly decorationally challenged. I recommend more than one inspection on new construction now, so someone takes a peek before the walls are closed up.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 9 years ago

A good reason why I recommend a home inspection for new and resale homes. Always find a couple of items, some as bad as this one.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) over 9 years ago

Dorte - I have been saying that for a long time - new homes can be real problems.  It gets back to professionalism.  I usually do a pre-drywall inspection (as I did for this client) and a final prior to closing.

Jon - this was one of many!  Overall this house was pathetic and I am going back to re-inspect this week.

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

Jay- it only takes one mistake with carbon monoxide.  The builder and the buyer should have been thankful you found the problem. 

Posted by Diane Williams over 9 years ago

Jay, great post and hammers down the point of inspections of new homes.  One of my buyers asked if it was insulting to inspect a new home, since it had been "inspected" already.  NO!  Keep up the good work.

Posted by The Hollinden Team, Serving the Greater Louisville area (EXP Realty) over 9 years ago

The buyer surely is Diane!  The builder should be, but I am a fly buzzing about their heads.

Steve - a new house is not inspected by any body or authority as closely as does a home inspector!

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

Wow!  I have heard some agents have sellers do a home inspection as part of the listing process. Your experience, makes me a believer!!  Thank you for the information. 

Posted by Robert Courtney, Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS over 9 years ago

Bob - and I am glad you are believing!  Hire a good inspector!

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

DEAD OWNERS TELL NO TALES!

I guess you saved someone's "rear" and maybe lives.  

Posted by Tom Waite, So Cal-Apartment Bldg Investments (Thomas Waite Real Estate Broker) over 9 years ago

That would be the new phrase of the day, wouldn't it Tom!  And who knows, maybe...

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

Funny how people think because the house is new, it is perfect. Imagine the horror if the homeowner had not hired you! Thank you for sharing. 

Posted by Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent, Bringing you Home! (Professional Realty Services® International ) over 9 years ago

Liane - they would have been another soon-forgotten news story and a statistic.

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

Wow Jay!  That is a scary story!  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 9 years ago

Could have been scarier, DeeDee, and thanks for stopping in again!

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

A former manager of mine was upset when I suggested to my clients, who were looking to buy new construction, that we bring in an inspector. She said we would insult the builder. (She used to rep builders.) I really didn't care if I insulted them or not.

Last year my remodeler husband found a framing nail shot through the gas line to a basement fireplace....that had been there for 10 years (when the house was originally built). Go figure.

Posted by Barbara Charlton (inactive - license is on ice with State of MN) over 9 years ago

Wow, Barbara!  Good thing that was found.  And you won't be surprised to hear that I am not surprised!

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

Hey, you don't have to clarify your humor for me ;) 

(#30)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

A "second" pair of eyes prior to closing is absolutely necessary. Things happen to houses during the building process and even after that need to be recognized and addressed. It's not insulting to a builder... if there's a problem they can fix it; if there are no problems, good for them.

A house is expensive. It makes good sense to inspect. If the builder gets "offended" too bad. It's a business transaction.

I've listed homes years after the initial construction, but people that didn't get an inspection when they first bought it because the house was "new".  Defects that should have been caught in the beginning were still present. Guess who picks up the tab for correction of those problems (hint: it's not the builder).

Sometimes people think they can rely on city/county building inspectors. Maybe, maybe not. I wouldn't and you won't get them back after the fact either...

New construction--Always recommend a home inspection.

Posted by Dava Behrens, Broker, Corvallis, Oregon (Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers) over 9 years ago

Good catch, and good advice! You saved some people from a lot of sickness, and possibly something worse.

Posted by Jason Channell, The House Sleuth (Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan) over 9 years ago

I knew that Reubs.  People are funny and some of the literalists out there don't get sarcasm or dry humor.  I have read enough of some people, like you, to know you do!

Dava - all well said.  I am independent and objective.  My inspections have everything to lose and nothing to gain from my identifications or non-identifications.  That is what people are paying for.

Jason - wasn't too hard to find!  These furnaces have been out what now, about 15 years (?), and I have never seen this before.

