Home inspectors often have to crawl over, under and inside things in the process of inspecting a home. It is not a job for the claustrophobic, or those that do not possess an irrational sense of adventure, or unrealistic curiosity.
Of course every inspector will have their own line-in-the-sand as to what they will do and won’t do, but generally speaking, as a group, home inspectors tend to do what no one else in their right mind would do.
On a recent inspection, while traversing the attic I had to crawl through an unusual tunnel between two chimneys that had been corbelled together so that they could both pass through the roof at just one location.
I guess finding this in the attic I should have been prepared for what it would take to get from one side of the crawl space to the other. I wish I could have filmed myself crawling under this duct.
Laying on one’s back, it was possible to slither under the duct–but it was a little disconcerting having no way to really know what was on the other side until I got there.
Of course it was well worth the trip, as there was extensive water damage in the crawl space on the other side.
It is my business model to do what it takes to provide the best information I can–sometimes it just is not possible and I have to recommend that proper access be made and that I be called back for further evaluation. I don’t like it when I am forced to become one of the things that keep the process from moving along.
Plus, the more difficult the access, the more likely nobody else has been willing to go in there either, and the more likely there will be things that need to be discovered.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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