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Entering a small, older house the other day I noticed how cool the air felt.  It was a hot day and certainly the heat pump was doing its job well.

The literature stated that a completely new heat pump system was professionally put in earlier this year!  So the Realtor stated anyway in the brochure.

Going up the stairs I looked up and noticed the return.

Yep, that's it right there!

Professionally done.

You can see how clean it is though!  Brand new.

Even cuter was the ceiling in one bedroom.  It seems there was no way to get the mechanism into the attic.  So they removed much of a bedroom ceiling and hoisted it up through the joists. 

That normally would not be a problem, except they didn't bother to replace the insulation or drywall.  That room was kind of hot!

Also, they used the closets to run the supply ducts through from the upper to the lower level.  The house was built in 1946 and the closets are, well, really small.  Much of the closets are now occupied with duct work.  Not so much room for clothing!  And they tore a couple of the ducts as they got pulled through the holes in the ceiling and floor.

Oh, and the shelves and hanging rods are no longer there.  But there's a closet anyway!

My recommendation:  when something says "professionally done," just because a "company" does the work it may not necessarily be professionally done!  Check out the work!

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 14 commentsJay Markanich • July 18 2009 06:15AM

Comments

Good Point

Posted by Jennifer Zammit, A.C.C.I. (Realty Executives Elite Ltd.) about 11 years ago

It should say shoemaker done.  How much more would it cost for a duct cover.  Shoemakers for sure.  Not to disparage shoemakers.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 11 years ago

Well that is too much...

I like your recommendation!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) about 11 years ago

Thanks Jennifer.

Russ - when you go to install a complete new system, wouldn't you have a return with you?

Charles - wait until the next post!  Same system...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

You are soooo picky Jay....just a little professional touch to add some personality....make the closets more of a challenge....address the needs of  minimalizer....gee whiz...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 11 years ago

S&D - so, we should call it Return To Sparta!  Minimalists at their epoch's best!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

Jay - I guess we all have different standards of "Professionally"!  This is a major "YIKES!"

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 11 years ago

Lisa - brevity is the soul of wit...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

When I was working as a nuse for a doctor we had a patient who was a "professional" and wanted a "professional" discount on her doctor bill. yes....she was THAT kind of "professional".

There are many definitions of that word....as seen here!

Posted by Susan Gonzalez Faux painting murals atlanta (Marietta Mural & Decorative Design) about 11 years ago

Susan - and I be bettin' she would not extend such a discount to other "professionals..."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

Can't be finished yet---I don't see any duct tape.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 11 years ago

Shadow - fer sher...

Often there is a boat-load of duct tape to anchor the one to the other!  Forget a proper installation when there is duct tape?  Do you know the history of duct (duck) tape?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

I have seen this same profession in my area. He must travel a lot, by night no doubt.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 11 years ago

I refer to him as Uncle Bob, James.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

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