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Siding Guy, Meet Vent Guy

Arriving at a final inspection of a new construction, to a house no where near ready for us, practically before even saying hello to Coral Gundlach, the Realtor, I playfully had to show her this!  It kind of set the tone for the day...

Now, how fun is that!?

A siding guy simply wouldn't do this to his siding job.

And this vent guy simply doesn't know how to cut properly through a siding job to set a vent.

I think this is one of those post-facto things that happens when details are forgotten along the way.  It indicates improper configuration management, where one trade is scheduled before another.

Surely it was known that the kitchen was to have a vent through the wall.  And the time to cut that vent, really, is BEFORE the siding goes up!

A siding guy is very able to situate his product around a given opening.

A vent guy is not so able to situate his vent through already-installed siding.

At least it's delightfully level!  OK, maybe not so level.  And it does kind of look beat up.  And it's not flashed.  And it only has one attachment (the nail in the lower right corner).  And the flap doesn't open properly.  But hey, details, details!

At this point the siding guy is going to have to remove at least three pieces of siding to reconfigure around this vent.  But what can the vent guy do to improve this?

Who cares!  I, for one, would not trust him to do so.  Geez o' flip, get a different guy!

My recommendation:  despite the Realtor's doing everything right in scheduling this final walk through, well in advance, the supervisor was "at least a day off" (his words) and not quite ready for the inspection.  Workers were everywhere, the place was a mess, and we will have to go back to finish up what we couldn't that day.  But even if he was ready, this vent is an example of how you NOT want your final product displayed to your customer!

 

 

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 88 commentsJay Markanich • February 18 2011 03:47AM

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Wow. Now this is why propoer planning is so critical.  Very sad indeed.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

The beat goes on, huh Debbie?!  Glad you could stop by so early!  Big day ahead?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

  I am sure you "vented" your construction instruction....a kitchen vent would hardly be a surprise...you'd think...think...hmmmm...that seems to be the operative word...and someone did not...at least not ahead of time.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

thats ugly.  I could do that.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 8 years ago

Good chop job. Couldn't have done better myself...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

That's just not even remotely funny.  How about SOME level of professionalism please??  Just another clear reason to have a home inspection.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 8 years ago

Oh Jay, I had a feeling this disastrous inspection would make your blog.  And a feature at that.  Hall of shame for sure.  Will they be ready for you, as promised, again, this morning at 8:00 am?  I sure do hope so.

Maureen - that is exactly what I said!  

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) over 8 years ago

Embarrassing! Should we be surprised that the vent even ended up in the correct location. 

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Disgusting, positively disgusting!  Now, I wonder what else in this wonderful NEW home has been blatantly thrown together . . .

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 8 years ago

Jay,

Of course, when you lifted the damper, you found a nekkid stud running through the center of the opening ready to soak up all that hot cooking oil and steam, right?

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 8 years ago

The average do it  yourselfer could have done a better job than this. How about the question are you sure I need an inspection on this new built home?

Posted by Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities, Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az ) over 8 years ago

Tish - that is the scary part, isn't it?  Fortunately, Jay did a pre-drywall inspection so we THINK we should have it all covered between the two, I mean THREE inspections he will have done.

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) over 8 years ago

Aw Jay, at leaast give that vent guy a little credit. He found the house and the kitchen, he knew where the wall was. Just because he botched the rest and forgot the nails, he should do better in his real trade, painting.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

Well see everything on our jobs, don't we...

Posted by A1 Certified Home Inspections over 8 years ago

Jay,

Just slap on a bit of duct tape and the problem will be solved! LOL.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 8 years ago

As a guy who used to hang siding for a living I can tell you that definitely wasn't done by the siding installer.....hopefully the builder doesn't have a "just put some caulk around it" attitude.

Posted by Brian Kuhns, Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns (Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber) over 8 years ago

Jay...

