What I'm Seeing Now


I'm Being Reported

I have to say, when I first heard that I was being reported, it worried me because I did not know what I had done.  And I really didn't know what it meant.  The phone call started by telling me that I'm being reported.

When I found out why, I laughed out loud!  It made my day!

Report me?  To whom?  Toward what end?

I should back up.  Do you want to see what the hub bub is about?

This very cute staircase!

And I use the word "staircase" loosely.

It seems I upset the seller of this fine staircase.  Yes, the seller is indeed selling this staircase as it appertains to the house.  And the seller desires to sell the house.

On my report I identified the many problems with this staircase.

1.  It is not attached to the house.
2.  As such it wobbles dramatically.
3.  What's holding it up is the house itself.  Do you see it leaning to the right?  Leaning to the left, with enough pressure, I think it would fall over.
4.  One side is sinking.
5.  The stair treads are loosely nailed, are cracked and move.
6.  The stair treads are resting on the ground.
7.  The very stable support columns onto which the stair treads are attached are not sunk very deep into the ground.  They move easily.  They should be 24" deep.
8.  It has crushed the bath vent coming out of the wall.
9.  There is no guard/hand rail.

You get the idea.  I may have forgotten something.

After laughing, I asked the agent why I'm being reported.  The seller objected to my "editorializing" according to the agent, and that's why he was "reporting" me.  Apparently I was being "inflammatory," and had no right to editorialize on the report.  Hmmm...  you sure? 

So why the objection?  Apparently the seller was upset because at the end of one of my comments in the report I said the staircase was "wobbly, unsound and dangerous." 

You create a dangerous safety issue and I should not identify it as dangerous?

Go ahead and report me!  To whom!?  The County?  You sure you want the County showing up about this, buddy?  My home inspection associations?  They would publish this nationwide and use you as a poster boy!  The state?  Your congressman?  Who!!

AND PLEASE DO!  I want to show up at the same time as some committee of Harumphers with a couple of hula hoops.  And I am going to ask that the seller and the oldest, fattest, most vulnerable Harumpher stand on the third step and do the hula hoop dance together! 


My recommendation:  when sellers object in ways that are a bit out there and over the top about a home inspection report, confront it head on!  And have them call me so I can enjoy another laugh!  We don't laugh enough.


Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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


Comment balloon 297 commentsJay Markanich • August 23 2011 06:28AM


I noticed NO HANDRAIL and EARTH to WOOD contact immediately in the picture.  I'd suggest that the seller call 1-800 - UBI-TEME!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Wallace.  Is that texting phraseology?   I am not good with texting...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jay...." 1 800 U   BITE  ME"  would be the translation :)  And rather than spending the energy getting spun up at you, they'd have been better off fixing the staircase.  People.....

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jay,

That was an "in-your-face" post.

What you are paying no attention to, is that the seller is worried about losing the sale. They could possibly be in a precarious place financially. The ramifications of losing the sale could be extensive.

Don't lose sight of the humans living in the house, as you concentrate on stairs, or rot, or other issues with the sticks and bricks.


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) almost 9 years ago

Bliz - I could move it with my hands.  And I never walked on it for fear of collapse.  It is dangerous all around.

Phil - not sure how to take "in your face post," as I am not the issue here, I will just say that I am focusing on the people who will inherit that dangerous mess and walk on it!  You are kidding I am sure that a rickety staircase could cause them to "lose the sale," when in fact it just needs to be fixed for everyone's safety, including the humans living in the house.

Did you see all the good things in my report regarding the house?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

This is a great laugh.  I was going to suggest, but I can see I'm too late.  congrats on the feature.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 9 years ago

That staircase or should I say "Jerry Riged" gadget is very unsafe. Why apparently the sellers are less than 20 lbs each and are able to support their weight on that unsafe mechanism. Unsafe, weather rot, and leaning to the side. Let them report it and at the same time, bring their insurance agent to the house to also see the well designed three level steps.

Posted by Carolyn Nelson, Your Triangle to Triad Real Estate Expert! (Realty One Carolina, LLC) almost 9 years ago

You know Jay...when you get reported, it goes on your "permanent record". 

That's what they told us in grade school.

Posted by Howard and Susan Meyers (The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore) almost 9 years ago

I see those "type" of stairs all the time.  Pretty dangerous, especially for kids running in and out the back.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) almost 9 years ago
That is very funny. Yes, there are humans living here and hers it is stressful to try to sell a house and even more so if you think you are losing the sale....but the efforts are better spent either fixing the stairs or offering a credit for the buyers to reapair. I cannot imagine my buyers walking just because of this...but they would want it fixed.
Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) almost 9 years ago

Good morning, Jay. Your da man! I think you and this sorry excuse for steps need to be reported...

Congrats on YET ANOTHER featured post. The gods must love ya...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 9 years ago


Or they could just repair this obvious safety concern. Wow, what some people think is beyond me!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 9 years ago

Jay, ever think about working with the CIA...?  You got all the info on those stairs!  :)

Posted by Juan Bassett, GRI (Long & Foster) almost 9 years ago

Ha!  I'm surprised that they didn't say the staircase was leaning because it was tired.

Posted by Nancy Pav, Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor (Century 21 Redwood Realty) almost 9 years ago

What is it with you man?  I have to check in on you the moment I log on in the morning, to see if I can suggest.  If I'm ten minutes late, you're already featured. 

As to the picture, I think my 7 year old grandchild could pick out a few things wrong.  Did the seller think the buyers would have blindfolds on?

Thanks again for the lesson.

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 -) almost 9 years ago

Jay, don't you love how people want to blame others instead of accepting responsibility. While it may have been fine for the owner while they lived there, they should have looked at it and realized it wasn't the quality most people would accept.

Posted by Scott Fogleman, Greater Good Group (New Home Team 804-573-9592) almost 9 years ago

I'm "shocked" that people who own stairs like those would take the time and efforts to report you as opposed to fixing the problem. Some folks...they just need someone else to point the finger at instead of themselves. Boy do they have it in for them if they go through with this! Try no to lose any sleep over this, Jay ; )

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) almost 9 years ago

It would be simple to have a county code inspector come out and verify that the staircase meets code.  Perhaps a code violation report would take some of the wind out of the sellers sails. 

I know of a case where the problem was non-permitted structural work in the attic. When the code inspector came in, he determined that the home itself was unsafe and revoked the occupancy permit....which caused the Seller to reluctantly admit that there might be a problem.

Posted by Daniel H. Fisher, MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC (www.FisherHermanRealty.com (704) 617-3544) almost 9 years ago

Jay, they should be more concern about the safety of people using the stairs.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 9 years ago

Jay, I'm with you, Please do! Funny how sellers get mad at the home inspectors!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Good morning, Jay....seems like the problems are all your fault.....are you sure you didn't construct those steps....or is it a stairway??

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 9 years ago

Small fix and should not scare buyers away if they are serious, not worth reporting you for that...it's petty.  Some folks just have to complain about something and their not happy unless they can.  No worries Jay you did good and will come out of this ok. 

enjoy the rest of you day!!!

Thanks for posting,



Posted by Mary Ellen Tulloch almost 9 years ago

Hey Jay-common sense sould prevail with these sellers and accept your recommendation for the obvious instead of getting indignant. We see this a lot these days!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 9 years ago

If they think "wobbly, unsound and dangerous" is editorializing, they need to read more.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 9 years ago

The first thing i noticed was no hand rail. Not up to fha specs here. The words you used are very common and not at all against what ever code the seller is holding you up to. The listing agnet should have known better and informed his seller before the sale and before the inspection that this could be a problem.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 9 years ago

As the buyer who paid for your expertise I would be appreciative that I got the information I was paying for.  As the agent representing that buyer I would "translate" that information into a specific repair request such as "stairway to be reattached in accordance with building standards" or some appropriately, unambiguous yet enforceable language and notify them that it will be reinspected after repair. As the sellers agent I would explain to my client, before the inspection ever took place, that the inspector is employed by the buyer to turn up defects and issues which require correction in order to ensure safe inhabitability and that a seller who wishes to convey his property needs to be prepared to make reasonable and specific repairs.

I don't know if this happened in this instance but I am forever exasperated by buyers agents who hand over full inspection reports to the seller and his agent and say "fix it all." A lot of an inspectors report is informational for a new owner and a seller and his agent shoud NOT be required to figure out on their own what exactly the buyer is asking be done.

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) almost 9 years ago

Jay, I think that would be the best advertising you could get.  They should plaster it on the front page of the local paper with a picture of you and the steps.  Your phone will be ringing off the hook!!  Too funny. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 9 years ago

I think you should have offered to rebuilt the staircase as part of your service!  They must not want to sell their home very bad if they are letting this stand between them and a closed sale.  What a crock!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) almost 9 years ago

I think he should have just fixed it - noted it was as reported and just fixed it rather than blow up the issue causing buyer to hear his comments - maybe would make buyer worry abou tthe rest of the house. ??

Posted by Linda Edelwich, Glastonbury Office's #1 Top Producing Agent-not on (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Call them back and give them my number and tell them I'm the "authority" they should report you to... I'd LOVE to get that call.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 9 years ago

Jay - That's crazy, from the picture I can tell it's "dangerous."

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) almost 9 years ago

Jay, it seems like you were simply doing your job, which is commendable!

Posted by Michael L. Brownstead, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS, 1SG US Army (Ret.) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great post - it sounds like you enjoy your work.  I am glad you can laugh in the face of absurdity!  I did a post on perception is reality and I believe their reality (albeit wrong) was their perception.  I bet the buyers were happy with your report!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Jay -- You're right...report you to whom?? Were you told who that might be? Also, I'd pay good money to see that hula hoop dancing.  Laugh on!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

geeze, it's not like you called out the wobbly, old smoking $50,000 boiler.... you called out a set of rickety steps that should cost no more than a few hundred bucks to totally replace properly.  put all that harumphing energy into calling a licensed carpenter to repair them.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

I think it odd that even the seller's agent would call you and say such a thing. They should have been talking to the seller about how to handle it if a repair or credit request was made by the buyer.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised though.  A couple home inspectors I know tell me all kinds of stories about how some agents (even buyer's agents) try to minimize the things they find.  They tell me that some agents say they are told by their offices not to even follow the inspection - going so far as to stay in their car or even leaving all together.



