Originally Posted By: evandeven
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As a home inspector, and many of you are probably like this as well, you can’t put the hat away, even if you are on vacation.
My fiancee and I spent a week at a timeshare in Key West Florida.
Here are some pics of what was there. As near as I can tell, the place was built in 1996. It was ordered from somewhere else, North Carolina possibly, and constructed onsite.
The location is fantastic as it is directly on the ocean side of the Keys and access to the backside is only 5 minutes away.
Here are the pics:
This is the hot tub, which a certain home inspector got closed because several tiles were missing in the tub and the sharp edges could cut someone, namely, yours truly.
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/hottub.jpg ]
Here is a junction box that used to have the controls for the blower inside. When I saw it, there was no cover present and bare wires were sticking out. I was told that one of the other guest tried to hotwire the spa. Before the repair, there was no water leaking out of this box.
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/leakyconduit3.jpg ]
Next up, the balcony railing. The wooden railing ran along the front and rear of the two buildings. The entire structure is wood frame.
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/frontwalkbalisters.jpg ]
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/rearbalconybalisters.jpg ]
Now the roof. This is a metal roof with about a 9 foot attic. The ventilation for the roof is only the soffit vents. As a result, excessive heat build up in the attic and causes this fungus around the attic hatch:
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/fungusatattichatch.jpg ]
The flashing on the roof allows the water to run directly onto the fascia instead of diverting it away. If the drip board had been installed under the flashing, the water would not fun on the fascia. fortunately, it is pressure treated so it will take a long time before it finally rots.
Edit: I'll have to find the right pic!
The a/c used the wrong sized pressure lines and didn't cool properly. Due to the heat in the unit and the poor cooling, fungus has developed in all of the a/c vents:
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/fungusinthebedroomvent.jpg ]
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/bathroomacvent.jpg ]
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/hallbathroomacvent.jpg ]
This is the boat house which next year is going to be converted to a bar and rental facility:
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/roofwithcharacter.jpg ]
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/termitedamage.jpg ]
[ Image: http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/alittlewoodrot.jpg ]
While the guy was making the sales pitch for me to purchase a unit, I showed him the pics and also told him about the items that I found, just looking around. He took them under advisement and did not make a return call to try and persuade us to buy a unit. We did get a free week next year though!
Hopefully, they will make some changes to make the place safer.
I do not know what codes Key West (Conch Republic) operates under, but I imagine that if anyone got hurt because of any of the defects I found, it would be costly.
Eric Van De Ven
Magnum Inspections Inc.
I get paid to be suspicious when there is nothing to be suspicious about!