When to keep your mouth shut and when to speak up. Wrong is wrong.

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When to keep your mouth shut and when to speak up. Wrong is wrong.

I have been known to speak my mind. But when it comes to the safety of a family I need to voice my opinion even when the opinion was not solicited.

Case in point.

I did a home inspection on a home last summer. The home sold but had a few issues that needed to be addressed for the buyer.

One of the issues the home had was the Chimney not having a chimney cap on it. This was letting the rain, leaves and birds into the chimney area.

In the reoport I had this as an issue.

I recommended the buyer have a "Chimney cap" installed for the safety of the fire place and the chimney stack.

I was at a home inspection Yesterday right next door to the home that was inspected this past summer.

I remembered the home and most of the issues in the report.

When I was on the roof of the home I was inspecting I saw the so called "Uncle Bob repair".

Take a look at this picture and tell me what the issue really is now that a "Cap has been installed".

New "Chimney cap".

All I could think of was Really!

Do you think I should call the buyer and tell them of the issues I had seen?

This is why you always get a "Trust but verify inspection" for the repairs done to homes when you buy a home.

 This situation could turn out to be a deadly combination for the new owners.

This is why you always get a "Home Inspection" And a "Trust but Verify Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great Holiday Season every one.

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Clint  McKie

Owner of Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad, New Mexico. Eddy County's only certified home inspection service WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Serving all of South East New Mexico. We inspect the homes entire structure from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between. Most reports within 4-24 hours from time of inspection completion. We issue a PDF report with pictures Starting at $250.00 for each home inspection. Why settle for less when you can have the best?

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Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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Clint: A call to them would be a good idea...then they can decide if they want to address it.

Dec 21, 2013 08:11 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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So - did you call them?

Dec 21, 2013 08:19 AM #10
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Looks like a Uncle Bob repair alright.  Looks like he has not given up on the business yet.  I'm sure there will be more surprises to come

Dec 21, 2013 06:55 PM #11
Rainer
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Clint.  I hope they have carbon monoxide detectors.

Dec 21, 2013 07:26 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Kristen.

Not that common for me to see a roof can vent on a chimney.

Not a good situation.

Have a very Merry Christmas in Keller Texas.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:35 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Charles,

There is no screen in this vent. This vent has a grill in the body. Unless the cut out the grill which I doubt it will not vent smoke worth a darn.

Have a very Merry Christmas in Seattle Washington.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:38 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Debbie,

A trust but verify inspection is so important. Many sellers want to cut corners when repairing issues found in the home inspection. Get the repairs inspected so everyone is safe.

Enjoy a Merry Christmas in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:41 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Adrian,

Shoddy work happens all the time. Too bad there is no or very few follow up inspections for the buyers.

Have a good Christmas Holiday Season in Seattle my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:42 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Tony and Darcy.

Qualified contractors are out there. But ones who do it the right way every time are far and few between.

Have a great Christmas with family and friends.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:45 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Dorie,

Even a rookie contractor would have known this was wrong. Uncle Bob on the spot.

Have a very Merry Christmas in Canyon Creek Texas.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:47 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Donald,

Yes they serve a lot of different things. Chimney caps just not one of them.

Have a very nice Christmas in the Great Northwest my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:48 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Rob,

How many homes have you or the buyer ever sent in an inspector to look at the repairs before closing on a home? I would venture to guess not too many.

Have a fine Christmas with Aimee and friends in Bristol my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:50 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

I did. They said a friend of the family that works in construction did the vent. "He said he got the cap done".

How wrong could he be?

Have a very Merry Christmas in Warner Robins Georgia.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:53 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Marte,

Yes I did, they are going to have the proper vent cap installed.

Enjoy the Holidays in the Warmer South. Merry Chjristmas.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:54 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

I don't think Uncle Bob will be retired any time soon. This is what makes my job so interesting.

 

Have a very Merry Christmas in Rogers Arkansas my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:56 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

Another issue on the list of issues in the report. None when I inspected the home.

Have a Great Christmas with friends and family in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 21, 2013 07:58 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Freaking amazing!  It does not look like that fireplace has been used much, fortunately, but if it is!  Wow!

Dec 21, 2013 09:18 PM #25
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john cornul, master seller
We assume this was a complete failure of everything, but maybe the buyers were comfortable with this bubba job? ? If not, it really goes to show the careless nature of people. The sellers sure pulled a "fast one" and no one else involved with their buying process had sense to notice that nonsense. Sorry, but you certainly don't need a professional contractor to tighten a few hex head bolts o to fasten the cap to a chimney flue, but apparently the correct cap cost too much.
Jan 02, 2014 02:31 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

They planned on using the fireplace till I called her about the issue.

Have a nice day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 02, 2014 11:28 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi John,

This work was done after the home inspection took place and after the sale of the home to the buyer. I think but the buyer didn't say but I think the Uncle Bob was called in and failed with the repair big time.

Have a great day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 02, 2014 11:30 PM #28
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