Posted by Paul Howard, Paul Howard Realty, 856-488-8444 (Paul Howard, Broker, Paul Howard Realty 856-488-8444) almost 9 years ago

Well, Jay, it was bound to happen. All the finding you do of unsafe conditions... It was only a matter of time until it caught up with you.  Congratulations on the free advertising and peace of mind you'll get from this (and of course, always doing your job well)!


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) almost 9 years ago
Jay- stay strong. Never be intimidated from doing your job correctly. Kudos.
Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) almost 9 years ago

I think the sellers agent should have suggested to repair the stairs before listing or at very least warned the sellers before hand that there might be problems with this particular staircase. Sure, we are agents and not inspectors, but even to an untrained eye this does not look right. 

Posted by Anna Tolstoy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Ha!  I enjoyed your story.  Thanks for sharing.   You were being reported for doing a through job .... good for you!.


Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

Jay, your powers of observation are remarkable.  The sellers would have been much worse off if a potential buyer ended up getting hurt and suing them.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

Bring it on Baby. I am sure they will discover more items wrong with this home.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 9 years ago

I would have written the same thing and I'm not even a home inspector.  If they actually report you I'm sure it'll backfire on them.

Posted by Bryan Robertson almost 9 years ago

Too funny and at the same time too scary!  Even Stevie Wonder can see those steps are scary and a bit dangerous, and what's with all the little rocks and dirt underneath?  Looks like the should have finished the steps with the same brick they used for the walk way and added rails.  Great Post - thanks for sharing! I'm going to report you too, for Doing Your Job!!

Posted by Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County (NCS Premier Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I had clients who had to fix stairs last year. Although it was painful financially, it's better than having someone go through/into/over/under/sideways off them and get hurt. Now THAT would be a problem.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 9 years ago

Jay, i love your shares & posts ...it amazes me the handyman specials in stairs out there for sure!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

It's always amazes me when people get so hung up on what is indicated on the report, rather than actually fixing the problem.

Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

Jay thanks for this word!


  1. An expression of disdain, disbelief, protest, refusal or dismissal.
    Harumph! She is welcome to try, but I'm not going to bother helping.


harumph (plural harumphs)

  1. An expression of disdain, disbelief, protest, or dismissal; a huff, grunt, or snort.
    I didn't get a harumph out of that guy.


harumph (third-person singular simple present harumphs, present participle harumphing, simple past and past participle harumphed)

  1. To dislike, protest, or dismiss.

Harumphism:It is the world as seen through the eyes of those who want to believe their own lies and than mock you for not seeing their truth.

Harumphers use no "rails" when the rail against their opponents. They build there case on wobbly structures that are sure to make them fall, as they really believe what they say...they climb the stairway of their truth and fall at the step they told you was the solid truth.

Posted by John March, "Engage, connect, prosper" (Matt 6:33) (Charisma Media Group, LLC) almost 9 years ago

OKay, it's early and maybe I didn't read very varefully. But exactly how did you editorialize? And who would you be reported to?

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 9 years ago


Just another example of the ridiculous, you do your job correctly and because the (Seller) did not (in properly preparing his home for sale) he wants to report you....good grief.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 9 years ago

Reported to whom exactly?  I guess this agent felt you might be killing a deal.  This "staircase" can't cost much to replace can it?

Posted by Morris Massre, Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida almost 9 years ago

I hate when people just have to report you to the"higher-ups!" You shouldn't be so honest. LOL

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 9 years ago

I could build that staircase and I am not your handyman. In other words its unsafe.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) almost 9 years ago

Yes, as if you are supposed to glaze over a potential safety hazard. 

Let the seller pay your liability premium for concealing the truth if that's how they want it. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) almost 9 years ago

It reminded me of the probation reports that judges ask for prior to sentencing a law breaker. They are not designed to be pretty, but pretty accurate....The person who the report is about would do well to demonstrate change for the better. When a defect comes up anywhere, willingness to repair or fix is recommended instead of arguing or denial tactics...Less talk more action equals results...thank you Jay

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 9 years ago

Jay - There you go again editorializing with this post.... Harumph.... Too funny.... go get em is right ....

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

Hey I thought you were being rather nice. Dangerous is the understatement! Seller must have been visually impaired or in a wheelchair where he used the properly installed ramp...

Posted by K.C. McLaughlin, Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC (RE/MAX United) almost 9 years ago

If the Seller refuses to disclose it is our duty to disclose hazards.

Posted by Jim Free (Jim Free Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great post and congrats on the feature!  You did your job.  If the sellers want to complain oh well.  :)  Keep that happy face on and have a great week.

Posted by Phil Hillerman, Crye-Leike Realtors® (Crye-Leike Realtors®) almost 9 years ago

I think there would be grounds for negligence on your part if you didn't report that.  Sounds like the seller needs to fix it to move the sale on.  You know an underwriter will make it a condition of funding even if the buyer doesn't call it out.

Posted by Geoff ONeill (John L. Scott Medford) almost 9 years ago

Jay ~ You are doing your job and for that I love you :)  Keep those featured blogs rolling out, we can all learn from your stories! ~ Jennifer the IHI Office Girl

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) almost 9 years ago

Great Post & a bit funny!  Report you?  This like you said could be a "model" used as a teaching tool, what not to do, what items to flag in a home inspection, etc.

Posted by Dawn Barrier in Las Vegas at HOMESMART ENCORE, Homes in Las Vegas Nevada 702-812-4550 (HomeSmart Encore - Las Vegas) almost 9 years ago

Clearly, the owner had an emotional reaction to the report and the stairs issue was where they were directing their frustration.  I would think that fixing the stairs in the big picture is going to be inexpensive compared to a larger repair, so if that was the worst of things then I would go about fixing what was wrong.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

So its your fault he has a dangerous staircase and hasn't repaired it?  Everyone is always trying to blame someone else...I like your attitude Jay...

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) almost 9 years ago

Great story, keep us posted.

I also noticed the top landing is not at least 36inches. That can be a very bad fall for someone stepping out of the door at night (or drunk). 


Thanks for sharing 


a fellow Inspector...

Posted by Jorge Rodriguez almost 9 years ago

For the sake of everyone involved in the transaction, home inspectors really cannot afford to try and figure out what will kill a deal---they just need to tell the story---with a decent bedside manner.  "Dr. Jay" I am sure is just fine :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 9 years ago

The seller should know that even if financing is not FHA, but conventional, Fannie Mae guidelines have been updated to require such repairs as these stairs.  No longer can homes with such conditions be appraised "as is."

Many appraisers and lenders are just now getting up to speed on these requirements.  I'll paste in the most relevant part from page 501 of the selling guide dated 3/31/2011:

"When there are incomplete items or conditions that do affect the livability, soundness, or structural integrity of the property, the property must be appraised subject to completion of the specific alterations or repairs. These items can include a partially completed addition or renovation, or physical deficiencies that could affect the soundness or structural integrity of the improvements, including but not limited to, cracks or settlement in the foundation, water seepage, active roof leaks, curled or cupped roof shingles, or inadequate electrical service or plumbing fixtures. In such cases, the lender must obtain a certificate of completion from the appraiser before the mortgage is delivered to Fannie Mae."

It would be a stretch to not call the steps part of the intended structure (personal property).

As an appraiser, I really appreciate it when a home inspection is shared.  Of course, a home inspector would need a client's permission to share the report.

Posted by Roger Watland (Roger T. Watland Associates) almost 9 years ago

I agree with Charles above.  You should never be in trouble for reporting the facts and the truth.  Stick to your guns.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 9 years ago

It was probably one of those "I'm not paying a professional so I will do it myself" things.  Your report likely took the wind out of the do-it-yourselfer's sails!  Those stairs certainly wouldn't make it through un-noticed on a finance appraisal.  Report away I say!

Posted by Amber Pindak (Blue Skies Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

Jay, well I'd say that it's about time that somebody reported you!  And I'd love to see a couple of Harumps hula hooping on the thing! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Reported? Not Reported!  For doing the job that you were paid to do?  Good job, Inspector Jay.  The Seller is fortunate that you are not reporting him.  Let me know when the party is.  I'll bring the hula-hoops. 

Posted by Cookie Hooper, Real Estate Sales & Property Management (True Blue Realty) almost 9 years ago

HA!  With a threat like that from an agent, all one can say is, "Gee, THANKS"

I'd ask them to put it in writing.  

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Gotta say I found this all very amusing. As you say, the original notice was alarming. But really? Steps like these and the seller thinks you were inflammatory?

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Whoa!  Crazy is as crazy does!

Posted by Carey Valentine (Medallion Mortgage Company) almost 9 years ago

Jay, those stairs are actually "faux stairs" intended to be for decoration only.  It must be a new trend as I ran into some the other day.

Posted by Diane Lipps, Broker "Lake Ray Hubbard Real Estate" (DA Rock of Homes - Broker/Owner/REALTOR (469-879-1301)) almost 9 years ago

Saw the headline and had a hunch there had to be one hell of a "gotcha" coming up and I wasn't disappointed. Thanks for getting this man's day going with a hell of a laugh.

Posted by Jonathan Dalton (Realty ONE Group) almost 9 years ago

Jay, you should have recommend them remove the "staircase" and just call it a HUGE STEP DOWN FROM THE HOUSE. HAHA!

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) almost 9 years ago

OMG. Anyone with a brain can see that the staircase is very dangerous. You're right. It doesn't seem to be attached to anything, and its leaning over. All it would take for a person to get hurt is one rusted nail that doesn't hold the thing together anymore, and the stairs collapse under them. Imagine an elderly person climbing those! Or even a child. Too bad the seller didn't understand that you were hired to do a job- and that is to point out the defects in this home. And boy, was that a defect!

