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Good Thing There Was A Light In The Attic To Show The Lack Of Insulation

Good thing there was a light in the attic to show the lack of insulation.

Gee, how else would we have known?

There was no mistaking the fact that there was a light there.

The fixture was excellently installed.  Not!

Okay, the switch didn't work, and the bulb didn't light up, but I'm sure it will one day.

And the fluffy insulation makes this space look snug and warm.

Or snug and cool, depending on your season.

Okay, that may have been a tad sarcastic as you can see there is NO INSULATION THERE!

This brand, new construction couldn't have presented itself better!

Sometimes I really wonder if the "supervisor"  on site every day, performing the "hundreds of inspections" the builder touts (which is why the builder says no private home inspection is needed), is really "supervising"  the job, or instead "supervising"  the lunch buffet at the nearby cheap family-style restaurant.

Really, how do you miss this?

My recommendation:  can you sniff derisively?  If not, look up the word (it means with contempt or ridicule), get in front of a mirror, and practice a good, derisive sniff.  Be sure to break it out when the builder's sales cutie tells you a private home inspection is a waste of money and not needed.  Other non-verbal expressions like a roll of the eyes and a low laugh don't hurt as accompaniment.  That little uninsulated space above was 320 square feet.  I bet the energy savings from having it properly insulated will pay for a home inspection within a year or two.  Thank you very much.  No applause necessary.

 

 

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 15 commentsJay Markanich • November 27 2015 02:40AM

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Good morning Jay. Did you really mean the portion of insulation completed was well done and now when will they do the rest of the job? And, in your popinion the light was well located and would be great when installed? As for supervision, well "no comment"! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

What was done was insufficient Wayne, and the area devoid of insulation is yet to get it!  The light fixture was not installed, as you can see.  And didn't work!

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

Yes, I thought insulation was one of those standard things in homes.

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

Good morning Jay,

But there is saw dust as a foundation!!!!!

Make yourself a great day.

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

It is Debbie, when the supervisor thinks to check on the insulation "professional's" work.

Remember the old song Raymond, "The wise man built his house upon the dust..."  Or something like that.

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

Are you kidding me with this? There's no telling how long that would have remained uninsulated had you not caught it. I just shake my head at new builders sometimes. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

I did a new construction inspection for a couple once and discovered there was no insulation at all! Your assessment of the job superintendant is pretty spot on!

But... if you do a pre-drywall inspection, the builders Supeintendant can be "so nice" In fact, I am convinced that by just telling the builder that you want to have the pre-drywall inspection done will insure your project gets special attention 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

Nicole - it is possible that it might never be insulated!  A homeowner seeing that might assume that is the way it is supposed to be.  After all, the builder did it!  It must be right!  And that light fixture installation is special too.

Fred - around here, when they tell the builder they want to do a pre-drywall the builder does everything he can to confuse or prevent the circumstance!

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

The light fixture made me laugh Jay, not the lack of professionalism.

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) over 4 years ago

Tom - Mr. Rogers would say, Can you spell gorgeous boys and girls?

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

Jay Markanich That is the forever temporary light.

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

Reminds me of the time I went to pick up my car from the body shop after a little old lady ran a red light.  Here are your keys, she's all done.  After I dragged the service manager out to my car and we did a proper evaluation of their work, they had the car for another week fixing everything they didn't do or did wrong.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 4 years ago

Somebody needs to notify the Incandescent Nannies, Don.

I have had the gas tank valve on my car replaced three times (once because of a recall) because it continues to leak Stephen.  Can't they get it right?

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

I saw the light Jay Markanich .   I also saw NO insulation.   Bad for the buyer.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 4 years ago

And bad for the house Deanna, summer and winter!

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

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