What I'm Seeing Now

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What's Up With This?

So, what's up with this?

What do you see here?

Anything unusual, missing, incomplete?

Is this little ramp just a convenient way to get to the front door?

The listing agent came to say that this was how the house was built 30 years ago.

I heard her say that the builder wanted to make things easy for people to get into the house.

Investors own the house and have for 8 years.

When she said that I was pretty sure I had everything diagnosed, but:

1.  Should I believe her?
2.  How would she know that?  She doesn't look old enough to have been involved with real estate, or any builders, 30 years ago.  So when she said that I wondered how she would know it.
3.  I looked carefully at the stoop and heard her say what she said.  I can add.

So, what's up with this?

What do you see here?

My recommendation:  when I read things on listing information sheets, or hear things from sellers and/or listing agents, I always take it with a grain of salt.  I like to determine my own facts first and see if they add up with wht I have read or heard.  You should too.

P.s.  There is a brand-new roof.

 

 

 

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 26 commentsJay Markanich • July 20 2011 07:16AM

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Jay, sounds a bit suspicious to me! But perhaps she was there in a previous life... come on...

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

AHA!!!  Creative real estate lingo.....I believe the step has settled away from the foundation because of poor concrete pour 30 years ago.  NOTHING to do with ease of entry and the CO would not have been issued with step in this condition.

It needs to be broken OUT and replaced with proper REbar if code requires it.

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

That's one odd looking step, is that a white patch where that bottom step pulled away from the top one?

hmmmmmm

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

This is one of those "what were they thinking". Why would they install a slopped step like that?

Shake your head and move on my friend. LOL

Have a great day.

Clint Mckie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 7 years ago

I like your antenna Andrea.

Wallace - is this the first stoop?

Rene - great eyes!

Clint - they wouldn't.

Keep looking all, there is more.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I'm lost.  I don't understand that "ramp". 

In fact, I'd feel uncomfortable even stepping on it is wet, snowing or icing weather.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Sí, sí Señora Lenncita.  I wrote it up as a safety hazard.  And the clients were interested in the cause/remedy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Looks a little precarious...can't imagine that ice would find it easier to navigate...maybe the "rationale" if there was any (?) was they were pitching it away from the house :)...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

No hand rail, no gutters,  and I don't like the "ramp"

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 7 years ago

S&D - I don't think "they" were pitching anything.  And it is very precarious.

Ken - you are on the trail.  And?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay * I don't think so - I see evidence of a darker/smaller porch from the side of the current porch...they may not be connected

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Wallace - for all I know this is the third attempt at a front stoop.  There is an inherent problem making the stoop's stability very difficult, if not impossible.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Clearly it is a gradually inclined, handicapped accessible, sloped, front entrance access ramp, without the inconvenient, in your way handrails. Obvious to me...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 7 years ago

Great Fred!  And you can wheel'em in frontwards or backwards!  We don't need no stinkin' blocking!

There's a lot more going on too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I am with Lenn...I would hate to go down it in rain or snow....since I am so Miss Graceful!  LOL

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 7 years ago

Deborah - that is certainly an issue!  But what is going on that is causing this issue?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

 

Good morning, Jay, looks like it would be a cinch to convert that so that it is ADA compliant... 

 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay,  Since there is no gutter above this - the water coming off the roof is probably washing away the dirt underneath the step, and until that is fixed the step will continue to stoop.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago

Michael - just slop a huge mass of concrete on it to create a low slope right into the house!

Steven - astute.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, the slope of the step/ramp seems to be a surmountable issue, whether the cause is the lack of gutters or whether it was originally constructed that way

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

It is entirely surmountable Chris.  But to date it has not been!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I would guess there are no footers under that step/ramp.  

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 7 years ago

You know what they say; if it smells like a barn yard. I think you must've heard some clucking.

 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Sue - for sure, no footers there.  I tried to post something about this early this morning, but the system wouldn't let me.

Jim - and other sounds too!  As with so many houses, this was just one thing of many!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I'm not sure, but I see you have another blog post up about it.  Lots of good guesses above, but seems like there is more you are wanting to show.

Off to the other post!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) over 7 years ago

Aesthetics trumped common sense Jeremy!  And water works every time.  Water will always be the winner.  Ask the Grand Canyon.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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