Posted by Rose Marinaccio (Coldwell Banker Residential Properties) almost 9 years ago


Great feature, you embellisher- you ; ) Though the written word does seems to carry more formality to it I think you statement was appropriate.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Wow can't really think of a better compliment that being reported for doing your job!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 9 years ago

Ha! Ha!  Seller reminds me of a child who doesn't want to hear the raw truth and is throwing a tantrum.

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) almost 9 years ago

Hi, Jay:  Yet another case of folks wanting to shoot the messanger.

No getting around the fact that the truth is an absolute defense- so let 'em report away...

Posted by Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor (AmeriTeam Property Management) almost 9 years ago

I want front row seats and a bag of popcorn please. Actually, I think a safer situation would be no stairs at all.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 9 years ago

Jay, The only thing that I can see that you left out was a standard list of names and numbers for them to call to complain. Maybe a list of names and numbers of licensed contractors would be the proper people to report this to. Good post sir!

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) almost 9 years ago


 Looks like you made a very thorugh report on the "staircase". Looks like an accident waiting to happen.

Posted by James Loftis, RealEstate911.com (RealEstate911.com) almost 9 years ago

I think you covered the "Report Issue" by telling all of us.  Your guilty Jay, of being a really good inspector.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 9 years ago

It would be so much easier to just fix it and get to closing!!! Unfortunately some people like to complain, report, cry..rather than FIX IT

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for all the comments folks!  I am crushed today and will not get back to this for a while.

Let me say that I know the circumstances here - the sellers have bought a bigger home in a nicer neighborhood and the buyers are a young family with three small children.

I spent a lot of time on the report commenting on the many wonderful things they had done to the inside of the house.  The exterior has been neglected in favor of the inside.  And for the staircase (and me) to be focused on is a bit comical.  It is the most obvious thing on the house!

And I really do favor the hula hoop test.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

It's so interesting what people will say and do. Nothing surprises me anymore.

Jay, you were just doing your job which was identifying the defective and dangerous items in a home. Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Shari Song (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) almost 9 years ago

Jay, you seem to be a maverick to me, unafraid of blazing your own trail.  Looking at that staircase, you were being kind...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Debbie.  When I left this morning I didn't know it was featured either!

Carolyn - the insurance company sure wouldn't have liked a claim for that had they come to see what caused the "accident" someone was claiming!

Howard and Susan - yeah, but it gets expunged when I turn 18.

They are popular, aren't they Justin?  I wonder who it is going around and making them?

Dale - interstingly my clients weren't freaked as they intended to put in a patio with cement stairs.  They just wanted the staircase removed.  It was a tempest in a teapot!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Christine - on a pre-listing inspection I simply would have recommended the stairs be removed and the door blocked.  That way there would have been no issue on an inspection.

Thanks Michael.  I don't know how the feature thing works, but I suspect that posts that can offer information to a broad group on AR to benefit from are the ones that are featured.

You'd think that, right Richard?  I was the problem here, for sure.

Thanks Juan, but no, hadn't considered it!

Nancy - that was the next thing to mention.  I guess the process didn't get that far along.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

They didn't have blindfolds on Ken.  You would have to understand the seller, but so much about the house was gorgeous and he focused on the thing he shouldn't have.

I agree Scott.  And the buyers have three small children and want to use that back door!  They are putting in cement stairs and patio though.

I'm really not worried Margie, but thanks!  I am still very interested in hearing who I would be reported to!

Thanks Daniel.  Nothing about those stairs meets any code here.  But it isn't enough on my radar to worry about having the county come out.  The seller doesn't want that for sure!

That's the crux of it, right Michael!?  They really are dangerous, I was not editorializing!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jay - Actually they called me to report your "editorializing."  And I must say I'm shocked.  From observing the staircase it's obvious that nothing is wrong . . . I mean, add a few nails here or there, line the edge with a few concrete blocks to keep it from moving and it will last another two maybe three weeks. 

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 9 years ago

Connie - kill the messenger!  Just observing and reporting - that's what I do!

Barbara - that there is the stairway to heaven!  In more ways than one...

Thanks MaryEllen, and not worried here!

Marco - common sense will prevail.  Do you think I think I will really be reported?

Reuben - I was just calling a spade a spade!  What else could I say?  These stairs were exactly that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

I think possibly the term "lender required repairs" will come into play.  Or is it a cash buyer?   Conventional? 


Does the owner not realize these stairs are dangerous?  I don't understand their behavior.

Posted by Faye Y. Taylor, Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni (StepStone Realty, LLC ) almost 9 years ago

Scott - there is a lot to notice!  I am not so worried about the "specs" as I am the safety of the whole.

SaraGray - there was not so much to report on this house!  It is interesting that the seller focused on this thing, being the most obvious!

Mike - that would be great, but I never thought this would go any further.  Unfortunately...

Woulda, coulda, shoulda Sherri, but I don't have time!

Linda - well, you're right, loose lips sink ships!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Tammy!  I never turn away a little extra muscle!

Corinne - they have probably already been set straight!  I haven't heard anything since, not that I was expecting to.

Michelle - dangerous it is!  I was a bit surprised they balked at the word myself.

Michael - thanks, but I'm only there to observe and report.  And that's what I did.

Joy - I think they were pleased and the final result will be beautiful too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Barbara - I would pay money too!  Should it get that far, how about a video?

Alan - total replacement is the way to go.  The buyers actually want to put in concrete stairs and a patio.  I don't think the seller knew that at the time he wanted to do me in!

Paul - I know it wasn't clear, but I didn't hear from the seller's agent.  And the buyer's agent thought it as funny as I did.

Thanks Bruce.  The Eagle has finally landed, on the back of my head!

Mark - thanks, and I won't be intimidated!  I have to do my thing!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Anna - it doesn't take much training to know those stairs are a problem!

Patricia - then I should be reported every day!

Brian - and those stairs had apparently been there for a long time.  That's a lot of good luck!

Harry - I wondered how far it would go, but frankly didn't think it would really go anywhere.  Unfortunately...

Bryan - wouldn't that backfire be fun to hear about!


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Probably would have taken the sellers less energy to remedy the issue than to try and find someone to listen to their complaint. Also the agent representing them should have applauded you and let them know about the liability of having steps like that.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) almost 9 years ago

And in that regard, I am grateful to be reported Graziella!

Hella - there are those who don't think that far out.  Good for you for getting them to that point.

Ginny - some staircases are better than others!  These were among the most classic!

Bill - their ire is a bit misplaced!  Just do the right thing!

John - I got that word from Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles!  I thought it was funny then and funny now.  Wow, you really researched it!  LOVE your last paragraph!  Your answer could be its own post!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Melissa - apparently using adjectives, or more than one adjective, is editorializing!  Just trying to be descriptive is all!

Thanks Lisa.  I think the listing agent could have had a role in advance of listing the house by just reviewing this and trying to correct it pre inspection!

No Morris, and in fact, it would have been better to remove it completely before the listing.

Lizette - I'm wondering what higher up I could be reported to!  The higher up I check in with all the time probably thought I did good!

Chuck - I will get them your phone number.  I'll say you're expensive but really, really good.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Joe - that runs over $300/month!  Not that he would care about that...

Richie - that's a good analogy!  Glad you liked this post too!

L&R - that is one of my favorite words!  I don't get to use it too much, but it fit here!

K.C. - I am not an alarmist, but not a sugar coater either!  I thought I was being accurate.

Jim - it's sitting on the back side of the house!  That is pretty obvious disclosure!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the smile Jay! I needed it at this moment.

Posted by Robert Amato (Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc) almost 9 years ago

I just got reported to!  Because a buyer decided his wife didn't like the house the week before closing and after the seller made thousands of dollars worth of requested repairs.  We suggested that they speak to an attorney about their legal obligations of the contract.  Report away! 

Posted by Tammy Anderson, Owens, Broker/Owner ("The Gateway Home Team" of RE/MAX Alliance) almost 9 years ago

I'm not an inspecter and noticed the leaning and no handrail immediately. The poor seller... his trying to fake it didn't fool anyone.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

We run into those types of people occasionally, don't we Jay? It's just a numbers kind of thing. Keeps us on our toes!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) almost 9 years ago

Can't please everyone all the time. Since you were hired by the buyer, sounds to me like you were doing exactly what you were paid to do. Great job!

Posted by Bruce Clark (Surterre Properties) almost 9 years ago

Jay - Hope you weathered the 5.9er. Sure hope nobody was on those stairs when it hit. Guess they could have held onto the railing.... er....

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Phil.  I intend to do all that!

Geoff - of course I have to report it!  That's what I do!  I observe and report, which is what I did here.

Thank you Jennifer.  People are making my stories fun!  And I'm glad I can share it all.

Dawn - not sure what I would be reported to, but I was interested in finding out!

You're right Eileen, and honestly I didn't think this thing would go any further.  So far it hasn't, days later.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Rene.  They had apparently been living with those stairs for a long time!  Cheating Mr. Accident in my opinion.

Thanks Jorge.  Yes, there were a couple of things I wrote in my report that didn't get included here.

I agree Charlie.  I never focus on the deal, just the stuff!  And as to my words, I was just calling a spade a spade.  No more, no less.  The words were accurate and not unfair.

Roger - I don't know what kind of loan they are getting, but not sure anyone from those agencies would come out to the house.  They may request a copy of my report though!

I did Paula, and have had fun with it!  Thanks.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Amber, and really, the bottom line is that I am required to!

Me too Pat.  That alone would be worth the time it would take to go back out there!  And I think they should use different colored hula hoops!

Thanks Cookie.  Once that word gets out, I suspect a lot of people would want to bring some and watch!

Thanks Lenn.  Honestly that would have been a whole lot of fun.  Had I been called anywhere I would have invited you (both for extra muscle and your personal enjoyment!)...  And I really would have suggested the hula hoops!

