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Caulking, The Universal Plumbing Repair

What to say when you find that caulking, the universal plumbing repair, was used to fix plastic CPVC plumbing?

Entering the REO the agent said to my clients and me that the bank will do nothing more to repair the house?

I asked, "Nothing more?"

"Yes, there were many plumbing problems and the bank already sent someone to fix them," she responded.

I got that "home inspector tingle" so many inspectors understand and even write about!

And I wasn't disappointed!!

My "Spider Sense" was right again.

This little gem of a repair was over the water heater.

The "repair" guy obviously knew he was dealing with plastic plumbing.

The "repair" guy obviously did not know how to repair this leak.

The "repair" guy thought it would need something that works on plastic.

The "repair" guy needed silicone caulking for another bathroom, I found later.

The "repair" guy knew that silicone caulking, the universal repair, works on anything.  (Note:  not so if you read the label.  Key word -- read)

The "repair" guy thought that might just work here too!

The "repair" guy turned off the water.  Well, we don't want any pressure behind that caulk while it dries!

The "repair" guy "repaired" the leak!

The "repair" guy left the water main off, so all his "repairs" could dry.

The "repair" guy left this little "repair" job as you see it.

I say 'all his repairs' because there was a similar repair on a supply valve handle under a bath sink, two bath sink traps, where the dishwasher drain tube enters the disposal and around the kitchen sink faucet.  All these locations began leaking as well as soon as the water main was turned on by the home inspector.

You can see that this location had been leaking for some time.

The black iron gas tubing to the water heater was rusty directly under where the dripping was occurring. 

Judging from the previous floor stains showing a rivulet to a nearby floor drain, this was left to drip for some time by the previous owners.

And yes, that gas valve is on the wrong side of the sediment trap, just peaking into the photo on the left!

So, despite the bank's BEST EFFORT to repair the plumbing leaks, not a single one was!

WHAT DO YOU BET I RUN INTO THIS "REPAIR GUY" AGAIN!?

My recommendation:  when the bank says something has been repaired, be sure to check it out.  The bank is not present to follow up on repairs.  Don't assume that the bank's listing agent has followed up on the repairs either.  Rely instead on a home inspector to tell you what is and what is not repaired!  Your client will appreciate knowing that on move-in day!

OH, CAULKING IS NOT, NOT, NOT A UNIVERSAL PLUMBING REPAIR!  LOOK AT ME - THAT BULGE IN MY CHEEK IS MY TONGUE.


 

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 84 commentsJay Markanich • October 13 2011 04:43AM

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Jay: Some contractors and "repair guys" who do work on REOs are absolutely unbelievable. Some mistakes you can see immediately, some you need a great home inspector for. Great post, love the photos!

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Anne - silicone caulking tubes tell you what and what NOT to use the silicone for.  But, as I said, you have to actually read the label...

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

You know Jay, there are ways to stop that gene pool from spreading. I have seen plenty of THOSE types of repairs in my day...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) almost 9 years ago
good morning Jay; not exactly "homes on homes", sad but true.
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

Sounds official Michael!  How do you recommend stopping it?

And, please explain, why would you?  Then what are we going to do?  Not all of us are videophiles.

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

Yes, but I found so many, this "repair" guy was at least consistent Ken!

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

Jay - I have to say, I haven't heard of many banks doing ANY repairs on REO's at all, so while this effort is not up to par, at least there was someone realizing there was at least an issue. 

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) almost 9 years ago

REO does not mean Repaired Exactly On Spot...

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

Carol - I think the listing agent told them in a panic there were "many" plumbing repairs and in order to prevent unknown damage they rolled and had them fixed.  I am hearing of some fixes here and there to prevent untold damages that would totally prevent a sale.

S&D - you should send that to the banks!  Let them bank on it! 

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

Jay, You'd have thought he'd have just used duct tape instead, or maybe to supplement the caulk! :)

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

Oy Vey, Jay.  what a disaster.  And to think that guy got paid for that job.  I'm always curious to know what happens w/ these - if customer s able to negotiate or if they walk.

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

Bliz - he should have used "Handyman In A Can!"

Debbie - I bet he was paid well over four figures for this "job."  I'd have done it for a hundred or so under that!

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

Looks like someone needs to repair the repair guy

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 9 years ago

Jay, I'll never look at silicone the same way again! My dad always taught me that if you're going to take the time to do something, then do it right. I guess he was in the minority on that one.

Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) almost 9 years ago

What a huge waste of time, and perfectly good silicone caulk.

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

I agree James!  Not, um, best practice?

Michael - a definite minority.  But don't minorities have rights the majority doesn't have?

Reubs - you know why he bought that tube?  To repair gaps around a couple of ceramic tiles in the shower stall wall.  No kidding...  What do you want to be it didn't have a fungicide?

Silicone, the universal caulk!

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

Good morning Jay,

The "Repair Guy" must have a side business here in Dallas, I have run into his "repairs" here too! (LOL)  Just more proof that caulk and duct tape don't fix everything!

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

Are you sure Lisa?  And here all this time, I thought...

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

I would venture to guess the bank, as banks seem to do, looked for the "repair guy" who services were the most affordable.

Lately I have been tingling a lot. Do you suppose I should see a doctor ;)

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 9 years ago

No doubt Jim, and/or the recommendation from the listing agent as to who is the cheapest.

Maybe this guy is "their" guy!

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

Jay , you stole my thunder. Can you see the invoices that this guy submits to the bank.

I wish I could read some of them. I'm sure on a restless night they would be a great read...........fairytales usually are.

Enjoy the day sir

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Jay,

Love the caulk. Goes on just before the duct tape and right after the baling wire. Heck it just is a little leak. No biggy right?

 

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

I just did a similar inspection (REO, Water off). The former tenant 'repaired' the kitchen sink drain. He didn't use caulk. He used electrical tape and 'plumbers' tape. Miles of it. To no avail.

And he completely reversed the slope of the drain.

reversed drain slope

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 9 years ago

Man that "repair guy" sure gets around---been here too.

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

I learn so much from every post you write!  I have seen that plumber's work in Dallas, as well!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 9 years ago

I would avoid the word "bulge" - smile.  I was temted to write something crude but then somebody would not get my humor.

I WISH caulking could fix stupid! We'd finaly be rid if a world class people dilemma.

Thanks for sharing.

Lol to Charles' witty comment.

Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) almost 9 years ago

I bet Don!  That guy totally ripped off the bank, and might even think he did a good job!

And call me any time at nite-nite and I will tell you a nice story.

No leak Don H., so long as the water isn't turned on!  Ha!  They should have used Handyman In A Can!

Robert - that is a clean job!  I am inclined pretty much the same way...  and toward your comment!

Duckster - I bet!  Those plane tickets must really add up.

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

Sharon - I would feel bad for him if you didn't!  Again, he gets around!

Cathy - I was saying that my post title was tongue in cheek!  As to fixing stupid, insert tube into ear, squeeze until empty.  Repeat on opposite side.

I'm with you, I wish...

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

Water has a funny way of finding any opening and has the potential to do massive wood damage if not repaired properly.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) almost 9 years ago

Lloyd - it needs only a billionth of an inch to get in!  Or out!

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

Jay, having your home inspector accompany you to an after repair inspection is a wise investment.

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

Jay -- Let's see:  I can't use the duct tape, electrical tape, or silicon caulking to solve all my house problems, is my Gorilla (and-or miracle) glue going to be able to take up all that slack?

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 9 years ago

Excellent blog Jay. Bank can not be accountable for what is fixed because there is no one at bank you can hold them responsible for. The Bank is not moving into that house with the broken plumbing, take matter into your own hands and ensure the work is done correctly is the key.

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

Always a good idea Chris.  In this case there was a lot to follow up on!

Gorilla glue is water proof, Steven, but not good for sealing leaks!  I'd try it though, just to make sure...

The bank got taken on this one Eileen.  They didn't know.  I'm sure they paid the bill in good faith.

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

Oh my, Jay.  Every home repair guy knows you can only use duct tape on a problem like that.  Jeeze!

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

I'm with you Mike, and don't know what this guy was thinking!

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

Jay -- thanks for the post and it is important to make sure that the repairs have been made and that they are adequate to correct the problem.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 9 years ago

That's right Joan, and when there are multiple repairs they should all correct the problem intended!

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

I love your photos Jay, they bring out the excellence in workmanship. So all of the repairs stopped leaking when the main water line was shut off - got it! Always go to pick up some home improvement tips by the repair guys.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 9 years ago

Great post, Jay!  Even I knew this one!  It's amazing what they will try to get away with!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 9 years ago

Jay,

Even I know not to use caulking on leaks.  I am a fan of plumber's putty, for everything duct tape doesn't fix. 

