Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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Inspected a brand new home on behalf of the proud homeowners, one month after the CO was issues. They spent over $1mil on this place.
8 significant cracks in the basement floor, bad enough to have the builder try and trowel concrete over them. More developed since then. Cracked from corner to corner.
Wet property. Poor grading. Soil erosion.
Dug a bit below the brick which was installed on the front of the home. Only a 2" brick ledge existed.
Deck was lag bolted into OSB material. No dimensional lumber was used for the home's box header.
3' cantilever beyond wooden lallys on the deck, with 2X8s on 16" centers (like a mini springboard). Wooden lallys not fastened to base plate in pier. Wooden lallys held in place on top via 2 toe nails per lally.
Home framing was 2X4, with R-15 insulation in the cavities, but no exterior insulation present. Builder fibbed with regard to AFUE rating of the heating system, which was undersuzed by approximately 50,000 BTUs for a home this size. AC was off by about 1 ton, but the dual systems were different sizes, and not energy efficient by NY ECCC standards. The house appears to be non-compliant with NYs ECCC. I used ResCheck, and the system flagged it.
Some exterior outlets were not protected by GFIs. Wall switch started crackling and burning when I tested it. Lots of other fun stuff.
I recommended the client contact a structural engineer for evaluation of the cracks, and to investigate to see if spread footings were used (ground is really wet). Suggsted their attorney contact the local building department for the ECCC calcs presented for approval of conforming envelope design of house, and for a record of all inspections.
Igor's example may have been from contractor error. My inspection was CLEARLY more than that. No pre-closing or progress inspections were allowed on the subject property. SOmetimes what we see is the result of poor design, or poor execution, and sometines its even attributable to greed.
Guys (and gals), hone your skills and be suspicious of everything. That's kinda what we're paid to do anyway. Nice inspection, Igor. What tipped you off, besides the diagonally parked car hiding the cracks?