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"The Inspector Needs To Prove That Animals Are Getting In..."

"The inspector needs to prove that animals are getting in..." said the seller to my client's agent. 

Well, no, the inspector doesn't.

The selling agent had called me to say the seller does not believe there was anywhere on the house that animals could have gotten indoors.  He asked me if there was a photo of such a place?

In addition: 

>  There was damage to personal belongings stored all over the attic space.

>  The insulation was disrupted, and converted into a regular condo.

>  The vine you see there is the top of a huge poison ivy growth which has extended all the way into the attic space.  The fence and rear corner of the house was leafy and green!  It had been growing so high and large that it actually pushed the wood work open on the rear of the house.

The hole behind the gutter was probably created by squirrels.

Is it large enough for animals to get in?  Sure!  Squirrels, birds, bats - animalia!

That little clump of stuff you see under the hole is a piece of insulation jammed tightly in there.  It is an apparent safety feature.  I guess the squirrels living there didn't want the kids to fall out of the hole.

My recommendation:  home inspectors observe and report.  They don't PROVE anything is happening or not happening because of what is observed.  In this case the report stated there was a hole in the rear roof and evidence inside of vegetation and animal infestation inside.  The animals had left for the day - shopping, to school, visiting friends, or whatever.  That plants and animals are present was obvious.  That there is a hole was obvious.  That there is damage was obvious.  The need for cleaning up this mess IS obvious. 

 

 

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 13 commentsJay Markanich • June 10 2016 03:17AM

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Very obvious! 

Posted by Mark Robinson, Honesty, Integrity, Service (Geneva Financial, LLC) over 4 years ago

I'm sorry, Mark, but you will have to prove that statement.

Says he, with a wink.

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

Crazy.  Yes, it's obvious and needs to get fixed.  Easy for water intrusion, too.

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

Oh, this is more common than many realize - thanks for sharing Jay Markanich yet another "gotcha"!

Posted by Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582 (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Yes obvious. I would not be happy about the poison ivy on the house. I HATE that stuff (and am very allergic).

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

You mean the owner did not send invitations for the rental property; he must hate homesteader'''''''s!

Make yourself an astonishiing day.

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

Good morning Jay. Another seller in denial. Why not, he is moving on! Maybe for a good reason! Enjoy your day!

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

Good morning Jay. This is a classic for sure. I think that the picture speaks for itself.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Hole... what hole.... there's no hole anywhere on MY house, no sir!

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

Debbie - I could have crawled in through that hole!

It is common Jennifer.  Once I saw a large hole a the top of a gable roof on front.  Inside, just underneath, was a round bird nest so large I could have slept in it on a sleep over.

Kat - the poison ivy was a very big plant and a VERY big problem!  It is a vine and super clingy.  It's roots on trees (and houses) are the ones that look really hairy.  The roots don't let go!

Raymond - maybe during the rush the squirrels called themselves Sooners?

 

 

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

The seller had not seen my photo yet Wayne.  Hard to deny that hole!  Wow!

I think the word for this is "extended family," Sheila.

Fred - it's right there, behind the curtain, loud voice, and curling smoke.

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

We had an inspector once who took a picture of a squireel waving at him in the attic...cute but the buyers didn't think so !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

Once four people saw me take a photo of termites on my thumb, and the sellers said it was taken at a different house, S&D.  Termites simply could not be in their house.

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

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