This is why home inspectors are not "required" to remove electric panel box covers.
Because sometimes we can't! It's nice when we can. There is usually a lot to see!
Can you see the electric panel box?
The yellow arrow is pointing toward it.
About fifteen feet of stuff had to be removed to get to it.
Some of the "stuff" was in boxes with china and delicate belongings.
Every now and then this home inspector will move things in order to see something.
But in this case there was too much to move, and we were afraid of breaking something.
The house was being sold by two older women who had been in the house since it was built in the 70s.
They had accumulated a few things along the way!
In this case it just wasn't possible to get into the panel box. And the report so indicated.
It wasn't possible to see into the master closet either, much less get to it. I'm not sure there were doors there!
And two bedrooms were so full they could not be investigated. At one I had a hard time even opening the door all the way, having to take a photograph by reaching the camera inside.
We could not find the water main at all.
In this style house it would have been in the furnace room or under the entry stairs. The closet leading to that area under the stairs is on the right.
That's correct - we never found the water main. The report simply indicated that it was not found. And the seller had no idea where it was.
My recommendation: listing agents are supposed to know that houses have to be made ready for a home inspection. Perhaps, sometimes, that is easier said than done. It was certainly the case in this house. Even though the house was a filthy mess this home inspector still politely removed his shoes and left them at the front door, performing the inspection in his socks. The seller noticed that and actually thanked him! A Scout is courteous.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560