About four or five times a year I see something that really gets under my skin. Any time people try to fool other people, for what they think might be some form of gain, it gets under my skin.
For many years I have made it a habit to check the ice in an ice maker. I do that because sometimes the ice maker does not work, and sometimes people want me to think that it works.
Such was the case today. I looked into the ice maker bin.
I saw ice.
I saw ice that could not have been made by that particular ice maker.
Look carefully. That ice maker makes the half-moon ice. And the ice in the bin is cylindrical.
That ice was purchased before the inspection and put into the bin to make the buyers and inspector think that the ice maker works.
Later, when the buyers move in, the ice maker will be broken and the bin empty and the sellers, if asked, will simply say, "Gee, it was working fine for us. We're soooo sorry to hear it is broken now. Surprise, surprise, surprise."
When I see phony ice, I have to look at the rest of the house with even more scrutiny because if they are trying to cover up one problem, they will try to cover up others.
They do the phony ice thing because ice makers aren't cheap to replace. And they think they are getting something over on someone else. Why not shift the problem to someone else?
That really gets under my skin. When I see this, I leave my card on the kitchen counter. I write something like, "The ice in the ice maker came from the store. Shame on you," or something like that. Once I taped my card to the ice maker door. My report similarly reflects the fact with a phony-ice comment. Nobody, that is nobody, has called me after the inspection to complain about my card. They have been busted and they know it.
They could have done the too-oft familiar, "Ice maker conveys as is." Which is to say - the ice maker is broken, we know it is broken, but we are selling it to you to make it your problem. Have a nice day...
THAT GETS UNDER MY SKIN TOO!
But, at minimum, it is honest. It is not, however, the Golden Rule. That rule is nearly dead.
My recommendation: Check the ice maker! If the listing material says it conveys, it should be producing the right kind of ice. If it isn't, look at the rest of the house very, very carefully...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560