This is a seller who is asking that a buyer pay no attention to the termites under the mattress.
I am surprised sometimes at the lengths people will go to hide problems with their house. Some people are VERY good at it. Others are not.
Outdoors I could see a potential problem inside.
The wood siding on this older house had been buried behind a sidewalk poured many years ago across the front of the house.
Not only was the wood getting soft, but burying the siding like this invites termites to enter the house from underneath. It's an invitation really.
Termites do very well what they are created to do.
And they do it better when conditions are present that encourage them to particular locations. We noted it for later.
And on a home inspection later always comes.
On the indoor wall, just inside the photo above, a mattress had been placed blocking a view of the suspect wall.
House hunters, or buyers, might see this and think it's propped up there like that when not being used for TV viewing and think nothing of it.
A home inspector sees this and the antenna go up pretty high.
Sliding the mattress out of the way the hardwood flooring all along the wall was experiencing termite activity.
And looking closely it is obvious that this was known and the old flooring had been "repaired" before!
Interestingly, the floor boards were also very soft when weight was put on them so the support underneath would probably have similar infestation.
My recommendation: sometimes creative placement of furniture, moving boxes, dog cages and the like can be attempts to hide known problems. Can the home inspector be fooled by such creativity? Yes. Can the home inspector always move the obstruction out of the way to look? No. But at final walk through the area can be seen and if the home inspector puts something on the report that suggests further investigation later, a problem like this can blow up a closing. Personally I find the creative placement of obstructions to be a shameful practice. It helps nobody.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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