This happens a lot more than people think it does. There are a lot of "after-thoughts" on homes that will lead to serious damage in a short period of time.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Good Morning Jay.  You mean to tell me that vinyl siding does not cut and bend like sheet metal?  When the trades "re-design" the other previous trades work, like plumbers cutting wood support members to fit in the drain trap, the result is likely not good.

Who's in favor of new construction inspections?  We are!!

Happy Trails!!

Posted by Rob Smith (Rob Smith Property Investigations) over 8 years ago

Jay, this is unbelievable for new construction. I guess he didn't have enough caulk to fill the large opening.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

Hi Jay~  There are some that just do not and can not take pride in their work and will just throw it together to say it is done.  What a shame for the homeowner that their contractors don't care enough to do it right the first time!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 8 years ago

Thats how it would look if I did the cut, but thats why I dont touch vents or siding.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 8 years ago

If I were the builder, I would be so angry, seeing shoddy workmanship like this.

As the buyer, it make me wonder what other corners were cut.  Yikes.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 8 years ago

Goodfind Jay!!

Posted by Jim Keilson, Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing. (Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Jay, As the saying goes...It's all in the timing.  I have a feeling this inspection is going to yield more posts with more interesting photos!  Congratulations on being featured!

Posted by Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale, WendeByTheBay.com - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula (Wende Schoof) over 8 years ago

Perfectly level vent for New England.

Helps the snow and rain fall off faster silly, that's why you don't need flashing lol

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 8 years ago
Jay, communication breakdown. There was a supervisor? It goes to show, you get what you pay for.
Posted by Craig Snead, Real Estate Investor (Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI) over 8 years ago

Un-believable! The vent guy could have called up the contractor and had the siding guy come back and do his/her thing. I'm sure everyone would have thought it a big waste of precious time then, but look what they have to do now? It has to be re-done wasting even more time and effort. Some trades people...

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) over 8 years ago

Gosh, Jay, if I saw that on a new home I'd probably never show another home by that builder - not without sharing a photo of this from my cell phone so the buyer has an idea of what to expect.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Jay,  Is there no end to the sloppy work you find from trades people ?  And why just walk away as if it won't be found !?!

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 8 years ago

Don't need an inspector to spot that one, Jay. You called it right:it's a management problem first, second the vent guy, just didn't try, didn't care.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 8 years ago

How is that possible?  It boggles my mind to think that anyone would consider that an acceptable way to do ones job.

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) over 8 years ago

Jay,

It is always weird when one worker botches something up while doing his part of the job. Weird maybe, but common too.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Horrific! It's tuff lik ethis that can keep you up at night wondering, how thse people stay in business. You ae only as good as your last customer.

Posted by Traci Ferguson, Realtor, EcoBroker, LEED AP (San Luis Obispo Realtor & ecoBroker with Patterson Realty) over 8 years ago

Jay - always like your posts.  My concern however, is that you are being too nice to the builder in this situation.  Why you may ask?  Because, you don't name the builder publicly calling him out for the work his subs do.  I think we (Realtors, Inspectors, etc) at times, 'enable' this type of behavior as there are no consequences (or pain) felt by the parties responsible.  What does it cost this builder?  Some time to coordinate the repair?  Big deal.  At the end of the day, they buyers will still purchase the property and the builder gets the money and moves on.

Now, publicly name the builder with a picture of the workmanship and you will force the builder to publicly address the situation.  New potential buyers may be aware of the workmanship issues and as a result, hire an inspector to due more frequent inspections (besides just the pre four-way and final walk-through).  Heck, the buyers may even negotiate to have the builder pay for one or more of those inspections.

This type of public reaction to the situation could likely cause the builder to change how they process plan future jobs (now that would be the best result).  We have a wonderful forum to improve the overall 'quality' of our related industries, by highlighting those responsible for this type of work.  It would also help the public to understand if these situations are simply a freak occurance or a pattern.  Just a thought.

BTW - keep up the great posts....many of them make me think about how to improve my customer service.

