Saw this on a re-inspection recently. The inside gate latch was broken and was supposed to be replaced. But why spend money on a new latch when you can just drill a hole through the gate and poke your finger through?
Termite tube or wasp nest? Your home inspector should know the difference so he or she can make the right call. The termite tube is on the left and the wasp nest (known as a mud dauber) is on the right. I know of at least one case where the inspector identified a wasp nest as "wood destroying insects." Not a fatal mistake, but makes you wonder, what else did this inspector miss or mis-identify? Hire an inspector who knows the difference. At Premier Inspections LLC, we know the difference!
This was a section of the main beam in the crawl space of an older home. The column had settled a bit and caused the sections of the beam to shift. This in turn caused some sagging in the hallway floor inside the house. Not an ideal situation, but not the end of the world. We gave the homeowner the truth without scaring him and also gave him some suggestions about how to remedy the situation. Thorough, balanced and objective - that's how the Crawl Space Junkie does it!