Owner and Certified CREIA Inspector, Denny Waters, was the senior property damage inspector for the AAA Insurance Claims Department in Eureka, California, for 23 years. His region covered Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Prior to working at AAA, Denny attended college at University of Nevada-Reno and Chico State maintaining a 3.8 GPA in Pre-Veterinary courses while attending UNR.
Before college, Denny was a member of the Heavenly Valley Ski Race team. A letter from the president of that organization (see the letter below), is a testament to the dedication that Denny put into skiing when he was a young man. He does inspections with similar enthusiasm. He’d say he gets his technical aptitude from his dad, who is a mechanical engineer, but some of it might come from his son, who is also a mechanical engineer.
Denny has specialized in home inspections since 2005. He was the highest scoring I.T.A. vocational school graduating student ever, and easily passed his CREIA certification exam on the first try. Let his background of discovering damages, faulty construction, life threatening safety issues, constant nuisance maintenance, and the likelihood of future repairs help you determine your final thoughts concerning purchasing or maintaining a home.
Here are just a few of the things you don’t want to get surprised with:
A roof that needs replacement. Maybe all three layers need to be removed and could have faulty support underneath.
Siding that is very susceptible to moisture damage that may require complete replacement and, of course, repainting.
Antiquated electrical systems that need complete replacement or have been compromised by renters or previous owners’ horticultural endeavors.
Old plumbing that is on the verge of needing complete replacement.
Sunken foundation parts that are allowing the floors to be way out of level.
Low window sills or inadequate railings to decks that would allow a long fall to the ground.
What’s a deal killer?
Some realtors would describe a Home Inspector as a deal killer if that inspector points out so many problems with a house that it scares a client away. All homes have problems or potential problems that should be addressed. I looked at a house once that a senior lady was going to buy. It looked very good at first glance, but then I noticed that the front door was offset from the steps in front of it, there was wood siding moisture damage behind the good looking paint, there were abnormally high spots in the interior flooring to trip on, the crawl space showed evidence of 4+ inches of standing water in it at times, the roofing was finished such that it allowed water damage to occur, there was water damage to walls in a bathroom, drain lines not flowing downhill, a sewer vent not exiting through the roof, and more. The realtor told me after reading my report and seeing pictures to verify these problems that they would never have hired me had they known that I was going to present a report like that, especially with all those pictures. Now they were going to have to go back out to the house and explain why all those pictures are of no concern.
That is what some realtors call a deal killer. Other realtors appreciate it and want their client to know exactly what they are getting into. Wouldn’t you want to know about these deficiencies? Now you can more accurately decide what a house is worth to you before you buy it.
Aletter of commendation from the president of Heavenly Valley Ski Club