What You See Outside Often Translates Inside


Jay does a fantastic job of describing the many situations he recognizes during a home inspection.  We learn so much from our home inpectors on ActiveRain and I love to reblog the posts, especially Jay’s.

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

When walking around the outside of a house, very often I will see something that looks like it will demand attention inside.  The clues are there, sometimes more subtle than others, but what you see outside often translates inside.

Can you see the problem here?  This is a six year old house. 

The homeowner recently attached that downspout extender there.

Difficult to see from this angle is the slope of the ground.

Water from that downspout used to flow directly to the window well at the wall.

Even with the extender in place it still goes there.

Proper grading is essential to the well being of a house.

You can extend downspout water away from the house all you want, but if you do nothing about the grading it will come back!  Water ALWAYS flows where it is told to flow!

And houses don’t make very effective boats!

 That erosion hole is about 1′ wide and I could see down about 2′.  Where do you think that water pressure is sending the water?

Right to the basement!

Now, imagine what would be going on if that basement was finished!?

It’s good to find that out now, during a home inspection!

At this point it is a little thing.  It’s easy to fix at this point, and it is exceptionally important to do so!

Not hard to see, but important to point out!  The client looked right at it and had no idea that it could be a problem. 

Well, it is!

My recommendation:  if you see something going on outside that may be a problem inside, make a note.  You might just find out how prescient you can be too!





Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia


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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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