Utility room without a view. Keep your pipes protected.

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Utility room without a view. Keep your pipes protected.

At Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico.

We point out any problems that could be an issue for the buyer or seller depending on who we are inspecting for.

On this recent home inspection for a Buyer. I found the utility room for the washer and dryer in the garage.

This is not uncommon in newer homes. But this home was built over sixty years ago. At that time they were not accustomed to having the washer and dryer inside the home, let alone a dedicated area for those appliances.

The issue was to find a place for the washer and dryer.

"Let's put them in the garage".

Only a couple of issues with that way of thinking. The garage had never been completed. Its just a framed strucure wirh a roof and siding. No insulation and no finished ceiling or sidewalls.

Un finshed garage/ utility room.

Talk about getting hot in the summer and really cold in the winter. I am not a fan of corrugated siding. Not even on a roof.

But the garage area is what it is.

Take a look at the dryer and the way it has been connected to the gas supply.

Gas dyer connection.

This dryer gas line is Nine foot long. Laying in front of the water heater where it could be stepped on without any protection. the gas piping should have been re routed behind the water heater with new shut off valves. The existing valves are the old style spring backer valves. Minute leaks were found with the valves.

This water heater was installed in 1998 and is missing the upgrades as dictated in the IRC codes.

 

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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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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Accident waiting to happen, and more ways than one.  Many "accidents" are planned for!

Dec 30, 2013 03:35 AM #7
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,

Yes there is an accident waiting to happen. Here is the shot I e-mailed you about.

Gas line shut off.

The shut off is at the roof line just above the roof.

Have a great day in Bristow,

Best, clint McKie

Dec 30, 2013 07:21 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Like I said, I can't find anything about the shut-off, accept that on the roof like that it might not be considered accessible.

Dec 30, 2013 08:44 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Clint ...Everyone in Carlsbad should call you for inspections!

Have a great night in Carlsbad!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dec 30, 2013 09:33 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Clint, sure looks like the seller may need to do some changes for this buyer, or offer up with concessions!

Dec 30, 2013 11:32 AM #11
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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What's the big deal here Clint.  Are you trying to tell us that a small gas leak and fire does not mix?  Have a great day sir. 

Dec 30, 2013 07:10 PM #12
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Fire and gas.  Nice.  Happy New Year Clint.

Dec 31, 2013 04:02 AM #13
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Debbie,

Tha same here, but it stll happens.

Have a good day and year in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:25 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 Tom.

The gas line would have been easy to take care of. But Uncle Bob looks like he installed it.

Have a really good 2014 in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:27 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 Ginny,

Even with a home inspector the sellers want to argue with the findings. But I stick to the report. Fix the issues or move the appliances.

Have a great 2014 in North Kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:29 PM #16
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Bliz Team,

So true. The end of the road for the washer and the water lines.

Have a really great 2014 in Warren County Ohio.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:31 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 Anita,

I wish this was true with all agents.

Have a nice day and an even better 2014 in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:32 PM #18
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tony and Darcy,

Getting a home inspection is a no brainer. Especially if the home inspector chosen is a really good one.

Have a wonderful day and a better 2014.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:34 PM #19
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

The way the gas lines are is simply put, "Stupid".

Have a great day in Bristow and Best of luck in 2014.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:35 PM #20
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

Thanks for the help. The shut off has to be within 6 foot of any appliance. No matter where installed.

Have a great day in Bristow and thank you again for all the help all year long.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:37 PM #21
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Rob,

Man O man, If that was only true my friend. If it was only true.

Have a great 2014 in Bristol as we move forward.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:38 PM #22
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Joan,

The home has a utility room on the rear of the home that could be used for the water heater and the utility room. DUH.

Have a good day and a great year ahead in Denver.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:40 PM #23
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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 would prefer not to have the two in the same room. Or even the same home.

Have a nice day and a great 2014 ahead in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:42 PM #24
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

Some sellers don't have a clue as to safety in the home.

Enjoy the new year and the rewards in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 31, 2013 09:44 PM #25
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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Happy New Year, Clint, to you and your family. Have a great one.

Dec 31, 2013 11:19 PM #26
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