Vickie - that is a bit funny for sure!  And I said so many nice things about the house as well.  It's odd!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Carey - reporting me really would have been crazy.  A lot of people would have descended on that house I don't think the seller would want to be there!

Similar to staging Diane?  Pretty good thought there...

Glad to do it Jonathan!  At first I wasn't laughing, but into the phone call it really impressed me as funny blog fodder!

Watch that first step Mike, it's a doozy!  That's a cartoon line I think!

It's a little funny Rose, but maybe the seller felt blindsided.  Not sure why, those stairs are almost as old as I am...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Don - looking at those things what else should I have said?  And if you stood even on the lowest tread you would have FELT it!

Thanks Larry.  Just knowing he was thinking of doing it was fun for me!

I think it was a quick tantrum Jennifer.  But you're right, a tantrum nonetheless!

That was my attitude too Dennis.  And I was serious about the hula hoops!

Cynthia - would have LOVED to video that thing!  LOVED TO!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad.  I don't have that list, but I bet we could put one together real fast!

James - that was an accident bullet they had dodged apparently for a long time!

Jack - I plead guilty your honor, and I plead the Fifth Amendment.

Beth - why solve the problem when it is so fun to complain!?

Shari - what did they think I showed up to do?  And they didn't know those stairs were there?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Chris - I thought I was polite and very accurate!  But there was more than one comment about the stairs!

John - you forget the duct tape and Elmer's glue.  Any repair kit without those things, well, shouldn't be called a kit!

I don't know Faye.  I think the buyers just want the stairs removed to replace them with concrete stairs and patio.

Randy - it's funny that agents take their client's side when they really should not!

Glad to help Bob.  I hope you're doing alright.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Tammy - I guess there's a local realty board to report you to, but I don't know who they would report me to.  Sounds like you came out fine!

Gretchen - that staircase has been trying to fake it for over a decade!

Steve - we do, and frankly it doesn't worry me.  I knew this was bluster.

Bruce - for sure!  We are there to observe and report.  That's exactly what I did.  My wording was accurate and fair!

Brad - I'll call the realtor to find out if those stairs are still there!

And thanks, we are fine.  I have a post today about it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Hilarious post, in the fact that it's all so obivious to everyone, you forgot to tell them you would call the local Code Enforcement for them.

Good job, the buyer got their money's worth.

Posted by Jeanette Igoe, CIPS, GRI, TRC, SFR, e-PRO, CFS, (Igoe Realty P.A.) almost 9 years ago

That was a pretty good and funny post after all.  Yep report me!  LOL.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) almost 9 years ago

Interesting that they would think this warrants a complaint.

Posted by Michael Smith (Michael Smith (Homexpo Realty)) almost 9 years ago

it was perfectly fine before you "inspected" it!

Posted by Lenny Schwartz (TexasRealty.us) almost 9 years ago

sounds more like a testimonial than a complaint

Posted by Greg Haraksin, North Orange County Homes (Prudential California Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great post and great comments. Glad this was featured in the email ActiveRain sends out!! Made me laugh more than several times. Am curious as to how the listing agent had this written up on their "inspection".

Posted by Scott Pierce, Founder & Chief Evangelist at Listings-to-Leads (Listings-to-Leads) almost 9 years ago

Jay:  Ya know, I have had that same thought about you... that you should be "reported."  Luckily, I cannot figure out "to whom"... either.  Whew, huh ?

Great post... and Congratulations on the "Feature."  It looks like at least one person... DID report you.  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Shame on you Jay.....I just reported you too. :)

Posted by Jeff Coon, Branch Manager (Annie Mac Home Mortgage) almost 9 years ago

This was a good morning chuckle....thanks for posting.

Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Ha, you beat them to the punch! Love it! I wonder if the "staircase" is replaced yet? The agent should have explained THAT to the seller. Good luck~even though you don't need any. lol.

Posted by Diane Casale, REALTOR®, ABR®, CNAS®, SNP, Selling North Alabama (Coldwell Banker First, Huntsville, AL) almost 9 years ago

That's a great one! People never seem to amaze me in this business!

Posted by Dave Iliff, Real Estate Agent in Hockessin, DE (Patterson Schwartz) almost 9 years ago

First of all, I believe you were just doing what is required of you as a licensed agent. 


And second, they should be more concerned with a possible lawsuit in the event a prospective buyer should lose their balance and get hurt!!!!

Wow, is all I can say!

Posted by Linda S. Cefalu, Broker Assoc., I'll Take You Home (Coldwell Banker Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

The seller must have been having a bad day!

He should have looked for something else to complain about and spent the energy replacing the steps.



Posted by Donna J. Stephens, CRS (BHHS Ambassador Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

man -- inspectors always have to find something!!

Jay - how do you respond to 130 comments?!?!  Good work.

Posted by Ryan Covino (Northeast RealtyPartners) almost 9 years ago

I am reporting you for the use of "appertains" and "Harumphers".


Gotta love the folks out there.



Posted by Gary De Pury, ESQ. (Bay Vista Realty) almost 9 years ago

Wonder if the other Agent would stand on the 3rd step with "his" hula-hoop?

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) almost 9 years ago

My instant reply would have been - "I agree, you should report me, here let me dial the number for you"  pick up the phone and stare at them. 

I do have a list of underwriters I would like to do a group photo with on that staircase prior to repair :-)

Posted by Steve Barker, Steve Barker (Movement Mortgage) almost 9 years ago
Jay, I think the best response is " go ahead report me and make my day!". Unfortunately, with our market in the toilet seller frustrations are running high. All the best, Michelle
Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago



Needless to say, the seller should be much more concerned about the safety issue than he is about the manner in which it is reported back to him ... So many sellers today are so very bitter ... The economy, lost jobs, dwindling portfolio, etc. Sometimes they are just looking for an excuse to vent at someone/anyone. Out of fear, the listing agent may have chosen to throw you under the stairs, er, I mean bus. Hope that your record may someday be expunged :-)





Posted by Ed & Terri Smith (RE/MAX Coastal Properties Destin Florida) almost 9 years ago

I think the real reason you didn't get "reported" is that the seller finally cooled down and realized how lucky he was that no agent, potential buyer, or other unfortunate guest had ever had those steps buckle under them.

Posted by Ann L. Ferguson (Century 21 North Homes Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Some sellers are detached from reality. Thanks for sharing. You did get my attention.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) almost 9 years ago

tell them to go ahead...the building department would red tag that steaming pile.

those aren't steps...they're widowmakers

Posted by Michael Ford, California+Hawaii+Oregon almost 9 years ago
Looks like a negative drainage issue exists also. I hope you didn't bring that up too!
Posted by Doug Maas, Broker/Owner - REMAX Of Great Falls - MT Real Esta (RE/MAX of Great Falls) almost 9 years ago

You should have wrapped it in yellow caution tape before leaving the scene!

Posted by Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington (Realty One Group Cascadia) almost 9 years ago

Would it feel like if you where on the earthquake epicenter, it cool be use to Determine the Magnitude!

Posted by Hector Reyes, Southern California (NHNR) almost 9 years ago

What a safety issue, and your right, does he want the County looking at this mess; what if the potential buyer gets hurt?  Can anyone say "LAWSUIT".  Let us know if anything comes of this.

Posted by Lois Davies, Cape Coral & SW Florida (Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I think the seller had a few short and extended drinks when building the wobbly stairs.



Posted by George P. Cruz Sr., PSL FL CDPE, TRC, CIPS (Premier Brokers International) almost 9 years ago

Where is the buyer's agent in all of this and how did your report go to a third party without your consent?

Posted by Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS) almost 9 years ago


   Come on!    As a seasoned inspector, this is not a bad situation!    This stairway is for getting rid of those in-laws/outlaws that are not wanted.   Now you messed up the entire sutup.

  I chair the Disciplinary committee of our Association and see these irate sellers all the time.   Not to mention the ones that come after me.   

  Your next step is to file this in a "Wall of shame" power point to have going when you do promotional shows.  I have about 1100 photos so far,  and some days they add up by leaps and bounds.

Posted by David Cook (Paragon Inspections) almost 9 years ago

Jay, I also just 'love' the comment 'oh the inspector HAD to find something to justify his price'!!!  UGH.  Amazing how we as human beings never want to accept the facts.  It's ALWAYS the other person bad! 

Glad you got 'reported'!  Keep up the good work...  As you said, it makes for great blog fodder!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 9 years ago
So typical of someone who would even build something and let it go for that long. At least the stress of being reported lasted all of 10 seconds. Lol Congrats on the feature!! It's a great story and laugh... Dean
Posted by Dean Watkins (Douglas Reatly - Associate Broker, CDPE, HRC, ePro) almost 9 years ago

Jay... Thanks for a great post. I am going to re-blog it too. I love that this seller thinks you went overboard with your assessment of those stairs. Bravo for you! just goes to show how some sellers think their home is the Taj Mahal. Good thing you are thorough inspector.

Posted by Steve Facella (ReMax Prestige) almost 9 years ago

That was AWESOME!  I couldn't stop laughing!  Please be sure to take video of the fatest guy doing the hula...that is YouTube video for sure!

Posted by Gretchen Bradley (Realty Source Inc.) almost 9 years ago

That's the problem with inspectors...you really don't have anyone homeowner's can fall back on if there was a problem....

Now, this may not be a case where they should...but you get the point. As Realtors we have many things that keep us in check.

Posted by Michael Weaver, Real Estate + Technology (The Vearus Group) almost 9 years ago

Jay, how could you dare write such a negative report? You inspectors are all the same, "deal killers", covering their "you know what's"! And Realtors, all they're looking out for is themselves and getting that big fat commission check! Of course, I'm just kidding!!! But I wish I had a buck for the number of times I've heard those lines over the years! Keep up the good work and great posts! 

Posted by Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate, Certified Residential Specialist (ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES mitch@prostead.com) almost 9 years ago

Geez Jay...OH DARE YOU have the safety of your clients in mind and the Audacity to make comments pretaining to a "staircase" that is clearly in violation of ANY towns building code...Man some people..