Posted by Craig Frazer, Real Estate, RE/MAX Metro, Davis & Salt Lake County over 8 years ago

Sounds like they used the old, "Oh, we are not done yet, you came too early excuse".  I've heard that one before.  So many buyers don't understand the importance of a home inspection on new construction.  This is just one of the many reasons!  Great Post

Posted by Kieno Simeon Your South Riding Real Estate Consultant (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

HOBBYIST.  That is what I call workmanship like this.  HOBBYIST.  Shoddy work.  Is it even level?  Siding guy could have had it framed out so there wouldn't have been this problem.  Cheap vent, btw.  How did you not have a stroke as I am sure there is more "it's not finished in shoddy shape".  Where did they find the builder?  On a street corner? 

There are certain levels of qualify finish work and it begins with the general contractor or builder.  I had a client who wanted to cut corners on cost.  She got what she paid for.  Interesting thing is that I brought in one of my contractors and he did an awesome job on the front of the house, the sides, redoing the brick on the back, for $1,000 more then the fee the other contractor charged her for only doing the back!

I was the Realtor and even though she hired this HOBBYIST, I stood outside in the cold for two days with this contractor that she hired to make sure that the insulation was installed properly, sealed, J-channel was cut right, caulking done, siding was installed and level. 

I disagree with Craig about the type of public reaction because most homeowners, buyers, sellers, do not know what to expect.  Dreaming about a builder changing his ways ... they usually don't understand unless they have a certain value system.  I know some awesome builders and they are worth every penny!

Proud of you for posting this because the consumer does listen, read and watch.  They do not understand or know what to expect for when they see the finished product.  You are an awesome inspector.

 

 

Posted by Barb Van Stensel over 8 years ago

What are people thinking when they do this type of work? Good catch

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 8 years ago

OMG!!!  Sooooo funny!  God, you think that people would think before they do something...

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 8 years ago

I think your being pretty nice...I know what that is....

Posted by Cory Barbee, Broker (760) 563-4022 over 8 years ago

Oh funny title....too bad it's frustrating on the "real" end. I never understand why this is all so hard.....lol.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

Boy is that hideous! Can't say I've ever seen a vent, or siding, that bad. This is one of those situations where two negatives certainly don't make a positive!!

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Ugly!  You're right not to trust the vent guy on...well, anything!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) over 8 years ago

This is a classic example of why buyers need a home inspection performed on new construction homes.  Many buyers of new construction in my area feel that they do not need the home inspected because it is brand new.

Posted by Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO, Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ (Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan) over 8 years ago

I used to be a contractor in my younger days doing new construction.  It seems that not a whole lot has changed in the last 25 years.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Jay, but where is the duct tape and the 4 tubes of caulk?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Wow, that is a NEW house?

Posted by Bill Dandridge, GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker (MKB, Realtors) over 8 years ago

Me oh my, what a fun way to start the day! Thanks for sharing Jay..

Posted by Ron Holborn, Commercial & SFR, Anaheim CA, Real Estate & Short (Short Sales, Foreclosures, Rentals, Income Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Jay, I would probably hesitate to buy this house. If they have such blatant disregard for what you can see, can you imagine the problems with items you can't see.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Scary to think how things turn out behind the scene (like in the walls, etc) when that is so obvioulsy wrong to anyone who sees it. Guess that's what home inspectors are for!

Posted by Tricia DeSouza, Selling Scottsdale Luxury (HomeSmart) over 8 years ago

Sheesh - another great example to keep around for the next time I have new home buyers who balk at spending the money for a home inspection!!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

S&D - methinks they no thinks.  Mevents they no vent.

Maureen - I bet lots of people see that and think they could too.  I have no doubt about it really!

I beg to differ Michael.  You could and you know it!

Bliz - the neighbors have probably been looking out their window and seeing this for a while, and are likely wondering about their house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Coral - I got there a little after 7.  There were only a few (5) workers in the house finishing up.  I was basically unfettered.  And Maureen, I think she did!

