The Phil Leng Team: Washington: Seattle: Green Lake

The Home Inspection 11 - The Collapse!

The Home Inspection 11 - The Collapse!

Picture this...
Young couple.
First home.
It closes. There is great happiness throughout the land.

This young couple was very gregarious and had lots of friends.

Stop! Hold that thought.

Now some background...

This home is one of those very cute brick homes on the south side of 80th Street in Seattle. They were built almost a hundred years ago. In the front is a busy street. The lot slopes downward toward the back, and behind the house is an alley.

The houses were built without garages. Over time, a two car carport had been built behind the house and attached to it. Underneath was a great carport for two cars.

On top? Well, on top was a large deck, complete with railing. From that deck there was a magnificent view of Green Lake, and the Seattle downtown skyline behind.

Back to the story...

The couple has moved in, and gotten their furniture in place. Time for a house warming party! There were some 30 friends over. Good food. Music up loud. Wine flowed.

Then some gasps of delight! The sun was beginning to go down, making a glorious sunset over Green Lake.

The crowd moved from inside the house to out back... Soon everyone was on the deck, swaying to the music, jabbering happily with their friends.

ALL OF A SUDDEN!!!

The deck collapsed. Bodies everywhere. Broken arms and legs. Two crushed cars.

Later - lawsuits all around.

It was determined that the deck had wood rot in it that the inspector had overlooked. It was not stable or able to support as many people as it had room to hold.

Moral of the story?

Before you hire an inspector for your new home purchase, check to see if he is licensed, bonded, and carries insurance!

ps. (Full Disclosure) This story was told to me by a title officer. It is not first hand and I did not verify it.

 

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