Structure

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How important is it to have a good home inspector? Do you want someone who will the issues and recommend what you need to do, or do you want someone to just list the issues and overlook their importance. On my inspection yesterday we found these cracks in the wall. this was on an apparent addition to the home. This house was inspected a few weeks ago and there was no mention of these cracks or the possible remedy for them. There has been definite movement to the wall. This is something that needs to be deferred out to a structural engineer. They will need to come out and assess the situation to decide what type of repair is needed. They may be able to pump hydraulic cement under the foundation to stabilize the soil for about $5000.00 or they may decide that the house needs to have helical pins installed, which will cost about $15000.00, or more, depending on how many pins are needed.

When I mentioned these cracks at the end of the inspection to m client, the realtor was there. He immediately started to argue with me that they were only minor settlement cracks. I asked him if he would put that in wiring and he said no. Well, my observations and recommendations will be put in writing.

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Posted by Bill Siegel Florida Home Inspection Team Inc

3 thoughts on “Structure

  1. Tim Hackett

    Good response to realtor and a typical realtor response. Stating the facts is not killing the deal. Anything can be repaired with time and money. The purpose of the inspection is to make the client aware of an issue. If there is a crack there is a reason. Don’t leave cracks out of your reports. Cracks in slabs, tile floors, window sills, stucco, drywall, garage floors. They are part of a total picture of the structure of the home. It is up to the client to determine how significant the issue is to himself.

  2. Anonymous

    Even from miles away I can see fresh masonry inside that crack which gives me a time line that movement has taken place after this white paint job in other words it appears this may be a dynamic situation and not a simple static settlement like the realtor is arguing. If you don’t stick to your guns you could lose your rear end in court over this one

  3. will5443 Post author

    Thanks for the response. I always stick to my guns on every issue. I never get into an arguement on site (well, maybe once or twice), but i usually just nod my head and move on. I tell my client at the end my findings and put them in writing and send out the report when it is finished. The realtor can think whatever he wants. If he really pisses me off I use the mother test on him. I ask him if his mother was buying the house what would he do. And I make sure I ask it in front of everyone present.

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