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) almost 9 years ago
When comes to REO's I would be triple suspicious of what the bank has done. I've seen some 'interesting' people working on REO's who are not licensed in Hawaii.
Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Tom - I have to say, that solution is a 100%er!  Give it a try.

DeeDee - apparently this very-experienced, and probably very high-priced "repair guy" did not know!

And be sure to use enough Marge!  Try this:   http://activerain.com/blogsview/1577379/put-yer-putty-

Janet - they must hire who the locals tell them to hire.  Probably a bit of family helping other family involved there.

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

In the banks finer wisdom to save money the end up spending more. Hiring a national preservation company whoch takes a piece of the pie and hores a contractor to fix the problem at less than market rate you get less than quaility work. My preference is when the banks allow the listing agent to use a local contractor from the start, you get quaility work at a better price done right the first time. the bank could actually save money by eliminating these national companies

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

It woulda worked if he had followed up with the blow torch to "set" the caulk. But no, he clearly didn't read the directions.

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

It was fun reading the post, and then all the supporting comments. Lastly it's true that the banks aren't willing to pay a living wage for real pros to handle these jobs so they get what they pay for, which isn't anything on which a buyer should rely. A Few good laughs ... thanks everyone.

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) almost 9 years ago

Jay, I love reading your posts and have just subscribed to them. You've given me fodder for many posts for our website. Love you wit and graphics as well. Keep up the good work.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) almost 9 years ago

He forgot the finishing touch that would have made it foolproof, duct tape! ;)

Posted by The Derrick Team - Indy Metro Realtors, Your Pet Friendly Realtors (Carpenter Realtors) almost 9 years ago

I have seen some pretty bad caulking jobs but that one takes the cake.  I haven't seen caulk used in that fashion either.  Very strange.  I wonder if the "repairs" will hold when the H20 is turned back on.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) almost 9 years ago

Jay, this poor repair man was ignorant of the utility of put yer putty and duct tape.  It isn't necessary to go look for the water shut-off, armed with these wonder products.  Caulk is just tacky.

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) almost 9 years ago

Jay - How about duct tape?  That works on everything doesn't it?

Seriously, this is why it's so important to have an inspector look at the property.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 9 years ago

you did point out the great truth ......great post

thanks so much for sharing

Posted by Jimmy Phan, Phan real estate group in hickory (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY IN MOORESVILLES, NC) almost 9 years ago

Geeze! and all this time I though it was duct tape!  Now I'm going to need to carry two things to make repairs.

Posted by Dana Bostick (True Professionals, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I think you ought to find out who repaired it and get a copy of those repair bills.  When it fails you know who to blame.

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

Looks like an accident waiting to happen with the caulking.

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

You make a good point Scott.  And jobs like this are a total waste of money and time.

That works Tim.  And on softer caulks, just a candle will also work...

Glad you enjoyed it Tina!  And you do get what you pay for.

Thanks John.  Glad to be your fodder finder.

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

Derrick Team - that does have a nice finish effect, and hides the rough caulking.  And there are so many colors now!

Justin - no, they need a plumber to return prior to occupancy to correct all this, um, this, um, gee, what word to use...?

Marge - I for one am shocked he is not familiar with Billy Jays' products!

Christine - inspect every time!  And as to the tape, only if they use an appropriate color.

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

Jimmy - for sure there is a great truth here - pay attention to the Golden Rule!  Thanks for the reblog!

Dana - your bag should be full of the best stuff.  Consult some Billy Jays posts!

Gene - it all already failed during the home inspection!  That's why I left the water valve turned off when we left.

James - it has apparently been happening, and when we tested it things happened more!

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

It's hard to say what kind of adapter/connector is under all that glop but the irony is doing it right probably wouldn't have been all that difficult or expensive.  I've worked part time for several years at a Home Depot in the plumbing aisle. I'm not surprised that a lot of "civilians" don't have any idea how some of the basic systems in their homes work, but this guy is no handyman or plumber and billing somebody for this work borders on fraud...maybe he's the banker.

Posted by Jay Zenner (Springtree Realty) almost 9 years ago

Jay...The photos explains it all. Thanks.

