When on a home inspection the group goes to the upper level, and when looking around notice a serious bulge in the ceiling drywall, well, upstairs ceilings can bulge for a reason, or many, many reasons!
Some things surprise even a seasoned home inspector, to whom, people will say, "Gee, you have probably seen everything!"
I can tell you with a straight face that home inspectors will NEVER see everything! And when we think we have we can be shocked to our cores!
The bulge did not photograph well.
Some things don't.
But it sure did demand some further investigation!
While outside, the thing I noticed initially about this very old farmhouse was that it had a terrific metal roof, with what looked like a new chimney protruding through on one side.
It's interesting to see something like that as the rest of the house was not in such good shape.
It was time to look into the attic.
Of course we were greeted with the interesting array of insulation, typically haphazard, yet wonderfully styled, and not very effective!
But off in the distance, over what was the bulge below, was something I have never seen before in an attic!
A LARGE PILE OF OLD BRICKS!
Remember the new chimney?
This must be what they did with a bunch, if not all, of the original bricks!
Even though it was very tempting to count the number of bricks, I was EXCEPTIONALLY unwilling to go over there to have a look and add my weight to that of the bricks!
This officially became a dangerous home inspection!
Literally, people could have been killed, including me!
THIS WAS A LOT OF BRICKS!
Those "contractors" who left that pile there were very lucky fellows. One side of this pile is over the staircase, so a collapse would have been devastating, if not deadly.
My recommendation: home inspectors will never see everything! And I don't even want to! It is too much fun running into new things every day!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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