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"Added Insulation In The Attic"

I was impressed today to read feature information about a house that was totally correct.  The feature sheet was provided by the Flipper, and in part read, "Added Insulation In The Attic."

What impressed me was that it is totally true.  Insulation was indeed added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, added indeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, added indeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, added indeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, added indeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, there were whole, very large areas devoid of insulation to be sure.  And lots of duct work had its insulation removed.  And the insulation on some duct work was loose or not attached.

But insulation was indeed added to the attic!  I was impressed that this was totally true!

My recommendation:  when a feature sheet mentions this or that thing, it might be true!  But it might not be what you think!  Best to check it out.  I'd call a home inspector!  And be sure you are getting what you pay for...

Are you as impressed as I was?

 

 

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 21 commentsJay Markanich • May 04 2011 05:13AM

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Good morning, Jay. What's your gripe the flipper didn't tell a lie, they added insulation. The thing they left out was how. Kinda like the definition of "IS"... 

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

Now, that is really sad, Jay.  I could do a better job.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Michael.  I knew you'd love it! It was added!  They found some in the yard, around the corner, in the basement, and anywhere else, and threw it into the attic!

And you're right, it does depend on what the definition of "is" is.

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

You could Debbie!  So get over there!  Take your store to their door, so to speak...

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

Hi Jay,

How sad is that???? I cant' believe people are doing such a poor job, and think that they can get away with that... And probably they do...

Thanks.

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Tatyana - I'd love to be able to say this isn't typical.  But I can't.

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

Hire your local community contractor who has experience, to many want to hire the cheapest price and then this is what happens. so sad.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

This is what happens when home owners try to add insulation.  GEEZ!  I'd have done a better job and I don't even do attics.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Jay, Pretty abysmal effort.  I think a trained chimp would have done a better job.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 9 years ago

Did the listing agent SEE the attic, or take the howeowner's word?  I would say unbelievable, but we all know that is not true.  Your pictures are amazing Jay.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) almost 9 years ago

What a joke!  Hopefully the buyers realized this is likely a sign of how the rest of the work the seller did on the home.

Posted by Jon Solomon (Javic Homes) almost 9 years ago

After seeing those photos I thought, well if that mess qualifies as insulation you might as well just thow all yor old clothes up ther as well.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 9 years ago

David - makes you wonder about contractors period, community or otherwise, right?

Lenn - that looked like it was added a piece at a time for 40 years!  Why this seller would tout it is beyond me.

Bliz - is that the same chimp that threw darts onto a chart to pick stocks, and did pretty well?

Anne - I did not meet the other agent, so I don't know what they knew or did not know!

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

Jon - I got an email from the buyers this morning thanking me for the education during the inspection and what to look for NEXT time!

Robert - hey, don't forget the dryer lint!  There has to be a little R-value to everything!

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

Well, I guess they can't be accused of puffery!   

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) almost 9 years ago

Not the seller, Coral, but the insulation could be!

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

Everyone sing,

they call him Flipper,Flipper,

builds faster than lightning,

no one he thinks, is smarter than he.

I could do a bettter job with the lights out.

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

Not quite the added the buyer was hoping for. Gotta be careful to read too much into the stat sheet.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) almost 9 years ago

But, Jim, it was perfectly true!  Added insulation!  There were no lights up there, so who knows, maybe that's how he did it too!

Randy - sometimes the stat sheet is accurate and totally useless!

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

Jay, adding insulation by itself, is not enough !!

You mean that insulation should be added properly too?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Only certain times of the year Chris.  Winter, spring, summer and fall.

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

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