Remember that NBI does both home and termite inspections
simultaneously, which saves your client time and money. In this issue,
we touch on what a termite inspection does NOT cover and why we believe
a professional home inspection AND termite inspection are an essential
part of a real estate transaction.
"My client is a contractor, so we only need a termite
If our order takers at NBI had a dollar for every time
they heard an agent say "my client is a contractor, so we only
need a termite inspection", they would be pretty well off.With nearly 25 years in the inspection
business, our response is...really?
There are two main reasons why we believe a professional
home inspection is as equally important in a real estate transaction as
a termite inspection.
1. A termite inspection only reports on wood
destroying organisms and pests, damage resulting from them, and
conditions that can cause them.
A home may be completely free of all wood destroying
organisms and pests; however, there could be other structural issues
that a termite inspector is not required to report on.For
example, we recently performed a home inspection for a potential buyer
on a hillside property. At the time of our inspection, we were told by
the buyer's agent that another termite company inspected and certified
the home as being free and clear of all wood destroying organisms and
pests known as a "Section I Clearance". Per industry
standards, the termite report excluded the fact that there was evidence
of structural failure in the foundation and elevated concrete-capped
garage floor (a possible 30K fix).When NBI's inspector presented these
findings, the buyers were shocked and exclaimed, "we thought if a
termite company certifies a property that means it has no structural
problems." Sorry, that's not true! And unfortunately we hear this
all the time.
2. An experienced building contractor is no
substitute for an experienced home inspector.
No matter how many years of experience a building
contractor has, knowing how and where to look for issues comes from
inspecting thousands of homes.Every year NBI
screens dozens of potential new inspectors for our existing and
expanding areas.Most applicants are building
contractors, city building inspectors, and even some out-of-work
engineers; many of whom have 20+ years of experience in the field.
Although these are related industries and are often prerequisites for
our new hires, most new applicants fail to identify major issues while
inspecting their first dozen training properties. In an industry as
litigious as ours, most are never hired.
We understand the fiduciary duty real estate agents have. So we
caution, never assume that because a client is a contractor, building
official, or engineer, he or she will be able to properly assess a
property for issues. A professional home inspector is trained to
identify material defects or adverse conditions that could result in
injury or lead to costs that would significantly affect a buyer's
evaluation of the property, and to alert them to the need for a
Spot the Problem!
Can you spot the problem with this foundation
system? The potential buyer of this property, a building
contractor, didn't see any problems and was excited that the floors had
been reinforced and re-supported throughout.
find the answer, look in the right-hand column.
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impartiality. In short: We won't spot problems that are not there!
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The "Spot the
Problem" puzzler is this way
Answer to "Spot the
Depending on the area, soils have different properties
and can react differently when loads are placed upon them. Gravity, soil expansion, frost, hydrostatic
pressure, soil erosion, etc. are just a few of the forces that can move
a foundation. Therefore, all foundation systems should include a
footing that is installed below the frost line or top layers of
soil that expand and contract with moisture.
concrete pier block above. It, along with a dozen others under this
home, rests directly on the soil. This condition does not satisfy
current seismic standards in California and the floors will most
certainly lift and settle on an annual basis as moisture content in the