People saw this house before and don't realize it!  Shhh...

Laura - or ALMOST the proper location!  It should have been embarrassing!

Tish - a few things I guess!  The HVAC has issues, with each of its two zones.

Mike - a microwave was blocking that view!  It could be that stud is holding up the microwave!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jim - you probably aren't surprised by the numbers of people who believe the builder who tells them they don't need an inspection.

Coral - and the pre-drywall wasn't bad!  I was exceptionally disappointed with my two follow-up inspections...

And I felt badly for our client who came from Philadelphia to get turned away by a ho-hum supervisor who was "just a day off..."

Valerie - I don't know!  Maybe he stabbed at it with a big camping knife.

I don't know Ed.  He botched a lot and seems to have done a little painting to try to mellow tone the inside of the vent cap.  He dripped that onto the siding, without cleaning it.  Only one drip shows in my photo however.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Not yet A1!  I don't think that day will ever come!

And it was so disappointing not to see any Irene!

If he does caulk it, Brian, it won't last long.  That is the hot side of the house.  Not that he should do that anyway...

Richard - which is what the supervisor is for.  He insures that the trades are doing things in the proper order.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

But Rob, it cuts just like buttah!  Redesign is a good word!  So often done!

Michael - and if not caulk, there are so many other things he could have used - duct tape or interior drywall screws!

Vickie - and the final result is not great either.  I am wondering what the client will think of it!

Sorry, Chuck, but I think you might do a bit better...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Alan - I had no subsequent interaction with the supervisor to see his reactions to my findings.  Coral may know better!

Jim - that one wasn't too hard!  And the loose vinyl siding just above this location wasn't either!  Can you sing "Blowin' in the Wind?"

Could be Wende.  Don't know how many I'll get out!

You know, Don, you could be right!  Silly me.  I need to think like a New Englander!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Craig - he seems to always be a "day behind..."  And I didn't see him this morning when I did my follow up.

Peg - you know how there's always enough time to come back again and again to try to get it right!

Margaret - I bet you have seen, and/or shown, LOTS of homes by this builder!  Rhymes with schmulte...

Bill - the supervisor is probably saying, today, that it was already on his list.  That's the famous answer to stuff I come up with!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Robert - it IS a management problem!  And I wonder if there was even a vent guy.  This could have been the plumber or tile guy for all I know.

Melanie - I call it 7-11 construction.  They go to 7-11 in the morning and pick up a few people to "accomplish" the day's activities.  All professionals of course.

Steve - it's more common than many realize.  How often do you see how the plumber cuts through structure to set a drain line?

Traci - that is true.  But this builder has been in this area, and maybe yours, for a long time.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I remember at the first house I had built, the day before closing, there were 25 workers/contractors inside and out trying to get everything finished. It was a zoo, just like the one you describe.

Posted by Retired Notworking over 8 years ago

I could have done better than the Vent Guy!

Posted by Jerry Morse, BBA,GRI (The Morse Company) over 8 years ago

Jay-  You just find the neatest stuff!  Looks like a job for some wi i i i ide caulk. 

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

I have a feeling that this is another important reason why people need to get home inspections?

Posted by Jason M. Keith, Equal Housing Lender (Caliber Home Loans) over 8 years ago

Thanks Craig!  Glad you enjoy the posts.  People often ask me if this or that is a good builder.  The answer to the question is that all the builders put out good specs, but the final product depends on the supervisor who is on site every day, and the subs working to bring it together.  The photo above is an example of both...  but I have inspected some very good houses by this builder before in other areas.

KW Realty - yes, I have heard that one too!  We set this date because the supervisor told us, well in advance, that he would be done!  I don't think one day made that much difference!  He wasn't ready period.

Thanks Barb.  Those were very nice words.  You sound like the kind of supervisor this project needed on site!

And Hobbyist is a GREAT word!

Harry - apparently thinking it is worthy and completed!  Not!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Chris - we can think they will think all they think we will know they are thinking, but I think they don't think about caring what others think.