Hee Hee Kidding of course..Ahh sellers and their stress!

Posted by Tara Stone, NJ Estates and Stables (eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

Will you please follow up with a post of what actually happened in this case of the "Incredible Steps"....we would all enjoy finding out the conclusion of this "mystery" as to why any seller "and seller's agent (especially)" would make such a fuss over these steps!   As a "Buyer's Agent", I can't imagine it came to this... My main inspector encourages the buyer to attend the inspection to "learn about their new home"....and I always attend each inspection also, to have a first hand look at any issues that may need discussing with my buyer client for a repair request.  This is part of our "Due Diligence" responsibility, I think.   So please give us a follow up post, Jay! 


Posted by Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge (Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jay,


It will be great if you were reported and there is much ado about it. Then, yours will be a case study for budding inspectors as an example of what one should not let slip. Can you imagine an excited child rushing out of that door on to the wobbly stairs without guard rails on the first day of occupancy? And you have to live with the fact that you helped close the deal?


You did right!

Posted by Ranji Singh (Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

In Oklahoma, if you are a P.E. (Professional Engineer), then you are required by the state to notify anyone who has an unsafe or dangerous situation. You are the eyes and ears of the state if you are a licensed professional engineer.

Home inspectors here don't have the same licensing punishment issues if you miss something structural, but here if a PE puts his seal on it, the home owner is definitely on notice.

I enjoyed reading the first few comments....

Posted by Debbie Durkee, ALC, CRS -- Land & Country Estates near Tulsa (RE/MAX T-town) almost 9 years ago

Call it like it is, Jay, call it like it is.

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) almost 9 years ago

Great Post Jay...I got a good laugh out this one..The seller ought to use the energy to fix the stairs rather than groan about your report...

Posted by Harris Howerton (FC Tucker Commercial) almost 9 years ago

Perhaps the seller and agent forgot that the buyer employed you and your fiduciary interests lie with them.   I also agree wtih many others that the buyer's agent should spend a little time in asking for repairs instead of cut and paste.

Posted by The Hollinden Team, Serving the Greater Louisville area (EXP Realty) almost 9 years ago

There has to be a mental disorder called "seller-itis", which is characterized by the rapid deterioration of logical thought processes.


Posted by Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343)) almost 9 years ago


I will be reporting you also.  My tomatoes are not ripening as quick as I would like.  It's negative energy like yours that is no doubt upseting the cosmos and my tomatoes.  A lack of ripe tomatoes in my backyard  has nothing to do with when I planted them or how much water I didn't give them, my wish to have tomatoes this morning is obviously being blocked by your negative energy!  Anybody else been damaged by Jay's attitude?  Maybe we can do a class action lawsuit.

Posted by Kim Carnes, Carnes Home Inspections - Indianapolis Metro Area and beyond - (Licensed - Certified Home Inspectors (317) 753-7098) almost 9 years ago

Jay ~

This post is amazing!  Seller's just seem oblivious to things that are hazards and think we should paint a pretty little picture of their home, anyways.  That will never happen when I'm writing up the listing, either.  I tell the truth and I show the house as it is ~ if a buyer is interested, then either the seller will fix it prior to closing or the buyer will front the money and fix it himself/herself.

Posted by Renae Pretty, GRI, e-PRO, MRP almost 9 years ago

As an agent, I agree with the inspector. If something is that obvious that we can point it out to potential buyers, then we should too. This staircase does not look impossibly expensive to hire a repair neither. So why again is the seller crying "Wolf"?

Posted by Brian Schulte, SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ (Allison James Estates & Homes) almost 9 years ago

You mean you're not one of "those" inspectors that get in bed with Realtors and overlook issues so the deal can go through? What's the world coming to. Everyone knows inspectors and buyers agents are in kahoots. :-)

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the laugh :-)  I agree with Hall, you should have added the caution tape.

Posted by Eva Castillanes (Keller Williams) almost 9 years ago

Jay ~ Great story, unfortunate that its true. The seller should be happy to make the repair and turn over a sound property.

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I can't believe that the seller would do anything but fix it.  Obviously there was no permit pulled for these stairs.  He is going to cause a major headache for himself and that's about it.

Posted by Jeremy Joslin, Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

I'm surprised your earthquake didn't finish off the job!

I'm not an agent, so maybe I shouldn't have an opinion here...but isn't it part of the listing agent's job to advise a seller on something as unacceptable as this?  Every agent I work with goes on and on about how they will "guide" and "advise" the buyers and sellers and apply their experience to facilitate a sale.  Even if you couldn't force the seller to replace this before listing it, if it were me I would have said, "Well, don't be surprised when an inspector crucifies you for them."  Unless this was an "As-is" sale, I can't even believe they would try it.

The humor hasn't escaped me though.  This is cool enough to send to the local newspaper for a good editorial on real estate.

Posted by Jan Chilton, Real Estate Marketing almost 9 years ago

Maybe its jst me....1st you are 100% correct with you assesment


my question is simply this.........why wouldnt the seller just fix it/have it built properly? i mean something like that would cost a total of about $300 to have done correctly

Posted by Dominick Gaccino (Dominick gaccino) almost 9 years ago

I have seen 2nd story decks in such condition. I have had sellers screw doors shut so buyers could not access decks.

Too many stories of decks collapsing and killing/injuring people.

Jay, you would be negligent not to mention the hazard in your report.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) almost 9 years ago

The seller's AGENT is the one to kick here, this should have been on his list to have the seller fix BEFORE he listed. Ridiculous that he has this even come up. And when the report mentioned it, again, the agent should have talked to the seller and make him understand that he should simply fix that.

I'd say you probably do not have to loose too much sleep over that one ;-)

Posted by Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon (CB Valley Broker) almost 9 years ago

Jay , current IRC Building Codes would require a 3'x3' minimum landing outside of the door prior to steps . I hope he has to build a landing on piers & new set of steps . Safety first !

Posted by Edward D. Nikles (Ed Nikles Custom Builder , Inc. / Nikles Realty , Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Let the seller know that he needs to spend alittle more than case of beer and a few hours on Saturday to build the proper stairs.   Stick to your guns.  BTW, where is the agent in all this?  Hopefuly they are trying to council the seller as well.

Posted by Mike Reyman, Delaware County Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors) almost 9 years ago

You know what they say about throwing a stone into a pack of dogs. The one who gets hit howls!

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Now, now Jay!  How dare you pick on his handywork.  I'm sure he went over to the local Home Depot or Lowes and followed their instructions, so what's the problem?  hahahaha

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate almost 9 years ago

I can't believe the buyers actually needed to hire you to evaluate this!

Posted by Ken Anderson, Broker in Burlington, Ontario (Apex Results Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Let them call!  I am sure that you are getting a big laugh on this one.  Thanks for sharing.  We all need to laugh and vent from time to time.  So many ridiculous people that we have to deal with every day!  I tell my buying clients that I don't want to sell them a "dud" and I tell my selling clients that you don't want to try to hand off a "dud" to someone.  Let's make it right for everyone involved!  Thanks for the post...it made me laugh too!

Posted by Tina Beasley, It's not about me...It's all about you! (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage, LLC) almost 9 years ago

The seller sounds like the kind of person who brings these wonderful, frivolous lawsuits that our country is so overrun with and costing the taxpayer even more money. He strikes me as having that sort of mentality. Any reasonably thinking person, even with bad eyesight,  can see that there's a safety issue with the "staircase" which I would more appropriately call, wobbly steps.  I would be laughing too but it's just so tiresome to encounter people like this.  If a person like this would just spend their time making the "staircase" right in the first place, rather than causing an issue that will only waste everyone's time, how much easier for the seller and all parties concerned.  Seller, just do it right to start with! and get on with the important business of selling your house.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 9 years ago

Jay ... You are so right about your inspection and reporting about this home and staircase.  Smart buyers would see that for themselves, and your report is essential. 

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) almost 9 years ago

Those "steps" look like an accident waiting to happen!

I guess it's a good thing you have a sense of humor....

Posted by Dennis J. Zisa & Associates, Inc., 29 years in So. Jersey and the Greater Camden area (Dennis J. Zisa & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Loved it.

Posted by Jeff McClintock (Weichert Realtors-Dream Achievers) almost 9 years ago

I would thank them immediately for their kind gesture!  Once they report this one you will get a reward for being an outstanding home inspector.  Not only will this be a a mark of honor but your business will double as those around you are in awe of your credibility.  You will hear nothing but your hired and your business will double. Thanks are in order : )

Posted by Amy Robinson, Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale (London Pierce Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Didn't you listen to your high school principal who would tell you that the report will bo down on your PERMANANT RECORD?

Erick Blackwelder
Washington DC suburbs
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Posted by Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120. (Cell: 703-677-1120) almost 9 years ago

Jay - Your blog posts never fail to entertain. Thanks for a good giggle this morning. I know we'll all be interested in learning where this gets reported. Morning news might be fun.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 9 years ago

I see why your being reported.

You called it a "staircase" (loosely) when in actuality it's just a pile of wood! That was being too generous...

Posted by Mark Robinson, Honesty, Integrity, Service (Geneva Financial, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jay - Hahahaha! This is so FUNNY! but of course informational as well. But what is this seller thinking? That wooden western prop that looks like a "fire-wood" should go on a fire-pit where it belongs. You are doing a great job and an ethical service to your clients. Hey! if you are being accused of doing a great job, then let them accuse you by all means. I loved the Hula Dancing on the third step... you made my morning man! Good luck to you and I wish I had a guy like you out here in SoCal! We sure need the sense of humor.

Posted by Michael Nugent, Sells Corona, Eastvale & Riverside (Prudential Califoirnia Realty) almost 9 years ago

Lean to the left, wobble off the right, crush a vent, sink down, but don't be forthright.

(Maybe I should stick to my day job. Nana)

Posted by Kate Kate almost 9 years ago

If you are going to do that Jay, let me sell tickets to that event! You know you did the right thing when someone questions it.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 9 years ago

Jay, It looks like for the amount of time it will take these people to "report" you, they could just rebuild the steps.  I bet there are a few more things besides the steps that need attention in their house, if they're making such a big deal over those, though. 

