I frequently run into tight crawl spaces. It is unusual for the opening to be smaller than the spaces inside. I had one the other day that had a huge opening but none of the 1000 sq ft had more than 12″ of clearance—-and some areas were less than that.
When my buyer called to book this inspection we discussed that the craw space was going to be difficult to get into. I recommended that necessary permissions be gotten to do whatever it took to get into the space. This is what the access opening looked like before the boards were removed.
While I like to think of myself as “Gumby,” there was no way I was going to deform myself enough to get through this opening. So, while the agent and buyer removed some of the deck boards, I concerned myself with other parts of the inspection. I anticipated the worst, given that this opening had been just like you see it—-open—-for a long time. I knew that although I couldn’t fit through this opening, there was any number of other critters that could. This post is not about the condition of the crawl space, but about the fun process of getting into it.
Here are a series of photos taken (by the agent with my camera) of me getting into the crawl space. The time between the first and last picture—–12 seconds! (I know—-I couldn’t believe it myself)
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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