Garage and built in apartment. Home Inspection in Artesia N.M.

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Garage and built in apartment. Home Inspection in Artesia N.M.

I was performing a home inspection for a buyer in Artesia, New Mexico.

I had just finished with the home when I asked about the garage. Since I saw a structure on the rear of the property I asked if that was the garage. The Agent told me it was with a shy grin. Hmmm....I thought as she told me it was the garage and a built in apartment.

"And you need the apartment inspected as well". "Yes we would like you to inspect this as you would any home".

After just finishing up a 3,300 SQFT home. I was worn out mentally. I was ready to call it a day. But one building remained.

I get the camera going, citing several issues that were obvious to me but not the agent or the buyers.

The previous owner had added this apartment to the existing garage. Now there are issues that will take more than a couple of dollars to remedy.

The garage was unfinished. No fire wall separation from the living unit and the garage. The wall that did have any sheet rock had only 1/2" sheet rock that is too thin to be considered a fire wall.

Plywwod on garage wall.Nothing on ceiling.

There is plywood on the left and front walls. 1/2 inch sheet rock on the right wall. This garage is totally open and cannot be this way for the living quarters that are attached the the garage.

The door you see to the right by the water heater. That goes into the kitchen for the apartment. And it is a wood hollow core door.

More on this inspection in the coming days.

Always get a "Full Home Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day 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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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Donald,

Yes they do. I suggested they eliminate the door directly into the kitchen and make a exterior exit from the garage. The buyer liked that Idea. No need to enter the apartment if just going to the garage.

Have a good day in the Great Northwest.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:21 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 Joan,

This just might be a cash deal by the way they were talking.

Have a nice day in the Denver areas.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:23 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 Than,

Not really. I had to revamp my report and add all the apartment issues and sections to the garage section. Not fun at all.

Have a good day in Oklahoma today.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:25 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

Hi Adrian,

The pictures just show the start with the garage only. Although the apartment has a few issues. The garage is the main concern nowfor me when I inspected this home.

Have a nice day in Seattle my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:27 PM #22
Rainer
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Oh boy Clint.  No permits taken out for that apartment.

Mar 13, 2014 08:29 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 Bob,

Never know what I might have to post and vent about. There are a lot of things owners can do right. But this was not one of them. Thanks for Featuring my post in Customer Service.

Have a great day in Las Vegas.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:30 PM #24
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,

It will take a contractor that knows the codes for sure. And possible a permit.

Did I say Permit?

Have a nice day in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:32 PM #25
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,

Boy are you right with that comment. More violations than a 90 year old pole dancer.

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:36 PM #26
Rainmaker
694,247
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Michael,

Wore me out too. There were issues galore and the buyer still loved the place. I think it is a done deal. despite the report.

Have a good day in Brentwood.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:38 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 Debbie,

The buyer really likes the added in law space. Lots of room and away from the main home.

Have a nice day in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:42 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, if you are going with the metaphor image, you have to come up with something just as pathetic!  And you did!

Mar 13, 2014 08:44 PM #29
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,

These big homes wear me out faster than the smaller ones. And yes I have seen a lot of Uncle Bob work. Will be posting about some today.

Have a nice day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint cKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:44 PM #30
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,

Home built in 1976-77 I bet no permits could be found on the home being this old.

I would bet there would need to be a new one though for the remodel of the garage to get it to code.

Have a nice day in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:48 PM #31
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,

I thought you would get a kick out of the comment. It was rough. So many things wrong. Just like in my comment. LMAO.

Have a very good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 08:51 PM #32
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 ...more great info ...they should have called you before the renovations!

Have a great day in Carlsbad!

Mar 13, 2014 11:13 PM #33
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,

That is the issue. They have a lot to do for the so called renovations. here is so much wrong here.

Have a good day in Bristol.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 13, 2014 11:39 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I always learn something from your posts. Have a good weekend.

Mar 14, 2014 09:03 PM #35
Rainer
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

I like the 'pull string' lighting control'. It's so 'old school', I'd be looking around to see if there was an 'outhouse' (toilet).

Mar 14, 2014 10:24 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Gita,

I am glad you do. There is a ton to learn here.

Have a good weekend in Pa.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 15, 2014 06:53 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Robert,

I still see these all the time. It's the walls and ceiling of the garage that is the biggest issues.

Have a nice day in Montreal.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 15, 2014 06:57 AM #38
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