Fake repair work uncovered by Knoxville home inspector

Originally published by ABC 6 WATE.com

by Amanda Ketchledge




KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Home buyers hope their dream home has no major flaws, but sometimes repairs are needed before the move-in date. 

You expect the work to get done the right way, but as one home inspection shows, looks can be deceiving. 

Josh Whitney is the owner of Done Right Home Inspections. His job is to find any potential issues with a home before it's sold. He literally uncovered fake repair work by a contracting company. 

"They screwed a couple of exterior outlet boxes over the original outlets and then taped pictures of GFC outlets," said Whitney. "To tell you the truth, I've been in the business a long time and that's the first time I've ever seen it."

A contractor was hired to replace the exterior outlets of a home, but didn't do the work as promised. Whitney found out when he went to test the power. 

"Not only is it fraudulent that they didn't put those in like it was in the repair order, which is part of the real estate transaction, but somebody could have gotten shocked or hurt from that. Especially if it's a little child," said Whitney. 

It's deceitful actions like this that Whitney tries to shed truth on with his home inspections. He knows buying a home is a big financial decision, but a house with problems could cost you more than you ever bargained for.

Whitney says the main areas that have a lot of the problems are going to be exterior, attics and crawl spaces. 

"Those are places that people really never look when they're buying a house," said Whitney. "Gutters on the outside of a house are very important because they move water away from that foundation. make sure that your gutters are always clean and clear."

He also checks appliances, the roof of a home and the electricity. 

Done Right Home Inspections recommends you do your homework before hiring a contractor to make repairs. 

Date : 7/16/2018

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