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Under The Front Door Vestibule

Whenever I pull up to a house and see an inviting vestibule (where the front door protrudes with a welcoming enclosed entrance) I can hardly wait to have a look under the front door vestibule.

Sing with me now!

(Under the vestibule) out of the suuuunnnn!
(Under the vestibule) we'll be havin' some fuuuunnnn!
(Under the vestibule) people walkin' aboooovvvve!
(Under the vestibule) the termites will be makin' loooovvvve!

Under the vestibule ... vestibule!

Now, the termite guys tell me that 90% of the time when termites are found in a house, it is under the front door.

Why?

Because the front door is usually preceded by a concrete something - porch, stoop, slab - which provides a protected, dark, wet space for termites to find affordable housing.

And if water feeds the area or gets in, well, that is an engraved invitation.

A termite colony can contain lots of termites!  Billions!

They are incessant, work 24/7/365 and love their work.

You should understand, I could see an 80 pound termite the "other side" would simply say, "Well, he's only a home inspector.  You should wait for a termite professional to look at the space."

So, if I see evidence of termites, or damage, or conducive conditions, I just report it with a photo and go from there.

THIS SPACE IS A CONDUCIVE CONDITION!

So, outside we simply look around for why water can be getting in.  In this case, poor gutter discharge.

How common is that!

My recommendation:  yes, he might just  be "only a home inspector," but be sure to hire one to have a look around.  Home inspectors LOVE to go under the vestibule (if they can see it) and might even sing the song when they do!  You sang the song when you read those lyrics above, didn't you?  If they can't see under the vestibule they will point out any conditions conducive to termite activity!

 

 

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 17 commentsJay Markanich • October 03 2014 03:56AM

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Good morning Jay,

A second set of eyes by a professional inspector like yourself is a necessity.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 6 years ago

This was very visible to all Raymond, but sellers seldom go around and look at their own houses, except for the obvious.  And they might have seen this and thought it normal!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

One great thing about the great midwest...tooooo cold for termites !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 6 years ago

Jay Markanich another great "find" for a potential homeowner....buyers must greatly appreciated you...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) almost 6 years ago

Jay, you can add "The singing inspector" to your resume! Hiring a qualified home inspector who will get into those hard to reach or see spaces is essential to getting the whole picture. Nice job! Termites love our climate.

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) almost 6 years ago

And you are in luck S&D!  You live near there, right?      ; >)

Barbara - that is the idea on home inspections!  Key word:  find.

Tom - you don't want to hear me sing!  I would not fit in as the fifth Drifter.  You are termite central there!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

I often wonder what a home buyer would see if they were under a home Jay. You have a unique way of bringing the problems that homes have to those who may not understand. The value of a home inspector like yourself is great.

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) almost 6 years ago

This is visible in the basement Tom.  You have to go to the end of the storage room to see it.  When I am in a basement the first place I like to look is under the front door.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Jay, "affordable housing for termites" is a new and scary term! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 6 years ago

I thought I'd have some fun with it Wayne.

Those are the kinds of phrases I use on home inspections, and they keep people on their toes.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Since a WDI inspection is part of most of my inspections, the termite guy or exterminator is there to make the call. Great system and fairly common here. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Mine too in a round about way Jim.  But I have no juice here.  MANY times I have found termite evidence and activity AFTER the termite inspection claimed the house clean.  Then my clients get their own guy, who sees what I pointed out, and they have dueling banjos.  That has to be fun to watch!

Once I took a photo of a termite on my thumb and the termite company, that was there the day before and had had the house under contract for years, said I was wrong.  There were no termites!  So my clients got their own guy and gee, there really were!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

And did you sing the song?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Not good not good at all.  Had my inspection Thursday and it turned out better than I had expected.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 6 years ago

Did you sing the song when you got under the front door James?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Jay, Another IV  (inviting vestibule) for you to get all juiced up on ;)

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Bummer it wasn't bigger Don, or I could have laid down and had my union-mandated nappie.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

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