My Home Inspector Blog: Vacant homes hold hidden dangers!

Vacant homes hold hidden dangers!

These days in the California real estate market, I inspect a lot of vacant, bank-owned homes. Many of these homes have latent fire hazards or other safety hazards present, but the ordinary buyer will never see them while quickly walking through the home. Due to the rough shape many of these homes are left in, an inspection on an average-size home (1500-2500 SF) now takes me approx. 30-60 minutes longer to complete than it did during the "normal" market where the seller still lived in the home. So have patience with your Inspector- he/she needs the additional time during a home inspection to make sure you are protected from liabiity. I always chuckle to myself when I'm asked one hour into an inspection, "Almost finished?" Steve Stenros, MCI (Master CREIA Inspector)- First Choice Inspections 888-335-3040. Serving San Diego, Orange, and Riverside counties.

 


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Comment balloon 11 commentsSteve Stenros • March 21 2011 01:41PM

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I never plan to rush an inspector, being thourough is in everyone's best interest. I won't say the timeframe may not stress me out though!!

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) over 7 years ago

You are absolutely right about that.  This is something you should not rush.  Good luck and thanks for the post!  Have a GREAT week!

Posted by Michael Kitsch (Coldwell Banker) over 7 years ago

There are many factors that can affect the length of a home inspection:  The age and size of the home, Is there a crawlspace under the home?, Are there outbuildings to be inspected?, Is the garage detached, Condition of the home, Is there a pool? Is the home ready for inspection? (Are all areas accessible?, Are the electrical panels unlocked, Are the pets secured, Are the utilities turned on, etc.)

Posted by Anonymous over 7 years ago

An easy, inexpensive fix but will save lives.

Posted by Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall (RE/MAX United) over 7 years ago

Just looking at some of your earlier posts, this one provided a great explination of the time involved in an inspection.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 7 years ago

It should make no difference to the future owner how long an inspection takes.  They are paying by the job, not by the hour.  We let the buyer know when the inspection will start, but recommend that they arrive about an hour later for a small home and 1-1/2 hours later for a large or old home. This way, they catch the end of the inspection and the verbal summary.  Of course, they always get a full color written report too.

 

Posted by Daniel H. Fisher, MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC (www.FisherHermanRealty.com (704) 617-3544) about 7 years ago

Gerard: It always takes time for the home to tell its story!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 7 years ago

Thanks for your comment, Cheryl!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 7 years ago

Steve: It's a simple fix, but vitally important!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 7 years ago

Dan: The beat-up, neglected homes always take more time. It takes a while to document all the different issues!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 7 years ago

You're right, Daniel! If I'm the homebuyer, I would want the inspector to take his time and investigate every nook and corner!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 7 years ago

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