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From A Distance It Looked Like A Nice Shed

From a distance it looked like a nice shed.

New siding, new windows and doors.

And fresh paint.

What's not to like?

But before going in I had a look around the exterior.

Looking at the support beside the door with the platform I sure didn't like what I saw!

Unstable, erratic, including materials that are not pressure treated and would not last.

Unfortunately all five supports along the rear wall looked like this one!

Same unstable structure, same improper materials.

Crawling underneath I could see similar construction.

The shed is dangerously supported.  They were looking to level it, without thought for anything else apparently.  I would not go inside!  And I did not want my clients to go inside either.

Who knows how long the shed has been this way, but we don't need a problem during a home inspection, for sure!

My recommendation:  home inspector and client safety is an important thing during a home inspection.  Perhaps the number one thing.  If we all went inside, could this shed topple over with enough weight in some places inside?  I don't know.  But for sure we will not take that risk.  We played it safe.

 

 

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 36 commentsJay Markanich • July 12 2014 03:31AM

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Jay: That looks like an accident waiting to happen. Smart of you and your clients to stay out of that shed!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 4 years ago

I was very glad they didn't go in Anita!

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

You crawled UNDER IT?????

Considering what is visible from the outside, nothing would get me under such a structure. 

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

Just under the edge Lenn, to take-o a photo.  That's perfect Spanish.  I needed the right angle to demonstrate the lean to structural support!

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

I'm of the opinion that all men should consult their wives or mothers for permission to crawl under such a structure.  Men have a poor sense of risk and court danger as a way of life.

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

I know you have been in some places I wouldn't go in so for you to say it was unsafe it must have been bad. 

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

Great post! Thanks for the images as well 

Posted by Alexa Sanchez, Realtor Extraordinaire about 4 years ago

I don't know that I could do what you do Jay.  That's some scary stuff!  I'm glad you didn't go all the way under.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 4 years ago

Thanks Mom, but I was safe.  And my wife would say, "Have a nice time under there!"

James - no point in taking an unnecessary risk!

Any time Alexa.  Stop by again!

A&J - no way Hose A, or Hose B.  "A man's gotta know his limitations."

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

Wow, that tis' bad.  If nothing else, it makes a nice little space underneath for critters, they won't mind that shoddy work :)

Posted by Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC) about 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I have one going up in the cul-de-sac behind me and hope it is better than this one!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

I like this format of yours that presents situations allowing us to walk thru with you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 4 years ago

I always that that a crawl space was a plus, until now. For sure I would not be happy buying this.

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) about 4 years ago

Oh my, what were the owners thinking ?   Those images are scary!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) about 4 years ago

Whew, that did look scary. I don't think those owners realize how expensive it is to fix that after the fact. Do it right up front and you won't have to spend a fortune afterwards.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 4 years ago

Any recommendations on how to make this really nice looking shed stable? 

Posted by Suzie Townley, Relaxed Professionalism (Diamond Partners, Inc) about 4 years ago

It does look dangerous, aren't they going to have fun trying to re do the foundation and building? Or did the clients walk away altogether? I think I would wonder how all home maintenance was done...

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Jay - I love the rotted pieces of siding on the top of some of those stacked blocks, no use using good wood to hold things up. It does look good for a distance though!  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 4 years ago

Jay, there does not appear to be anything wrong that an actual foundation wouldn't cure

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 4 years ago

Jay- seriously?  What in the heck were they thinking?  Smart not to let them even go in, or you either.  

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

Jay, this was clearly not designed to support any serious cavorting inside!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 4 years ago

It's a bit like a Monet, heh?

 

Love and light,

Laura

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 4 years ago

Sorry but you wouldn't catch me crawling underneath this one. That is pretty scary especially the back side up 4 or 5 blocks.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 4 years ago

I am glad it's only a shed. I think I have seen a house on similar support before and my recommendation to clients was to strike that one off the list.

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Yes, that looks crazy and unsafe.  What happens to the dirt underneath when it rains?

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

You always have good posts and I enjoy reading them.

Posted by Myra Gouger, RRG, ABR, SRES, CPDE, CPRES, Realty ONE, LV. You are my most important client. (Urban Nest Realty) about 4 years ago

Definitely an interesting way to hold up a shed!  It's a shame they did such a good job above grade but not at the bottom!

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) about 4 years ago

There were two large holes underneath Joshua, likely woodchucks.

Not chucking wood.

Is it on a slope Raymond?

Thanks Richie.  'Tis writing, 'tis!  Fortunately I'm not paid by the word, like Dickens.

This is open on three sides Chuck.  Kind of a crawl space, but not enclosed.

Rebecca - I was scared just looking at it!  I'm glad my clients listened to me and did not go in.

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

Mike - who knows how to fix this now.  I think one support at a time.

Suzie - buried posts, exchanging each of these "columns" one at a time I think.  With proper attachment to the shed - much like a deck.

Evelyn - I think it will be loads of fun!  The buyer wants to use it!

It did Tom.  I think that rotting stuff may have been the previous walls!

That, my dear Doctor (Charlie), is the diagnosis nobody could argue with.

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

Kathy - I decided not to do the jumping object lesson.

Pat - the buyer wants to use it for the riding lawn mower and his motorcycle!

You mean from a distance it's great and up close you can see the details, Laura?

You got that right Bill!  I didn't even want to blow on the building...

Ann - any house supported that way would be condemned by the local authorities!

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

You can see the erosion patterns Debbie.  And the two animal holes, a little smaller than a basketball, were facing down!  Smart little critters.

Thank you Myra.  I have a lot of fun doing home inspections.

Marc - the siding and doors were okay.  Interesting the foundation was such a mess.

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

Oh wow! I couldn't image pulling a riding lawn mower into that set up!

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 4 years ago

Looks nice enough from a distance. I would think that would be a deal breaker. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 4 years ago

I couldn't either Than.  But I'm not the buyer.

I don't know if that's enough to turn them away Pamela.  There were other things!

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

Pretty scary Jay. I've seen a handful of sheds and similar structures like this, including a deck off the side of a house on a hillside, and another screened-in porch. Accidents waiting to happen

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) about 4 years ago

And often they do happen Jeff!  It is said that most accidents are planned.  That may just be true.

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

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