Last night on DYI, Mike Holmes was helping some ladies find a new home. These ladies are quite special as they provide a home for young girls that need love and a stable home life. Last night, Mike and the ladies looked at several homes that needed new roofs. The homes had some visible repairs to the actual roof and water stains on the ceiling due to leaks. Your home inspection should always inspect the roof, ceilings, and attic space to look for potential concerns.
WC Home Inspection LLC is proud to announce we are now an affiliate member of Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors. Being a member will allow us to better service our clients.
In particular, we now have Supra key access for Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina.
Last night on DIY's "Holmes Buy It Right", Mike was looking at some notched joists. We will not bore you with the details of allowable notching but this picture shows a clear case of excessive notching. This amount of excessive notching could lead to significant structural issues. Just another example of the importance of having an inspection by a qualified home inspector before making a purchase decision.
The quick answer is replace the damaged wood but that is not enough. I recommend installing a product such as Blueskin over the new wood. Blueskin is a plastic film material that sticks to the wood and water can not penetrate.
Also, if possible a storm door or overhang/porch will provide additional protection for the exterior door. But many times these options are not practical.
As you can see this vent needs some TLC. Besides the TLC, the vent is closed which can lead to problems such as excessive moisture in the crawlspace. We recommend keeping vents open except during extended periods of temperatures below freezing. When the temperature dips many homeowners close all their vents until spring. If you feel you must close vents in the winter only close a few. Keep a vent open on each side of the crawlspace as a bare minimum. Also, during extreme cold weather keep a light bulb lite in the crawlspace to generate some heat to prevent frozen pipes.
If you live in a state that does not have a licensing program for inspectors, we recommend using care when selecting a home inspector. Many of these individuals are not qualified to be doing home inspections. Ohio and New Jersey are examples of states that do not require a license. If you live in central Ohio and need help, we might be able to help so give us a call. If you live in a state without a licensing program and need help, please give us a call.
I am a full-time home inspector servicing all of South Carolina.