House wrap or Tyvec wrap is used in every home or building to prevent water intrusion into the building envelope.  In this blog, I will explain how some rehabbers try to deceive home inspectors.

 I was hired for a home inspection in Waukegan, Illinois.  I was told that the home was not a foreclosure or a short sale.  Generally, when I inspect a foreclosure or a short sale there is a large laundry list of issues that need to rectified.  That is not an issue with most buyers who are looking at a bank owned property because they are going into the deal with the idea that there will be numerous issues to do to make the home the way they want it.  Also, the buyers of bank owned properties generally receive a large discount in price for their potential sweat equity.

In the case of the home inspection in Waukegan there were over 120 items that would need to be repaired or replaced.  Generally when I do  a home inspection I spend no more than an hour outside of the home.  When I pulled up to the home inspection in Waukegan I was very concerned with the home’s health.  The home was originally built in the 1940′s and was recently rehabbed in 2008.  What caught my eye was the total disregard for installation of the siding that happened to be “Hardiboard”.   Hardiboard is a great product when installed properly.  None of the connections were sealed at the edges, majority of the siding material wasn’t nailed into the sheathing and the areas that were nailed in were nailed incorrectly.

On further inspection of the siding, I found that a section literally fell off the wall where I noticed that the “Tyvec wrap” wasn’t secured to the wall and there was no insulation between the siding and wrap!  The “Tyvec” wrap secures the home against water entering the sheathing and causing water damage or worse – mold!  The Waukegan Home inspection seemed to start off bad and I thought there would be a chance that the rest of the home would get better.

Boy was I wrong.

Like I said in the beginning of this blog , I found over 120 issues that would need to be corrected.  My client wanted a definitive number on the repairs, so I called a general contractor who came up with over $100,000.00 worth of repairs.  This blog is not meant to scare home buyers,  it’s here to educate home buyers.  If you’re buying a home make sure every area and system is tested and explained to you so that you can be educated on your home.

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