What I'm Seeing Now


My Weirdest Inspection Ever - Can You Top This?

Recently I was asked about the weirdest inspection I have ever done. That was an easy one!

Years ago I pulled up to a very well maintained property. Not much unusual at first glance – white siding, black roof, black shutters, window and door trim. As is my custom, I looked at the outside and met my clients when they arrived to walk around again with them. It was time to go inside.

The Realtor opened the door and everyone invited me to go first. I wondered about the nervous giggling behind me. They wanted to see my reaction.

The door opened to the living room. The carpet and ceiling were black. The walls and the furniture were all white. The pictures on the walls were all framed in black, containing black and white photos and art. I turned around to laughter. The look on my face must have telegraphed volumes! What is this?!

I proceeded into the dining room. It was opposite the living room – the carpet and ceiling were white. And the walls and furniture were black. The pictures on the walls were framed in white, and again, with all black and white photos and art. The plates and such in the black cabinet were white, as was the bowl in the center of the black table. The “fruit” in the bowl was black and white.

I am not kidding

The hallway off the other side of the living room was opposite the living room scheme. The bedrooms off the hall were opposite the hall. All the black and white carpets abutted perfectly. Door frames were opposite the walls, bedroom furniture opposite the carpets. I probably don’t need to mention the colors of the clothing in the closets…

The whole house followed like this! Curtains and blinds were appropriate for the room, black or white, even with patterns.  Pillows and throws the same - opposites of what they accented.  Everything was very coordinated.

There were two bathrooms. The hall bath had white floor and fixtures, with the black wall tile, all opposite the hallway outside. The master bath was opposite the other bathroom and the master bedroom, with black floor and fixtures and white wall tile. The floors in both were black and white tile checkerboards.

The kitchen was very interesting! It had a black floor and black ceiling (opposite the adjoining dining room) with white counters, cabinets, back splash and appliances. The small appliances on the counter were a mix of black and white.

The house was meticulously maintained, everywhere. There was very little to report on during the inspection. Any colors in the house, things such as brooms, books, tools, detergent boxes, cleanser bottles, etc, were behind closed doors or inside cabinets. No color met the eye. Anywhere.

The crowning finish was the two car garage! Exactly half was entirely painted white and the other half entirely painted black. There were black cabinets, shelves and pegboard on the white side, with the opposite on the black side. On the black side was parked a white car. The car on the white side was missing.

I am going to bet that car was not blue… but that is just me…

Everyone reading this has seen their share of, um, interesting décor. And quirkiness! Can you top this!?

My recommendation: Different strokes for different folks. Live and let live!



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 33 commentsJay Markanich • February 17 2009 09:31AM
My Weirdest Inspection Ever - Can You Top This?
Recently I was asked about the weirdest inspection I have ever done. That was an easy one! Years ago I pulled up to a very well maintained property. Not much unusual at first glance – white siding, black roof, black shutters, window and door… more
You Can Do It Cheap, Or You Can Do It Right
An entire inspection of a foreclosure recently was spent with my buyer client and her "contractor. " I use the quotes around the word contractor intentionally. Not realizing I speak Spanish, in each room they were discussing the best… more
Correct Principles And The Extra Mile
I have thought a lot about the term “correct principles” since Charles Buell and I had our somewhat tedious exchange on the subject. You can read it here – http://ActiveRain. com/blogsview/922326/Is-your-belief-a-Bully And you might as… more
Is your "belief" a Bully?
I love Charles Buell! He invites me to think! I wish to develop some different thinking on his post… and I include some of his words. Belief against belief – that’s what we call war? Here’s a question! Could that be what caused the war in… more
How To Eat An Elephant
Sometimes when I am outside the house with a client we see indicators of what may be a problem once we get inside. Such was the case on this particular house. Outside along the rear of the house, a driveway had been added years after the… more
Will I After Tea And Cakes And Ices, Have The Strength To Force This…
Last inspection for January - it's the 31st. I knew the house would have problems when there was no key in the lock box. The seller (investor, who bought and "remodeled" a foreclosure) was called and sent his wife with the key. … more
How Can Tens of Millions of Square Feet of House Be Recalled?
After hurricane Katrina there were shortages of various construction materials. There was too much that needed to be done at one time. One thing in short supply was drywall. This immediate need inspired the importation of tens of millions of… more
To Home Warranty Or Not To Home Warranty…
My house is 10 years old. I received an insert from the mortgage company. It is an offer to purchase a home warranty. Everything in my house is original except the disposal. I have never purchased one! My clients often do. You are going… more
Does Your House Leak? How About Your Listing?
If you are interested in quick answers to leaky house questions, general or specific, there is a useful website to log on to. Your Leaking House created and maintained by Carl Brown and Dale Duffy. It is populated by knowledgeable home… more
I Think We Need To Recall China
For a long time now, I am signed on to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to receive their emails. The send me recall notices. I told them which things I wanted notices on – consumer products, toys, tools, electrical, etc. – and they send… more