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04:06PM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 06/20/04
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We are in the process of selling our current home. The people who put a bid in had their inspection and their inspector told them there is no housewrap on this house. True. The house was built in 1986 and it is not part of the building code in the town we live in (I called to check). The buyers decided to pull out because of this. How important is the housewrap? They are bringing over a contractor to find out how much it would cost to remove our perfectly good siding, put on housewrap and then reside. Is this necessary? All the houses on our street were built by the same builder and atleast 2 have sold in the last year without this being an issue.

Any ideas? Thanks Kelly


05:32PM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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The housewraps being used today provide a wind and water infiltration barrier. The same function was achieved by asphalt felts and some forms of sheathing like homosote and the foil faced foams. Spun-bond polyethylene barrier (tyvek) was uncommon prior to 1990, and has become more widely used, but is still not a requirement most places.

Describe the layers you know of in the wall. What lies behind the siding? Has there ever been water damage or leakage? If the wall system is working properly, housewrap is irrelevant, because something is performing the function. Chances are, your windows are properly flashed, there is some form of infiltration barrier, sheeting, insulation and interior wall finishes. Its wierd that a sale would fall through due to such a statement on the part of the inspector. I imagine he is under some realtor pressure to better explain himself. These guys don't get asked back when they make sales fall through. Part of the problem lies with the flakey buyers. They probably don't fully understand the issue.

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