C4U Inspections was recently called to give a second certified inspection report by clients because they were unsatisfied with their previous inspector’s report on the condition of a home’s outdoor decking.
Poor and dangerous deck flooring repairs (left) – Extremely dangerous
Watermarks meaning leaking roof (centre) – Indicator of problems
Watermarks around electricity outlets (right) – Seriously dangerous
Undetected faults with outdecking can lead to very serious injuries. You only have to look in the news regularly to find horror stories.
Inspector raises issues and unable to explain
Ironically, it was the first inspector who raised some issues to the attention clients about the condition of the outdoor decking, and was unable to answer whether the clients had a problem or not — of course we wouldn’t name this inspector, but it makes you wonder, what on earth is that person doing with a home inspector’s license and can give out an inspection report.
C4U Inspections to the rescue
C4U’s chief inspector, Lloyd Kenzle cleared up all issues regarding issues raised by the previous inspector and prepared a certified inspection report. That also makes one wonder what was the intention of the original home inspector in the first place. Suspicious?
You can’t save on home maintenance, you can save with home maintenance
Lloyd stated “if the clients had a standard maintenance schedule or program in place, the damage would never have occurred.” This is an excellent example of the importance of home maintenance – again. You can’t save on home maintenance. You can only save on the cost repairs with home maintenance. In fact, most home maintenance is act of inspection. Detecting tiny minor problems is the goal. These can be fixed often without cost, but if left unchecked, then problem will grow into a costly, and in this case, a very dangerous one.
The first inspector failed to find the following:
- A costly and dangerous weakness in the deck
- Poor repairs deck repairs that had failed again
- Moisture staining under the deck at several locations
This part gets really scary.
While the deck was well presented with carpeted flooring and quality outdoor furniture, Lloyd noticed moisture staining under the deck at several location at the over hang and in the garage — a sign of a bigger problem to come.
- The clients wasted their time and money with the first inspector ($320)
- The clients invested $420 for a C4u Inspections inspection report to reduce the price of the home by $8000
- The home owners wasted their money on poor repairs
- The home owners probably put their home insurance at risk
- The home owners were in danger using the deck
- The first inspector didn’t find the danger or the cause
- None of this would have happened if the owners had a home maintenance program in the first place.
- The home owners lost the value of the deck on the sale of their home to the sum of $8000 and the final sale price.
- For $250, the home owners they could have saved their investment of $8000
So again, C4U Inspections has an extensive and cost saving home inspection schedule for home owners to purchase on a yearly basis.
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If you just want to ask our chief inspector, Lloyde Kenzle, a question on anything to do with home maintenance, repairs and home inspections, he is more than happy to oblige.
Ask any question you want. C4U Inspections information service is free of charge and at no obligation — in other words, you don’t have to be asking about something that is directly related to us giving you a service.
Want to know how much a service will cost?
While it is difficult to set a fixed price for home inspections and home maintenance programs, Lloyd is very good at providing a reliable quote online — if you can provide the information required. The more information you provide helps Lloyd with an instant and accurate quote C4U Inspections will stand by.
Generally speaking, C4U Inspections has a set minimum fee for each type of certified inspection — with additional conditions, such as the size of the building, the age of your home, and the amount of built-in appliances, for example.
Want to know how much home repairs will cost and how much you should be paying?
Lloyd has years of experience. If you are wondering how much repairs should cost, he’s a great resource and a great way to know if you’ve be quoted a reasonable fee. As a licensed home inspector in BC, Lloyd must adhere to a strict code of conduct. All and any advice provided is only speculative and for information purposes only.*
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