Posted by Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale, WendeByTheBay.com - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula (Wende Schoof) almost 9 years ago

I love to read your 'editorials', Jay... you seem to get more than your fair share of excitement...

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 9 years ago

You have to love our profession!

Posted by Terje (Terry) Aaslid, Foreclosed homes / New Homes (Realty ONE Group) almost 9 years ago

Jay, it would seem that if you didnt' mention the obvious flaws in that staircase, you would be accused of not doing your job, probably even by the seller if he walked on it and it broke!

There is a probably a high likelihood you won't hear anything about the reporting... but its still aggravating to know someone can be so righteous.

Posted by Eugene Lew (RE/MAX equity group) almost 9 years ago

Good for you Jay! If they wanted to really sell the house, they should of fixed it prior to putting it on the market.

Posted by Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans (FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.) almost 9 years ago

Well, Jay you made ME laugh!Thank  you for starting my day on an up note (and not even a wobbly one!)

Loved the harumphs....too funny thinking about the visual of that one.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 9 years ago

I am sure there is a CODE for that!


Posted by Anne Edwards Johnson, Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260 (JP and Associates) almost 9 years ago

At the end of the day you know you did right and that is what matters.  This listing agent is way off base and actually should be "reported" for being stupid and "inflammatory".  You can forgive lack of knowledge, but you can't fix stupid.

Posted by Ric Mills, Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge (Keller Williams Southern Az) almost 9 years ago


Hysterical!  Thanks for the great read this morning.  You sound as if you do a great job for your clients!  Good for you.  Too bad your in VA and I'm in AZ or I'd be using you.  Best of luck to you!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) almost 9 years ago

That's ridiculous..I'm with you, report all you want. Good thing too is that you have pictures. I hope the seller doesn't notice this blog, though.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 9 years ago

I am shocked -- SHOCKED -- at how well you did your job! 

How entertaining!  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Katie Munoz (Moving Forward Inc) almost 9 years ago

Well Jay, it appears obvious to me.  You didn't make it right.

I recently watched a Mike Holmes Inspection from HGTV and you didn't get a crew to dig up the ground and see if there are adequate footings in the ground.  Of course you would have to add a foundation drainage system and tear up and install a new walkway.

My guess is you didn't make it right.  The seller should report you to HGTV for an episode so everyone can laugh.


Posted by Jim Mushinsky (Centsable Inspection) almost 9 years ago

There's another glaring problem that goes beyond the wobbly stairs: there's no landing as required by building codes.  You can't have a step adjacent to a door.

Posted by Robert Griffice (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Congratulations, we should all be so lucky as to be reported for such blatant competency.  Yeesh...I'm surprised they didn't say you had violated their civil rights, too.

Posted by Monica Hess, Kentucky's Feng Shui Master (Feng Shui This Kentucky) almost 9 years ago

Jay, the seller was wrong and you are right.  Easy day!  OBTW: I'll bet nothing every gets "reported" either.  

Posted by Kent Dills, Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington (Broker, Dills Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Ha! Sometimes a guy just can't win. You may have saved the seller from a messy lawsuit by pointing out the obvious.  Sometimes we just get complacent about the way things are around the house and don't even think of the dangers until someone is injured.  You will probably end up with a commendation as a result of the "report".

Posted by Sharon Vest (Century 21 JC Jones American Dream) almost 9 years ago

Wow! I'm not sure if I'm rattled that the agent took it far enough to actually tell you in the first place or the seller for blaming you for a problem they caused. It's kind of like a cheating man or woman being pist at the person taping them cheating. It would be different if it was clearly something you were wrong on, but this isn't the case. This would indeed be the best way for you to get more clients.

All this energy from the agent and the seller should be put towards fixing the problem. In the end, you're not going to hear from them again after she calms down. So it got you a good story, a great blog and fantastic Rain.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) almost 9 years ago

I would say the agent representing this seller is also a piece of work - kind of like the staircase.  It appears the agent has no control over the situation or the staircase wouldn't wobble,etc because it would already have been fixed.  Yes, the seller may have taken an unfair bite out of them for your description but passing it on to you just makes them look bad! I would rather not advertise in such situations that I have no control over a situation I choose to be a part of...

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 9 years ago

Total Denial ... those stairs are not even level!  I don't like the span myself and if three kids did jumping jacks on this contraption, the house of cards would be falling down fast! 

Kind of reminds me of the agent the other day who said there was a new roof on the two flat and I looked at him and asked him if he was willing to "hang his license on that statement" (while my buyer was standing right there!  He modified his statement immediately.

Why some people and agents will waste so much energy to not provide a safe and healthy home as it will get called up in the appraisal anyway.  You did your job and you put a smile on my face.

Posted by Barb Van Stensel almost 9 years ago

Thank you for making my day. LMAO :)

Thank you for the great post.

Brenda - The Housing Connection

Posted by Brenda Singeltary, Realtor (The Housing Connection) almost 9 years ago

Wow... not a danged thing left to add to this one!  Congrats on the Feature, and good work!

Posted by Victoria CB Trees, Principal Broker (Victoria CB Trees Real Estate Services) almost 9 years ago

Wonder if the staircase withstood the earthquake.

Posted by Larry Kaplan (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Desert Properties) almost 9 years ago

Reminds me of several cases where the inspector, the seller's agent, the buyer's agent....anyone, as a matter of fact, is more at fault than the seller.  How many times have we heard "but I bought it that way" (my response typically is "not with me!"), it's safe (their engineering degree was in the Cracker Jack box apparently) or but I built it sturdy.  Good laugh and lesson!

Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) almost 9 years ago

The first thing that I saw was the open risers and of course I tried to see if the hound was sleeping underneath.  This is a typical "entryway" for many mobile / manufactured homes all across the country.  I give you odds the guy was in the Navy.  He misses the open sea so he just built the stairs so when he steps out each morning, he can feel the movement under his legs.

Best to you.  Did Christian send you a copy of his report?  Just wondering....


Posted by Stephen Stanczyk, Home Inspector - Puyallup WA (Safe Haven Home Inspections) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jay--That was certainly an adventure in home inspection and it made me smile too.  I'm curious who the other agent will report you to???  Let us know how it all turns out.

Posted by Tamara Perlman (Referral Network Inc.) almost 9 years ago


Nowadays this is the price for been honest… It was great to share this with us, after all, we pay the price for those realtors who doesn’t care to do a good job. Congratulations on your “report” and all this feedback.


Posted by AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS, Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL (Keyes Co. ) almost 9 years ago

Your first responsibility in doing your reports is to point out the dangerous things - as dangerous things.

You are responsible to point out a lot of "undangerous" things, too.

You have absolutely no responsibility to point out "postive" things.


Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) almost 9 years ago

Little did the seller know that reporting you is exactly what you want him to do. I'd love to see the county come out and speak with him about it. I bet your name wouldn't even come up. Nice one.

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

For the sake of one's blood pressure:

It is always good to remember that current home conditions are pretty much by definition "acceptable" conditions to the owners who have been experiencing/living with them.

They are now being asked to bear the expense of correcting things to a standard they did not get to enjoy.  

That is never a positive thing for them.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) almost 9 years ago

They should hope that you don't report them to the local building department for having a safety issue.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

That was definitely worth a good laugh.  I always make sure only to describe what I see, not what might happen or what might have happened already due to what I see.


Posted by Cameron Novak, Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team (The Homefinding Center) almost 9 years ago

The staircase is also unpainted and is a section 2 termite hazard. ;-)

Posted by Cameron Novak, Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team (The Homefinding Center) almost 9 years ago

Better to upset a seller than the buyers who paid you for an honest assessment of the house! Plus the sellers should thank you for pointing out what could be a major liability for them.

Posted by Karen Sorensen (Lake and Company) almost 9 years ago

People are way too sensative sometimes!

Posted by Sean Williams, Your Louisville Realtor (AcklesWilliams of Semonin Realtors) almost 9 years ago
I laugh when I see things like that. How could it be anything but unsafe. Thats why you do inspections.
Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) almost 9 years ago

You're right, we don't laugh enough, especially in this business. Well, all I can say is I wouldn't chance walking on that so-called staircase unless I was very, very careful and moving very cautiously. It is for everyone's safety that it be on your report. Can't believe they got away with all these years. Can you imagine if you were having a picnic and had to go in and out the doors carrying food and beverages?! No thanks!

Posted by Lynn BEHLENDORF (HomeSmart Real Estate) almost 9 years ago
Being newer to the business I have learned one of my most important jobs is educating my buyers and sellers what to expect in the process. The listing agent should have already pointed that out to the seller. If the house is going FHA an appraiser would surely require that be fixed.
Posted by EliSabeth McDermot almost 9 years ago

Ha! Ha!  People and their reactions crack me up at times. Thanks for the post! 

Posted by Suzy Echols (Avenue Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

This post is a "step" in the right direction to educate those DIY'ers who think they know better! Well done Jay!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Lack of a  HANDRAIL and EARTH to WOOD contact immediately too.....Seller needs to call Dr. Phil!!!! LOL 

Posted by Paddy Deighan JD PhD, Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D (TimeshareLawyers.pro) almost 9 years ago

Where is that staircase taking you to anyway? isn't that a window?   

Posted by Efrain Bobadilla (Re/Max Golden Empire) almost 9 years ago

Jay-  We are all one step away from being reported in this day and age because the sellers are under such stress..

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Well, look on the bright side, at least there is a staircase! I am gessing this is not a main way of entrance to the house.... I have seen sliding glass door 3 ft of the ground with no stairs under them....!!!