Geez, or something like that!

You're right Coach!  I know what it is too, but my kind word for it is 7-11 construction!

Karen - done at the right time a vent is not difficult.  Done at the wrong time, by the wrong people, and you see what you get!

Aaron - you took Algebra I also!  But you are right in this case!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Looks like the vent guy was pi$$ed off at the siding guy (or scheduler) and took it out on the house!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 8 years ago

Jeremy - not a whole lot of trust going around here, is there?

Bob - I have about 30 posts, or more, that could convince them otherwise!

Dan - some things change.  Principles do not.

Charlie - I was very disappointed too!  The gray tape would blend in perfectly, provide a good seal, automatic flashing, hide all the bad cuts.  Don't know what they were thinking really.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

So they tell me Bill!  I have been there many times, and yep, it is!

Glad to make your morning Ron, but kind of at my client's expense.

Tammie - these things will simply have to be made good!  Closing isn't until the 28th.

Tricia - fortunately we saw this house pre-drywall.  Behind what you see isn't so bad!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Nancy - home inspectors are cheap at twice the price!

Colleen - isn't it true?  There is no activity for weeks and then boom! 30 guys running around like crazy the last two days before the walk through.

Jerry - not sure what it pays, but I think you would be hired!

John - the glazing tube with the big square end?  Works for me!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jason - was it the post that gave you that feeling?  There are more too, my friend!

Cynthia - or at somebody!  He made his mark, that is for sure!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

So Jay – you mean that’s not the way it’s typically done in your state? 

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 8 years ago

This is becoming the new normal, Sue, like so many things in our country...

And none of the new normal is good!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Good evening, Jay. Well... that is a pretty sad looking vent job. (Definitely hire a new vent guy!)

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) over 8 years ago

I kind of thought so too, Bill, but apparently I was in the vast minority.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Uncle Bob! He disguised himself as the vent guy and snuck onto the job site. Or it could be crappy work by a crappy contractor.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 8 years ago

I'm going with the latter Jim.  Wouldn't new construction be kind of out of Uncle Bob's M.O.?  He's more of a remodeling type.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

That's one of the nastiest vent terminations ever.  Betcha anything the repair involves a tube of caulk and nothing else.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 8 years ago

Duck tape seems to fix most things....

Thank,s

 

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Ouch!  Talk about embarassing.  All to common though.  Proper plaaning prevents poor performance.

Posted by Don Hintz (2D-enterprises / HAUS Design, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay- I've seen some bad jobs, but there's no way they could make that work!

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

And some real wide J tracks, a different color Reubs!  No kidding.

Thinking so myself, I was disappointed Patricia when I didn't see any.

And alliteration makes things not only fun to say, but a pretty good point too Don!

Eric - nice to see you!  Tap, tap here.  Glue, glue there.  A little caulk, some fingernail polish and boom!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I bet you see this sort of stuff more then you would care to Jay.

Posted by Robert Amato (Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc) over 8 years ago

Well, yes Bob!  I do, both in old and new construction!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Urban Dictionary definition for Geez-O-Flip:

"An accepted variation of saying "Jesus Christ" within circles in the Washington DC area."

I thought I was the only one that used that term! I just knew you were a local. I bet you also say "Warshington"

 

Posted by Renée Montgomery, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

Wow, Renee, I don't know how the one phrase translates into the other!  If I thought I was speaking lightly of the Lord I would not use the phrase!  I was born at GW Hospital downtown (our family came to the Washington area in 1737) and do not put the R in Washington!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Jay, The early bird gets the worm, but in this case the vent.

Good luck in 2011

Clint

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 8 years ago

This was one sorry vent Clint.  And thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, another example of why a proper home inspection is vital when contemplating purchasing a home.  Thanks for sharing this example with us. 

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris - you are welcome!  Wow, you really made the blog rounds this morning...  I'm glad you did!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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