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It Was A Light And Stormy Door...

Sounds like the line from a kid's book, it was a light and stormy door...

Well, this WAS a light and stormy door!

The first thing I installed on my new house was a storm door.

Our entry way is hardwood floor.

And we wanted the ability to have free-flowing air through our doorway.

But the key word in storm door is -- STORM!

When all glass the storm door protects the doorway against storms.

When we entered this house there was a rug pushed right up against the floor molding at the door.

THERE IS ALMOST ALWAYS A REASON WHEN RUGS ARE PUSHED UP AGAINST SOMETHING.

Both sides of the front door looked like this.

And it's worse than it looks.  Both sides sag dramatically, with little support underneath.

Usually when this is the case it is not possible to see under the doorway to know what is going on!  Then the home inspector is forced to explain all the possible scenarios, none of which sound good!

Fortunately in this house we could see under the front door!

And the home inspector did not have to lay out scenarios!  THE scenario most likely laid itself out!

The hardwood flooring was smooshy above because the subflooring is nearly gone!

And someone even tried to shore things up with blocking under the right side of the door!  And that repair was NOT done recently!

My conversations with the termite guys reveal to me that 90% of the time, when termites enter the house, it is under a doorway.

Why?  Because there is often a concrete structure, protective, dark, and climate controlled.

It becomes a convenient via for termites.

When wet and wood combine termites are invited!

I saw no evidence of termites here, just damage.

BUT ALL THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED 11 YEARS AGO WHEN THE HOUSE WAS BUILT!  HOW?  BY INSTALLING A STORM DOOR!

This is a short sale and the sellers are doing nothing toward repairs.  These buyers are going to get an estimate perhaps, but at least they know what they are in for.  It's visible!

And a storm door is in their future for sure!

My recommendation:  prevention is often the best cure.  Thinking ahead prevents problems down the road.  That is why we undertake home maintenance.  And it is why we install things that prevent future problems -- like storm doors!

 

 

 

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 26 commentsJay Markanich • March 01 2013 03:17AM

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Good morning Jay,

Since it's a short sale the buyers are going in with their eyes wide open after your inspection. Good for them to get an estimate and know what to expect!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 6 years ago

Actually it wasn't as bad as I feared Dorie.  But still, it was not the only thing needing fixing here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good post. Yal that shore up job looks pretty funky. They did us 2x4 nailed together though..lol the ends look like they are rotted too. Good job mr previous homeowner.

Posted by Cliff Keith, Redwood City Real Estate (Today Sotheby's International Realty) over 6 years ago

It was done a while ago Cliff.  Rather than addressing the problem (water entering) they continued to deal with its destruction!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay;  After my morning cup of coffee, I click on your post for some enlightenment.  99% of the time you don't disappoint.  Thanks again for another great home inspection tip.

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 6 years ago

With a bit of a play on words, with the title, Ken!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Morning Jay I see you finally caught up to Uncle Bob.  He told me he was just trying to save the people some money but was concerned you may be the one called when it was time to sell. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 6 years ago

This wasn't because of something done James, but something NOT done. 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay,

It brings to mind a phrase of my Father; "you may pay me a little here and there or a whole lot more later on."

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 6 years ago

That's true Raymond.  In this case a storm door gives more than one benefit!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I love reading the blogs from other inspectors from around the country. You learn about all the other issues that they come up against and things that happen to homes in that region. Yours are always interesting Mr. Jay, I see things on your blogs that I never see down here! Storm doors... geeze.

I thought that story started like: "It was a dark and stormy night", see... even that is different!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

THAT story did start that way Fred!  I was playing with the words.  You don't have storm doors there?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I knew that :-)  

Nope, hardly ever see them here. 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

Odd.  You have a lot of thunderstorms!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Just had the "right" door put into my garage access into the home...steel....What was there was an indoor door...Doors matter Jay...Yes?

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 6 years ago

Jay, a storm door is a must in our area. It also save the front door from getting beat to death and weathered.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 6 years ago

An indoor door is not appropriate at that location Richie.  And here the hinge would be required to have its own spring to automatically close the door.

Mike - that's the idea!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Hello Jay,

Again, lucky home buyers to have you on the job...no one wants "smooshy" flooring!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 6 years ago

That kind of deterioration is why I consider OSB to be an inferior choice product bothe for the subflooring and the engineered trusses. Get'em wet and they'll lose strength relatively fast. T&G lumber or plywood will breakdown too but will survive longer.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

Smooshy or rotting Lisa.  I wouldn't want that anyway.

Robert - they don't use those products anymore around here!  And it's too bad, I agree with you.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Jay, for sharing this story and your photographs.  A storm door is a smart idea for many home owners.

We always recommend a professional home inspection.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

I'm glad you do Roy!  Storm doors should be considered essential.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

It's great when you can be definitive.  I hate to find something that's just not right without knowing why.

Posted by Rafi Footerman, Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More! (Mid Jersey Inspections) over 6 years ago

I agree Rafi.  This one made it easy and instructive for the buyers and a blog post!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I have heard OSB referred by some as mold candy. I think I see why.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 6 years ago

'Tis full of organics Jim, and very amenable to soaking in humidity/moisture.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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