“I Don’t Want To Hear From The Home Inspector”


Even new homes need home inspections.  The building commissioner can miss things also.

Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC):

My clients were on vacation when their new construction was ready for a final inspection.  They told me that I was scheduled for anytime I wanted on that day.  So I showed up real early.

The inspection revealed the usual stuff – loose dishwasher leaking onto the kitchen floor, leaky faucet in a bathroom, grounding electrode hanging loose under the electric meter with no sign of a grounding rod beside the house – you know, the usual stuff.  There was more than that!

But this is the view on the end of the front porch.  From this view it doesn’t look like a far drop.

It is.  The drop on the left side is 38″ and the right corner and in front on the end 34″.









This family has small children and elderly parents.  Thinking about someone falling off that porch would be a considerable and continuing stress.  Not to mention the code… but we needn’t go there.  The supervisor told my clients that he didn’t want to hear from the home inspector!  He might condescend to hearing from the buyers, but I am told it takes more than one mention for him to consider anything they say.  Hmmmm…

They have a little boy who will be doing swan dives off that porch!  I know I would have done hand springs off the end.  “Look at what I can do Mom!”  But not everyone can do that and this porch is hazardous.

My recommendation:  The clients thought that drop was a bit far.  It is.  They thought it should have a rail and they are right.  Just because it is a new house and something doesn’t look right, don’t assume that it must be right because there just wouldn’t be any builder oversights!  Well, you know what happens when we assume.

About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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