Posted by Monique Ting, Your agent under the sun (INET Realty Honolulu, HI) almost 9 years ago

Hmm, did ego win the battle over common sense?
Though I'll think there may be a few other gems in the inspection report. If those are stairs, I'm not going to wager there were no other issues.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) almost 9 years ago

You are in the right no matter what anyone says.  If that was my seller I would have prepared them for the comment you would be making on the "staircase" and make plans to fix it.  I think the County should come out and fine that guy for an unsafe entrance/exit from the home.  Definitely teach hima lesson and leave hardworking people like you alone!

Posted by Carri Schoeller, Realtor ABR, e-PRO,Sarasota Luxury Real Estate (BEX Realty) almost 9 years ago

Love it Jay! I have been told I was being "reported" as well. This from a "Dr" who found my contact information and asked me to meet him at a vacant $1.9m listing. Only wanted to see one home, it was "the one" and he was paying cash, but I needed to meet him there and fast. In the end, the report was on him!

All sort of reminds me of the girl I just saw on television who was caught on video robbing the garden shop. On her way out of the store she stopped and filled out a contest entry. She pretty much "reported" herself!

Posted by Robin Sherman, Search Pensacola Homes, For Sale - Pensacola FL Neighborhoods (www.PensacolaForYou.com - Grand Points Realty) almost 9 years ago

How did the seller get your report?  Here we don't share the report, we share the information and what needs to be repaired.  If the seller want's a copy we let the attorney's handle it.  The seller usually never see's the inspection report, that's the buyers property.  I can't even get a copy unless my buyer authorizes' it

Posted by Virginia (Ginger) Schott, Assoc. Broker, CBR, CHMS (Cabins & Canoes) almost 9 years ago

LOL   I gues it's like they say "one man's trash is another man's treasure!

Posted by Shiela Heg, Broker-Owner - Find Homes in Southeastern WI (Lake to Lake Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago

Go get them Jay. The listing agent should have had them fix it to begin with.

Posted by David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation, Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential (Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC ) almost 9 years ago

First of all, great name. Second, why didn't they just take a big step UP into the home? May have been safer. Congrats on being reported!

Posted by Jay O'Brien, Kansas City : Social Media Guy (RE/MAX Revolution) almost 9 years ago
OMG that is too funny! Great post! It made my day.
Posted by Virginia OnullConnor, Realtor - Temecula, Anza, SoCal (Realtor®, Photographer, Artist) almost 9 years ago

From what I can tell, you might have gone a bit over the top... A simple disclosure that the staircase was not attached to the home, did not appear to meet code, and should be evaluated by a licensed professional would have done the same thing. But under the code of ethics, I do not see a violation... UNLESS you are the seller's agent... Then Article 1 might apply as "editorializing" would not be in your clinent's best interests.

Posted by Richard V. Foster, Esq., Broker (58356) - ABR/M, CREN, CRS, GRI, RRG, SFR (Nevada Perfect Homes) almost 9 years ago

243 comments!  I am a newbie, but I think that's the most I've seen so far! Why not one more! I knew I had to read this one this morning when I saw the headline, but didn't get around to it until now. Glad I did! funny!

Posted by Cari Dandy, Homes for Sale - Scottsdale AZ (Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty) almost 9 years ago


You are very mean. Why can't you just leave a roll of duct tape and the top step and write "review seller disclosures." I was reported last year for bringing historic permits to the home inspection. I am very mean also.


Posted by Joe Nernberg (AmeriSpec Inspection Services) almost 9 years ago

I think some chickens somewhere are missing their roost 

Posted by Michael Singh,Broker (Singh Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

All issues appear to be justified. Funny story, Jay. Check out these stairs on one that I sold last year!

Stairway for blog comment

Posted by Jeff Hollister, Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA (Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers) almost 9 years ago

Igoe - it never got that far!  I have done that before.

Mike - let me know to whom!

Michael - I don't understand it either.  But it was just a threat.

Lenny - that is the usual claim!  But not in this case.

Greg - that's a good way to look at it!

Scott - don't know!  And I did not know AR sent out emails about posts!

Karen Anne - hope you're better.  I usually get reported for being nice, or polite, or for caring about people!  It seems to be a well-liked post!

Jeff - thanks.  And I could use it!

Yvette - glad to contribute to your day!

Diane - I don't know, but I think the buyers just want it removed.  They want to do something with concrete.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Dave - when they do let me know!

Linda - they apparently dodged the accident bullet for a long time!

Donna - that seemed like a lot of wasted energy to me too.

Northeast - one at a time!  It's like eating an elephant.

Bay Vista - Harumphers is one of my favorite words!  A la Mel Brooks.

Steven - that's my goal.  I'm hoping to take a video!

Steve - if that ever happens to me in person, THAT is what I'm going to do!

Michelle - frustrations are running high, but on this, sheesh!

Ed - I hear when I turn 18 it goes away...

Ann - it would really have been an idiot move!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Maria - glad I did!  That's the intent of these posts!

Encinitas - for sure.  They dodged a bullet for a long time.

Doug - that was pretty much around the house!  Yes, I did.

Mark - move along people.  There's nothing to see here...

Hector - great idea!  We had one of those recently...     ;>)

Lois - I am sure nothing will.  But I'll let you know!

George - and that was years ago!  What's happened since?

Synergy - she told me about it!  The reports here always go to the other party.

David - there are side benefits!  Well, maybe I was a bit harsh...

Pamela - this was not very hard to find!  I guess I got paid too much.

Dean - glad to add to your day!

Steve - I am not sure too many adjectives could apply here!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Gretchen - that would go viral!  And I would get the big away on America's Favorite Videos!

Vearus - I just observe and report!  What happens to my analysis beyond that is beyond my control!

Mitch - if I had a dollar for every time I heard that, well...

Tara - it sure was audacious, with too many adjectives!

Doug - I think this was a tempest in a teapot.  The buyers really want to put in a concrete patio and concrete stairs, so this artwork will go away.

Ranji - of course I have to report safety issues!  That's a big deal to inspectors!

Debbie - the only stamp I put on it is my report!

Tim - steeeeeerike threeee!  You're outta there!

Harris - that's the way to go!  I think anyway.

Kim - would that I had that power!  Then I would have the opposite and MY garden would grow!

Renae - I was a little surprised by the hub bub!  There were other things too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Brian - this should have been handled by the seller's agent BEFORE the house went on the market!

Bill - I still hear that from potential clients!  It's amazing...

Eva - I will have to get a roll to keep in my bag!

Diane - he should have done that before the house went on the market!

Jeremy - it would have been better to have pulled them off the house before the listing!

Jan - this was last week before the earthquake!  Don't how how those stairs handled that!

Dominick - I think he wanted something to complain about!

Dave - THAT is the subject of my post today!

Annette - amazingly, that is what I said when I first saw the deck!

Ed - I know.  There were things I had in my report that didn't make the list here!

Mike - this was resolved pretty quickly I think, but it should never have been an issue!

Carolyn - wow!  Well, this guy howled!

April - or watched on TV how to do it and became fully licensed!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

you gotta call em like you see em!  that can't be the first time someone told the seller about the staircase, as a matter of fact the listing agent should have mentioned it at the time of listing as it is clearly sub standard to even an amateur's eye

Posted by Jason Burkholder, Associate Broker, Realtor, e-Pro, CMS (Weichert, Realtors - Welcome Home) almost 9 years ago

One has to wonder what goes through the minds of folks when they lash out over such matters! Geesh!

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jay - That's a funny story, but it is amazing the types of things people will object to.  I also like the threat of "I'm going to report you!"  Unbelievable.

Posted by Brad Baylor (ERA Coup Agency) almost 9 years ago

Hi, Jay!  Love starting the day with a laugh...your post did that for me today.  Many thanks.  Let us all know when the ticket sales for  the "fattest" doing the hula hoop on the stairs.  Put me down for at least a dozen!  Again, thanks! 

Posted by Rosalie Frankel (Dominion Real Estate Partners) almost 9 years ago
Amazing....some people always need to look outwards for someone to blame!
Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 9 years ago

Bust again, for doing your job.  If they were the buyer, they'd use your report to beat up the seller.  Seems this is a good look into the sellers mind.  (Like a buyer wouldn't see that on their own).


Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) almost 9 years ago

Jay that is funny.  I guess if you don't piss someone off on occasion you are not doing a good job.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Thomas Haught

YIKES!! Unbelievable the gall some people have.  I could see several problems with the staircase right off the bat and I am in NO WAY an expert on such matters.

Posted by Thomas Haught (The Russell Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

Love your post!  I want to be there when they all show up after you've been reported!  I've seen more than my share of these lovely type steps, as have other agents.  Glad you "editorialized" and warned the buyers about something that should be obvious to the seller!  Thanks for sharing your humor and wisdom Jay!

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) almost 9 years ago

I realize that I am a late poster as I read this earlier but could not comment at the time.  I must say that I enjoyed the article and am somewhat taken back by a few of the comments made to you here.

I think you were right...you did your job right...you are correct in every aspect.  My question is...why on earth did the listing agent not prepare the seller for this eventual inspection red flag. I did not read all the responses so maybe they did.

If I was the buyer I would be scared of other updates simply because of this reason.  If a seller or listing agent lacks the very basic instinct of not walking on a safe structure...well, I could go on and on.

By the way...good luck on the revenue stream...quake  inspections. 

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 9 years ago

Ken - the buyers hired me to do a home inspection.  I found this during the inspection!

I'm glad it did Tina.  I hope to have more of these very fun experiences!

Donna - he would not have much fun with this one!  In the end it would have cost him dearly.

Harrison - I wouldn't do it any other way!  Of course it gets reported!

Dennis - it is!  And I do!  But this wasn't going to go far.

I'm glad Jeff!  Stop by again.

And thank you Amy!  I call them as I see them!

Erick - I think it does, but doesn't it go away when I turn 18?

Marte - our morning news wasn't!  Earthquake and then a hurricane!

Mark - hadn't looked at it that way!  Thanks for the perspective!

Michael - I think the hula dance would be the best test.  Just sayin'...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Kate - only if your day job is poetess!  That was good!  You be Nana!

Jackie - I could probably make some big bucks with tickets to that little party!

