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