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

Jay, glad to see you slept in this morning!  I had never thought about recommending inspections for new homes until I joined AR and read some of the post.  This one is a testimonial for using an inspector if I've ever heard one.  Thanks for sharing, you may have saved more than your clients life today!

Posted by Stephanie Williams, Realtor Murrells Inlet (Seaside Properties) over 9 years ago

It's hard enough convincing my buyer clients to have an inspection on new construction (after all, it's new!), but then had to talk my husband into having one for the new construction WE were buying.  After the fact, he was glad we did!  Nothing is perfect...not even a new home...and as you pointed out, things can be overlooked.

Posted by Deidre Berry, Realtor - Florence, Alabama (WOW Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Stephanie - well, I had to write an article for a magazine today and it took up my early hours!  But thanks for the compliment regarding the blog!

Deidre - glad you got the inspection after all!  AND I am glad you found it useful!

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

Wow. Good catch. I always recommend inspection but you've given me additional ammunition...

Posted by Jan Stevens (Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh) over 9 years ago

Just following the yellow brick road Jan!  Keep up!

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

You won't find ANYTHING wrong with this house... except it might POISON YOU.

 

Great post Jay. Do you have a blog outside of Activerain? We'd be interested in exchanging links or guest posts with our blog at http://northvalleyhvac.com/

Posted by Kirk Buscho (North Valley Mechanical) over 9 years ago

Thanks Kirk.  Yes, I post some of my blogs on my website, but our sites are already linked!  Should I have another blog location?  Do you have one outside your website?

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

Good catch Jay. All homes need to be inspected, even new ones.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 9 years ago

Wasn't too hard to find this one Wayne.  I always go around the basement and check the rim joist in an unfinished basement.  To my surprise this is what I found...

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

Having a background in construction, I have now subscribed to your blog. It is very helpful to keep up on stuff like this. Thanks for posting Jay.

Posted by Sam Fischer over 9 years ago

Thank you Sam for the compliment and for subscribing!

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

Jay:  This is such an excellent post.  It makes it very obvious that skipping an inspection on a new home... just because it's a "new home"... can be a very foolish thing to do.  Your "inspection posts" really highlight how incredibly knowledgeable you are.  Your customers and clients are very lucky to have you working for them.  Have a Great Thanksgiving.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Thank you as always Karen.  This house was a gem, with this being the first of what could turn out to be many posts! Interestingly I have more problems on newer homes than on old, especially brand new homes!

I hope you and yours have a wonderful day too, and be sure to remember what Washington suggested in his 1789 proclamation!

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

A friend of mine died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her home just this last week.  She was a very spirited, elderly woman who simply forgot to turn her car off when she pulled into her attached garage one evening.  She passed away in her favorite living room chair.  I cannot stress enough the importance of having WORKING fire and carbon monoxide detectors in your homes!  So glad you were able to spot the problem before someone was harmed.

Posted by Rhonda Abbott, Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH (Howard Hanna) over 9 years ago

It is a poisoning that happens in this country about 1000 times a year Rhonda. And you are right, it is preventable.

I'm sorry to hear this story.  I hope all have recovered from the loss.

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

Jay - Thanks for the continuing tips and I've added this post as an example of why my new home buyers should get a home inspection.  There is always a tension between the builder and the inspector ... and red faces are frequent on the builders' side.  Thanks again for the illustration.

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi, The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi) over 9 years ago

Jack - the builder's specs and final product are only as good as the supervisor on site every day and the sub contractors.  That can account for some red faces!

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

@ Jay and Jack:  I totally agree with you, Jay, about who the individual "supervisor"... they call the "superintendents" here... so much depends on who that is... that in some neighborhoods where there was enough activity to have three or four active superintendents... from 2002-2006... when I sold a "build job" I was able to request (translated "mandate") which one would build my client's home... and the builder complied.

So... I have much personal experience in seeing the differences between the quality of the builder's work... depending on who the specific superintendent was.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

I totally agree Karen Anne.  And I've been saying that for years.  Interestingly, 12 or so years ago I never did new construction inspections!  Now I would not recommend a house without them.

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

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