 

 

Jerry Gray CRB,CRS,GRI,SFR / Allen Tate Realtors / Winston Salem, NC / 336-918-2433

Posted by Jerry Gray, Serving the Triad Since 1980 (Wilkinson ERA Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Jay - the plastic and metal marry pretty easily.  He could have looked at the other side to see one properly done.  This just shows how unprofessional he really is.

Jerry - yes, and thanks!  It pays to document these things with photos.

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

Jay: Caulking is also good to repair a roof leak from in the attic! Honest! I've seen it done!

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

Yeah, Steve, so have I.  And it's especially effective when seen from the inside.

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

Jay, how do these people get these jobs?  You gotta know they have trouble keeping one...

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

Who knows Beverly!  All I know is he had no idea what he was doing.

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

Good evening Jay. Nothing would surprise me when it comes to the crews REO companies send out. I usually am guaranteed a laugh during the showing.

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

I'm wondering why he didn't use duct tape also? Thanks for the gorgeous photos! LOL!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

And the tickets are cheap Randy!  Obtainable all over town.

Lori - maybe because the most desireable colors weren't available?

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

Half the time they use repair guys that don't have a clue to fix anything! I just had a similar circumstance with repairs & to me it's just FRAUD on their part.  It's not repaired but they charged for it.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 9 years ago

In most cases Lyn that's the value of being a licensed contractor albeit as an expert witness and Industry Expert for the California for over 15 years I can't tell you how many times I've seen licensed contractors botch a job. The good thing there, however, California requries a bond so there is some recourse vs none when working with an unlicensed dingbat.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) almost 9 years ago

We live in some pretty amazing times, I would NEVER, did I say NEVER, buy a house without my professional inspector inspecting before we cut the deal.  I will not let a buyer buy a house without an inspection or signing a waiver that says I told them so!!!!

Posted by Mary Macy, Top Agents Atlanta Metro (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) almost 9 years ago

Repair guys should come with Warnings

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

What a log jam!  Dang...  And reading the comments were kind of funny with this post!  :)  I have to say that I am glad we have people like you to make sense of all this!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) almost 9 years ago

Lyn - and would say it was fine when they left it.  You are right, I think this job, and maybe lot of such jobs done for banks, was a fraud.

John - agreed, and this guy WAS a dingbat!

Mary - diagnosis takes some time!  Good thing they decided to get an inspection this time.

Michael - sure, if people even think that far ahead!

Chris - some of them were funny, and what makes them funny is that so many people think that caulking, duct tape, electrical tape and the like ARE repair products!  And for sure, don't use duct tape unless you can get the designer color you want.

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

Hi Jay.  Thanks.  Now when duct tape won't get it done I have another tool! lol

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 9 years ago

Don't discount it completely, Bob - remember, there are designer colors now.

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

and to think, I always looked for the exess teflon tape as evidence of a repair!!!

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

Paddy - HA!  Sloppy tape is a good indicator!  Sometimes I see the Teflon tape sticking out the bottom, but I can't tell if it's too much!  It sure is sloppy work though! 

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

Wow, pretty scary.  Save a dollar and hire a handyman for what a licensed plumber should be doing.  No offense against handymen, but some are more "handy" than others with real knowledge, training and experience.  

Posted by Dale Shin, Broker Associate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

That's right Dale, this is NOT to bash handy men or any contractor.  This is about doing schmuck work and billing a party for it that has no idea how well or poorly the job is done!

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

Jay, Typically the asset manager has a "relationship" with the contractor.....ie ~ its his wife's unemployed brother. Since the asset manager is billing the banks for all of the work and the banks are paying it blindly, the brother (now a "contractor") can charge $400 to rekey a house, $500 to winterize, $1500 basic clean-out fee, $750 to caulk some pipes, etc etc.  There is no competitve bidding, and the banks dont care about a few thousand here or there. They dont care about the property. Why would they?

They wont take a legit short sale contract in January, but they will foreclose in February and list the property in September for many TENS OF THOUSANDS LESS than the sale contract, after the property sat vacant for 8 months. 

Like anyone at the bank cares that the "work" is being done with caulk and duct tape?  Not likely.

 

 

 

Posted by Jayson Holland, Jay Holland (Listings.com) almost 9 years ago

Jayson - that is one BEEERTIFUL job it is!  You are right of course.  The bank finds someone they can "trust" and then after that relationship is developed they stick with him, perhaps not knowing what is really going on, as you say!

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

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego.

Posted by Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hey Paul. You found an oldie but a goodie!  Glad you did, and stop by anytime!

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

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