What I'm Seeing Now

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Loosey Goosey

From a certain angle things can look good!  As with most things, it pays to view things from different points of view.

All of the service boxes are located together.  This is great!  It makes things convenient. 

The AC compressor is right in front, so if you had to work on them a bit of leaning is needed.  But it is not that close, and the boxes are all accessible.

But don't be deceived!

One of these boxes is loosey goosey.

Can you see it from this angle?

The electric meter is very loosely attached to the wall.

This is never a good thing.

And siding is missing behind the box!  I bet the wall leaks!

Actually it does.  The wall is unprotected and saturated.  There is a gap all around the service cable where it enters the house too.

This all accounts for the moisture and staining in the basement over and around the panel box.

And the beginnings of rust inside the panel box.

The old vinyl siding used to go all around the box, and it was sealed with flashing and caulking.  This siding is fairly new and not a whole lot of time has elapsed allowing water inside.  But it has gotten in!

Also, the gap around the service cable is a prime, and I mean PRIME, entry point for mice.

And guess what evidence we found all over the basement?  Not good!

My recommendation:  it pays to look AT and also AROUND all attachments to a house.  There may be gaps you don't want to see.  Gaps can lead to water and water can lead to problems.  What am I saying!  Water ALWAYS leads to problems!

 

 

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 23 commentsJay Markanich • August 11 2011 06:21AM

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Jay, Amazing what people will leave halfway done!  We plan to get our siding redone someday, this will be one of the things we'll have to watch out for when they're doing it.

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

Jay - it's totally incredible what some people think will not show up on a home inspection; they just assume "their repairs" will pass the test.

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay: Once our office had snakes in the commercial box out front!  After a couple of hours, the local utility, Animal Control, and the building owner theorized that perhaps the snakes went into the basement of our 250 year old building! Yikes.

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

The siding guys did them no favors Bliz!  None at all.

Carol - it is obvious the sellers never saw this one.  Or did and let it go.  This is the same house as the 7 ways to kill the dryer!

Anne - if they are in one place they are likely in the other.  But only to look for food.  If they find no food they don't hang around.

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

Wonders never cease to amaze.  Makes you wonder who is doing this sort of work, esp since they are supposed to be licensed.

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

Buyers should get experienced home inspectors when buying a home. After reading the above coments I am going to be scared going into basements of old houses.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 9 years ago

They were going to get to it after lunch, Debbie, but were distracted.

Gita - you worried about the snakes?  They rarely, if ever, enter houses here.  Crawl spaces yes!

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

Good morning, Jay....what are people thinking when they do these stupid things....the electrician must have been on crack....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 9 years ago

Contractors Kristin Hamilton CA real estate Yes after watching "Holmes" on TV, I see that a few contractors do sloppy work. You would think they would be afraid of lawsuits. I wonder where they got their license; in a box of Cracker Jacks. I think probably 90 % do great work but a few try to slip by. Very sad indeed.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 9 years ago

I think it was the siding guys Barbara. 

It is sad Kristin.  And this was not the only siding problem!

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

Good morning,  Jay. What's wrong with gaposis? We have gaps in our memory, so what's the big deal with a little gap behind the meter box? Jay, lighten up dude!!! You're giving home inspectors a bad rap...

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

I found something similar on a condo unit not long ago. It was a gang box with 6 meters. The wood behind the box was very decayed. Looked like the box had been loose a looooooong time.

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

I should Michael.  I detest rap.

Jim - I remember that post.  This is newer siding, about 2 years old, and it looks to me like the siding guys pried the box off and never called to have it reinstalled!

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

Ouch, what a nightmare, good thing they had you to inspect Jay. Is that vinyl siding or the cement board siding (such as HardiePlank)? 

 

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

There is know substitute for a thorough inspection by someone who know what they are doing.  Jay, I know your clients must feel so comforted knowing how good a job you do for them.

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

Gaps always leave me gapping. That deficiency is so obvious, why hasn't it been fixed?

The siding guy didn't know how to handle it and just ducked it, hid it and ducked out!

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

Hi Jay

Excellent infoamtion as usual, and we again will share it with our readers, you keep u all honest and on the look out for all trouble in real estate.....

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 9 years ago

Looks like the siding people didn't even try to fully cover the area behind the electical box while they had it away from the building.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 9 years ago

Jay, it sounds like this home was an inspectors dream nightmare.

Unfortunately for the homeowner we are the only ones amused.

But there is also the educational factor

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356 (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago

It's Hardie Plank, David.  Which is good stuff when installed right!

Chris - we need to innovate and do them by satellite.  That way I can sit home and push buttons.

Robert - he was coming back after lunch, but got distracted I think.

P&L - thank you!  Any time we learn it is good information!

 

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

Steven - they didn't bother!  Maybe they couldn't reach it...

Don - this is the house with the seven ways to kill the dryer!  It vented just to the left of the picture!  Yes, way too close to the AC compressor.

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

So, Jay.  If I were the buyer's agent, that buyer would be getting a kitten for a housewarming present to handle the mice.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Always thinking Pat!  There were a lot of droppings too!

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

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