Recently, I had the opportunity to serve local homeowners as a project manager. These first-time homeowners did everything right—home inspection, Wood Damaging Organism inspection, the works. These did not prevent them from purchasing their home. Now, a year after purchase, their home is ready to collapse.

The home has a crawl space approximately three feet deep; extraordinarily large for a crawl space in Florida. Within the crawl space, I was able to view the system supporting the floors—a wooden truss system with a sprayed-on layer of insulation.

Within a few minutes, I determined this system is failing.

The insulation is acting as a sponge, holding the water up against wood. Wood decay is evident on each truss, compromising their structural stability, and in some cases, they have completely fallen off. Various inspections by structural engineers have come to the same conclusion—the home could collapse at any time.

The report submitted by the home inspector stated that the floor joists were in good condition. Since the supports are trusses, not joists, it is clear that the inspector never even entered the enormous crawl space. I thought, what else did they miss? Moreover, how many homes around the state, or even the country, are at risk due to lazy inspectors?

This gives my job a new purpose; an understanding of just how much people and families depend on what I do. People are entrusting me to be diligent in situations where something much more important than just their money is on the line. It is their peace of mind.

Colin Trotter

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