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You Did A Poor Repair - Why Sell The Consequences To Someone Else?

Sometimes I want to leave a note for sellers that says, "You did a poor repair - why sell the consequences to someone else?"

Homeowners, or friends of homeowners, or the hiring of less-than-talented people, often leaves unprofessional repairs in a house that the homeowner wants to sell to people later.

These homeowners don't necessarily want to shaft the next owner, it's just that they know basically what needs to be done and go about trying to make it happen. 

Even if they do it themselves.  This can lead to continued problems if what is done is not done well.

Outside the house I suspected that what I saw was going to be a problem when I got indoors.

The flashing on the chimney had some sort of problem near the roof.  And apparently something happened to the gutter.  Someone nailed the flashing back.

Leaking onto the siding below the gutter is evident.

Looking under the chimney I saw a substantial amount of damp, damaged and rotting wood.

By simply nailing it back onto the chimney frame the flashing looks to be diverting water the wrong way and has left open gaps water will find.

Is it getting inside the house?

Well, yes!

I always look for recently-painted stains.

In this case the stains were not only painted, but primed first.

But, what most homeowners don't know (or a lot of "professional" painters out there) that the sealer/primer/stain blockers need a coating of flat paint on top before the final coat of paint for the area.

If that additional coat of flat paint is not applied the primer will bleed through as a shiny spot.  At the proper angle my flashlight beam will reveal it.

This is no secret.  Professionals understand this.

Another trick I employ with primers is to tint them 1/2 of the color I will apply on top.  If you are painting with a basic "ceiling white," merely tint the quart of primer 1/2 the formula that achieves the ceiling white color.  This technique helps make the primer not as brilliant white as it is in the can and it will have less tendency to bleed through the paint.

BUT THERE IS NO POINT IN PRIMING AND PAINTING UNTIL THE LEAK IS CONTROLLED!

In this case the not-so-well-done flashing is going to be sold to someone else.  Without a home inspection, or a knowledgeable inspector, this problem will continue to worsen.  And people have bought a problem in waiting!

My recommendation:  don't buy a problem in waiting!  Hire a knowledgeable home inspector!  Fresh paint may be just that, but sometimes it is fresh for a reason other than wanting to sell a house.  Sometimes the paint is fresh to hide a problem that has been festering for a while.  And if the problem causing the need for fresh paint is not solved that festering will return.

 

 

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 21 commentsJay Markanich • June 09 2014 04:01AM

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Yes, this is the problem when trying to repair things related to water.  You have to fix the source of the issue.  Otherwise, it will recur. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Jay.... and if that home inspector does a half assed job, the problem gets worse and more damage results....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 4 years ago

And then it gets onto the flooring Debbie!

Barbara - most home inspectors are good at linking one problem to another.  Some things lead to other things.  It did here!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

So true, fix the problem first, THEN paint.  Getting a skilled home inspector is a must before buying a home.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 4 years ago

Both statements are true Kat!

But to hide stains is never good if the problem isn't solved.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Things only a professional would know how to fix properly. Some things are best left to them to deal with. 

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 4 years ago

Suzanne - and there's the rub!  You have to find the professional!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Water, water.  Essential to the life of almost everything, except structures.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Inside or outside, not good for houses Lenn!   I kind of like it though.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, thanks for the great tips on painting. Homeowners may have the roof professionally repaired correcting the problem--but do the painting themselves. 

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 4 years ago

I use that flashlight trick every day Tom.  It really shows where repairs were made.  Then the buyers can ask as to the history and see what happened.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay- it's nice to think or have your repairs done by the seller so that buyers will move into a "fixed and repaired" home if only we could depend upon the quality of those repairs.   Buyers need to have a good inspector and also get receipts and other documentation of repairs/updates/improvements  that have been made. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Kathy - I have a line in my computer report about previous repairs and that I do not know if they were done professionally.  When the homeowner does things, there are no receipts.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Fresh paint always looks suspicious to me Jay. I point it out to buyers and make a note to ask the home inspector later.. in most cases he uncovers a hidden flaw! I will never understand why some people opt to cover up instead of repair.

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 4 years ago

Unless the house is empty and the people had the whole thing painted at once I am too, Andrea.  The cover up is sometimes there, but this guy did the repair!  He nailed the flashing back!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

I know there are going to be issues with my homes once someone buys it.  I await the inspection just to be sure

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 4 years ago

This is the kind of thing that shows up in the inspection James!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

 Good evening Jay. I have seen a lot lipstick on pigs here lately. With this hot real estate market, folks feel that they can shovel crap down anybody's throat.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

And there are those who will buy it Michael!  Hopefully they get inspections first...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, Just another cover up ;) Looks like Might Mo did his job also!!!

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Hard to dispute thermal images Don.  It's good to be able to see how one problem contributes itself to so many other things.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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