I saw it from the street and then the driveway when I pulled in - and thought ... Uh, oh. New roof. New flashing. And sagging.
And the flashing isn't done right, it's really high, it covers the old flashing.
THIS IS A PATCH JOB!
The shingles had been jammed under the siding so hard it was bent. I could see no evidence of step flashing.
I said to my client that I hoped there was no moisture in the wall of the room inside that chimney.
But the sag is pretty pronounced, and measures 2'x5'.
No, I didn't step on it to see how strong it was!
But I did have a little peeky from inside the garage attic space.
And, given that this is a flip job, I saw what I expected!
ANOTHER PATCH JOB!
If we aren't consistent in life, what's the point?
And flippers are usually very consistent creatures.
Under nearly the entirety of the sag we have some oriented strand board simply placed underneath and held in place with sistered 2x4s.
See the stains on the brick? Water had been getting around that original flashing.
This oriented strand board is doing two jobs -
1. It is (hopefully) lending support to what is probably trashed sheathing.
2. It is covering up what is probably badly rotting wood!
So, like my blue jeans growing up, a little patch here, a little patch there, and before long you have something that lasts long enough to get by.
Until you sell the house that is.
And guess what? Inside the house, the living room with the "Gorgeous Fireplace!" had all new drywall around the "Gorgeous Fireplace." And above and beside the "Gorgeous Fireplace" the moisture meter registered everywhere from 20% to 85% moisture!
No stains yet. Fresh paint! That new drywall should get things by long enough to sell the house.
I CAN TELL YOU'RE SEEING THE SAME PATTERN HERE AS I DO!
My recommendation: what you see is what you get! So hire someone to see what you don't when you walk around the beautiful flip job and notice only the lipstick. That someone would be a home inspector! And you will get by, with a little help from your friend.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560