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What If The Home Features Listed Were Right ... And Wrong?

When features lists are left on the kitchen counter, my clients like to review them.  Sometimes things that are left in the house actually convey.  But, what if the home features listed were right ... and wrong?


"Water view"

Since there is no water feature in the neighborhood, is this what they meant?

 

 

"Upgraded electric system"

Yes, in the 60s, adding a Federal Pacific Stab-lok box.  The amperage did not change.

 



"No evidence of previous flooding"

OK...





"Solid wood construction"

Except for the areas riddled with termites.




"Classic, old-world plumbing"

With a few additions here and there.  And the drain lines backed up onto the basement floor ... see photo above!



"Modern electronics convey"

So maybe this doesn't?






"Upgraded lighting"

Perhaps, in 1966.




"Built-in decor"

True, all true.

But where will they put the moose head?


 

 

 

 


"Built-in grill"

It's a beaut!  And the chimney had no problems!

OK, maybe the chimney had some really serious problems...

My recommendation:  when you see a feature list, check it out!  It might be a lot of fun!  Even when it's true.

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 24 commentsJay Markanich • September 23 2011 06:35AM

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Great photos Jay and a good chuckle to start the day.

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

Jay, I've gone into homes you could see through the floor into the basement and the description was 'move in ready'...i like the grill in the home!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

It sounds like it is the description of a different house or when the house was previously listed many years ago. !!!

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 7 years ago

That was pretty funny Rene.  I see features lists all the time, and this one ranks with the best!

Ginny - I don't remember seeing a grill inside the home!  Must have been a big feature in the 50s!

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

Hi Jay,

The "federal pacific box", then the chimney would be of great concern with me. Just to start.

When you mentioned a view of the water I thought "what a water leak".

I guess I was right on this one.

Great job on this inspection. Only makes you want to dig deeper.

Have a great day,

Best, Clint Mckie

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

Gita - this was pretty funny.  I don't know, you might be right!

Clint - I always mention the boxes and give them a link on the report so they can read their own info.  But I lived in a house with one for 13 years without problems, and we have many whole, 40-year-old, neighborhoods around here with those things and not a single problem.  But, despite personal or local experience, we gotta mention it, right?

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

Good morning Jay, I just showed a house with a built in grill yesterday! It was actually built in a way that would work in theory, but only an inspection would tell. I thought it looked very cool, LOL. Went with the red sink, which by the way, were it me, I would keep.

Those are some very cool features you got going on there...

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

I assume this was popular stuff in the 50s Andrea, but not so much now and this one's chimney was a mess!

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

Jay: As agents we need to entice buyers and their agents without misleading or raising hopes. Sarcasm does not come through an MLS post.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay. I did like the upgraded electric. Oye Veh!!! Have I seen a rat's nests that look like that before...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) almost 7 years ago

Anne - I wonder if they thought this was accurate information in the features list!

Michael - but it is perfectly correct!  What else could they say?

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

Now you're getting into our world Jay... and yes, to use a phrase, the carpets don't always match the curtains.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

For sure Rich, and what fun!

Are they supposed to match?

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

We have a lot of houses in Colorado Springs that advertise a view of Pikes Peak. But it is a marginal view and only in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees.

Posted by David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation, Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential (Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC ) almost 7 years ago

Jay, I can remember the puffing used in Real Estate advertising in the 1980's... this is "puffing" to the extreme

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

Jay - great photos to go with the explanations.   Not sure how one is supposed to use the whole grill - as it looks to be over 2' from front to back - and you have to reach over the entire length (if the chimney were working properly.)  Re: Electrical -- you mean when one adds that many extra boxes one should raise the total amperage for the house?

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

David - but, hey, it's there!  You mean people stretch things out there too?

Chris - puffery appears in many contexts - ads, genealogy, resumes - you name it!

Steven - properly done amperage should always be increased as over the years electrical usage increases.  They didn't in this case.  But to "upgrade" to a FPE box is very interesting!

That grill was very interesting.  Certainly a dinosaur from a different era!

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

Jay, I like the upgraded lighting and modern electronics. And, I had a rental listing recently that did have an indoor brick grill in the kitchen. The owner was quite proud of it!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) almost 7 years ago

Good evening Jay. It's all about perception. lol. Love the updated electric. Yikes!

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) almost 7 years ago

John - all those upgrades, it was hard to ignore them!  Interesting, they had similar lights in nearly every corner!

Randy - the electric was frightful but had been there for 40 years, so it had been done properly!

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

I see you showcased all my listings Jay. Thanks a lot.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 7 years ago

Steve - ha!  Believe it or not, this is ONE house!  And it's in Kensington MD, so you may not be the listing agent.  Wait, I remember the sign.  You WEREN'T the listing agent!

But you've seen a few of these I imagine!

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

That grill looks like a fireplace I found in a home a few years ago. Yep no problem there. Love the TV, but no foil on the antennae. You ned foil so you can get more stations.

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

There was no problem with it, per se Jim, but it had not been used in 40 years!

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

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