Monday, January 01, 2007

Is it skill or is it luck?

Sometimes when you find certain defects during the course of a home inspection, you don't know whether to attribute it to skill or luck. My guess is it's a combination of the two.

Not too long ago, I inspected a home and happened to notice that the laminated flooring near the front door had become slightly delaminated. Not a big deal, right? However, something made me get down on my hands and knees and take a closer look. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the bottom of the door trim was spongy and wet. And when I opened the adjacent closet door, I smelled a musty odor in the closet. This led me down to the basement and after pulling down the insulation stuffed between the floor joists, I discovered a large, wet area under the door and closet and possibly some mold.

Now I don't know whether this was due to a one-time spill or a leaky door frame (probably the latter) but it definitely got the buyer's attention.