I agree Wende!  Just do the right thing.

Doreen - I am accused of that!  This inspector has too much fun...

Terry - it brings out the best and the worst!

Eugene - I have no choice but to report it!  And any adjective I choose would be appropriate in this case.

Lisa - that was what I said to everyone from the start!

Gayle - it is important to paint a visual image!

There sure is Anne!  And this little arrangement didn't meet any of them!

Ric - I have heard that is really hard to fix.  Maybe we should just ask them all to leave.

Thanks Jan.  And if I was in AZ I would work with you too!

Karen - well, what would it hurt!  He couldn't be any madder, for sure!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Katie!  I am shocking when I do what I'm supposed to do...

Jim - I think those posts were sunk about 4"!  Given another month or so I could have made it right!  This would make a GREAT episode!  Especially if we could pull off the hula dance.

Robert - I know, not everything on the report made it into the blog!

Monica - everything is a right these days!  I'm glad they didn't go there too!

Kent - I didn't expect this to really go very far.

Sharon - it is true, they lived with these stairs for a long time.

Beverly - for sure their energy would be better spent elsewhere!  I am not the problem!

Beverly F. - this should never have been seen by a home inspector, you are right.

Barb - glad to do it!  It's going to be a safer home now.

Brenda - you may stop by anytime!  I have a lot of fun!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Victoria!  A complete post?

Larry - an interesting question!  One day I will stop back!

Chris - ha!  I hear that all the time.  We bought it that way...

Hey Steve!  Yes, he did.  LOVED that offset post in the crawl space!  I sent that photo to an engineer friend of mine and he put it on his website!  That deck was a piece of work too.  I tried to stay out of the commenting arena on that one.  Left it up to you!  Looked like a pretty good inspection to me!

Didn't ask if the guy is Navy!  You might be right!

Tamara - I don't think this one will go any further.

Andrea - I am not an alarmist, but not a sugar coater either!

Jim - yet I do!  But when it is dangerous, a spade needs to be called a spade.

Nathan - had it gone there, I would have wanted to be present!

Jim - I am amazed at how people go about fixing up their houses to sell them and then someone else enjoys all that work!

Rob - had it gone there I would have!

Cameron - it's pressure treated so they won't bother it for a while.  But glad to provide you a good laugh!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Karen - this didn't upset the buyer at all!  It was pretty obvious after all...

Sean - he needed something to vent about.

Bill - you are right there!  But unsafe is unsafe and needs to be identified.

Lynn - those stairs were an accident waiting to happen.  They are a problem!

You are right Elizabeth.  That should have been taken care of before the inspection.

Suzy - glad you enjoyed it and please stop by often!

Thanks Craig.  They may have seen this wonderful design on TV for all I know.

Paddy - a few hours on the couch and this staircase could be as good as new.

Efrain - it's a sliding glass door, to the kitchen!

Dagny - so when's your next post?  Let's hear about it!

Monique - not the main entrance, but to the kitchen!

Claude - there were a lot of things, good and bad!  That's the typical inspection!

Carri - I am pretty sure he doesn't want the county showing up.

Robin - good you were able to see through that one!  That's scary.  And the thief is super dumb!

Ginger - here the report is shared with all parties.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Lake to Lake - this was no treasure to the buyers!  For sure.

David - that's what I said from the start.

Thanks Jay!  That surely would have been the safer step!

Great Virginia!  Glad to do it!

Richard - adjectives do not an editorial make!  I surely was no violation!

Cari - it is my record too, I think.  People sure enjoyed it!

Joe - duct tape was the only thing missing! 

Michael - that is just about the crux of it!  All those things were good for.

Another classic Jeff!  Looks like something Mr. Bean would build!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jason - I said that from the start.  This should not have been seen by an inspector.

Mike - they have to lash out at something and I was very convenient.

Brad - it was pretty hollow.  I really wasn't worried.

Rosalie - I thought that image would stick with folks!

Debra - where else should they look!?

Mike - I don't think anyone beat up anyone, but they buyers did very well.

Gene - like with everything, you can't make everyone happy!

Thomas - some things are obvious to any novice!  I would think also to some sellers!

Roberta - thank you.  And if you come, bring a hula hoop.

Mike - the earthquake scared a few, but not many!  Thanks for your kind comments too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

When someone points the finger ( or yells and screams loudly).  I immediately see GUILTY!

Even for myself if I am POINTING THE FINGER OF BLAME.....I look at the other end of that finger and note that there are 3 of those fingers pointing in reverse of the one pointing.  Three trumps one!

You did the right thing!  Don't ever let anyone stop you from being righteous (but pretty sure you've got that covered).  Joy

Posted by Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team, Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise! (Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team) almost 9 years ago

GREAT POST JAY!  I read this late last night and did not get a chance to respond.  It was absolutely HILARIOUS!  Thanks for sharing your story!  It was really a GREAT READ!

Posted by Lisa Dunham, Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate almost 9 years ago


I think your words are wayyyyy to kind!  This must be with a conventional loan!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) almost 9 years ago

I think you should suggest he write it up for the local newspaper and see what he does!! The local building inspector is liable to read about it and possibly cite him for building without a permit and not building to code! Opps.

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) almost 9 years ago

Joy - when we point at others, three fingers are pointing back!  I say that to my kids anyway.

Glad you enjoyed it Lisa.  Stop by anytime!

Kathy - I don't know.  But I think the buyers are ripping them out in favor of concrete stairs.

Gerard - I am pretty sure he doesn't want the county anywhere near those stairs!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Its good think you didnt find anything else really serious.  If the seller was that bent out of shape about stairs, just imagine if there were a lot of other issues.

Posted by Rodney Mason, VP of Mortgage Lending - AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN (Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611) almost 9 years ago

I did find other serious things Rodney!  But they weren't as "marginal" as these stairs and not complained about!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

wow Jay.  What is even crazier is how much time and money is this costing everyone.  vs maybe do the four wooden steps correctly.  Good Luck and keep us entertained, ahhhh I mean updated. 

Posted by David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com (www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending) almost 9 years ago

When you find out who the Head Report person is...let US know...the buyer's agent just had an electrician come for an "emergency inspection" after getting the inspectors report...sooooo many violations, safety standards tossed aside...the buyer may want out and the clock is running on the inspection contingency......and the rest of the story is that the seller is a licensed electrician...........urgh

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 9 years ago

Dear Jay,

Just keep doing your job well, as you obviously are. Some people cannot deal with reality, but I find it much easier, regardless how difficult and most my clients feel the same after giving it some thought for a moment.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) almost 9 years ago

Jay, the seller's agent shoulda known better than to interfere with inspection results, period. If the agent continues to harrass you, bring it up to his/her broker first - who should appreciate you bringing it to their attention. If that doesn't work, I'm sure the local Realtor association would frown on this type of behavior. The seller's agent oughta be thanking you for making her job easier...now she has ammunition to get her client to bring those stairs into compliance. What a neanderthal!

Posted by Eric Robbins (New Rulez Marketing, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Dave - this was a lot of energy for little benefit!

S&D - cobbler's kids syndrome?  It's all repairable though!

Dorte - this was a pretty fun experience!  It may never happen again though.

Eric - I agree about the last words!  But I didn't expect this to go very far and it didn't.  Just bluster.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Dear Jay -
The issue is not the stairs but personal responsibility. The Seller can report anything he wants but that won't solve the danger there. The Seller should have fixed the danger spots BEFORE he put the house up for sale. In fact, I bet it would be funny to hear the Seller try to explain to the Judge why you are at fault! 
Have a happy day,

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Lynn.  That's why I laughed.  It wasn't out of arrogance or anything, just the silliness of it all.  Report me?  To whom?  And I really want to be present!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jay - Guess someone needs something more to do with their time.

Posted by Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) almost 9 years ago

Carla - it seems they got over it real quick, but what a waste of time all that was!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Uh, Uh, Uh...    




Posted by Mark Geis (Coldwell Banker, Mulleady, Inc. Realtors) almost 9 years ago

That's what I thought at the beginning of the phone call Mark!  Then I started laughing...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

The seller should say to himself, wow if  I repair this asap, I might have a sell.  Also buyers usually think if this is in such bad shape, what else is.  He got defensive for nothing. 

Posted by Shannon Thomas, Managing Broker, E-Pro, ABR,SRS, SFR (Selling Indy Metro, LLC) almost 9 years ago
Shannon - there were a few other things on this house! For the seller to focus on this was a bit odd. But I thought it was a bunch of bluster and it seems to have been!
Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

So, were you ever reported? Those stairs look like the moment someone walks on them the person will go flying into the wall. :)

Posted by Pam Graham, Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties (All Real Estate Options) over 8 years ago

No Pam.  Who would they report me to?!  They were just trying to intimidate me.  Didn't work.

Got a hula hoop though, should we need one?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago


Looks fairly similar to another staircase that we both saw pretty recently!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 8 years ago

Remember it well Brian!  Blogged about it also.  Loooove staircases!  Bummer I didn't have any hula hoops for our inspection.  I should keep a stock of them.

Interesting, your phone call yesterday.  Right after it was a phone call from the daughter of a previous client for whom I also indicated had CSST gas tubing.  This daughter's house was struck by lightening 2 days later!  I have an inspection this morning to examine the repairs done to the house (pre-drywall).  I am VERY interested to see this!  I will probably follow this was a blog also.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

that looks so unsafe! What are you being reported for? Being honest?

Posted by Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent, Bringing you Home! (Professional Realty Services® International ) over 8 years ago

Oh, they flew off the handle Liane with an immediate thought to "report" me.  To whom?  Who knows!  But no, it never happened.  I was really hoping they would though!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Jay, great post and I hope all went well in the end.  Some people are amazing.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 8 years ago

Thanks Bob.  The end is that nothing happened.  What could they have done to me really?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Oh it couid be worse. I thought the title said you were being deported!

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) almost 8 years ago

I wasn't born in any state Wayne.  I was born in Washington DC.  They would have to deport me back to there.


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

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