I was Inspecting a home for another Investor and I noticed a "jerry-rigged" device attached to the bottom of a downspout,(apparently designed to divert water away from the house). I noticed as well that there was a low spot in the ground just below the downspout that could allow water to pool up near the foundation. Naturally suspicous, I entered the crawl space and made my way over to that area. Immediatly I noticed the rim joist and the one adjacent to it were completly saturated with water and black in color. These floor supports were obviously exposed to a lot of water over time. Now of course anything in construction can be fixed or replaced; the problem is the down-time or cost. The Investor decided that this property was not in his best interest. Just think if he didn't have it inspected; ended up purchasing it, only to have the Buyer hire an inspector, then backing out of the deal. The fix-up costs would be spendy, and now it's not a profitable deal. So please "pay attention" to details.
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