During a recent Raleigh Home Inspection, of a Home that had been recently completed and not yet occupied, we observed that the structural beam supporting the roof load of the front porch was not bearing fully on its vertical support posts. The center of the beam should be bearing on the center of the posts to provide proper and intended support. As can be seen in the photograph, the majority of the width of the beam is protruding beyond the edge of the posts. We refer to this condition as an “Off-center loading” of the posts.
Unfortunately,this structural deficiency is one that we observe from time to time. Our client was initially surprised and dismayed as to how that could happen…being that the home was brand new, had “passed” all of its inspections by the local municipality, and had received its Certificate of Occupancy. While we couldn’t precisely answer that particular question, we did recommend in our report that the condition be corrected by the builder and it was ultimately corrected in a satisfactory manner prior to our clients taking possession of the home.
Our client was happy and pleased that they chose to have Quality Residential Inspections perform their Home Inspection and that we were so effectively able to protect their best interest. Had they not been informed of the condition, by us, they might have been responsible for corrective repairs sometime in the future.
It is worthy of note that the home actually “inspected” quite well…and was, overall, a quite nicely constructed home. It was simply a framing configuration that had been improperly implemented and that no one (not the framing contractor, not the builder, not the Building Department inspector) noticed the defect prior to our inspection.
This serves as an example of why you should obtain a professional Home Inspection on any home that you are considering purchasing…even though it may be a “brand new” home.
Call the Raleigh Home Inspector today at 919.848.4833 to schedule your Home Inspection or go HERE to schedule your Home Inspection online.