Walking around this house I saw what looked like a little child growing on the side of it.
The poor little fellow had so many birth defects I took pity.
It makes me angry when it is obvious parents don't care enough when creating a new one.
Eating and drinking properly, taking vitamin supplements, taking financial responsibility and exercising a little during construction is very important.
And then, using the right materials, properly placed, with planned forethought, dressing the child once born with the best stuff one can buy is the next phase of parental responsibility. Fancy stores don't matter as much as quality and matching ensembles.
Now, just looking at this little one, you probably can't see that the walls are not plumb; no gutter can be installed because there are three pieces of haphazardly-placed wood there so rain drips on your head as you go in the door; there is no flashing between the shingles and main house and in fact a rather large hole there; the stairs bounce; the rail wobbles; there is no siding on the back side; the door isn't level; the door is unpainted; the door's thresh hold has no support, leaning from right to left, and there is a hole without anything covering it under the front door. Well, I take that back - there is plastic siding tape.
Inside the child's floor bounced, its walls are ugly, there is no heating or air conditioning and the ceiling is only 6 1/2 feet high! It only has two receptacles for any power - one that is on the main house, probably pre-existing this child's life, and the other wired directly from the outdoor light near the rear door 30' away! That cable goes in this child's side wall.
That isn't all (yikes!), but you get the idea - this poor child is just another problem child foisted on society.
Certainly these parents want society to take care of this child, from the cradle to the grave.
But what bothered me most was that after these parents abandoned this house, and child, leaving behind, one might say, their agreed-to responsibility, this lonely and inadequately-created child was obviously left without much support.
If this child support was a four-legged chair, three of the four legs were too short and not founded well.
Nobody thought this child support out.
In my mind, not only was the support illegal in its conception and materials used, but this child is an utter danger to society.
Quickly glancing and you might miss it!
In case you cannot see what I'm referring to, here is a closer view. As I said, three of the four "support" arrangements looked like this!
What kind of parent arranges support that includes a solid block, two loose bricks, a flat piece of non-pressure-treated wood, a small block of pressure-treated wood and two metal shims?
I'll tell you what kind! A parent who doesn't know or doesn't care! THIS IS NOT SUPPORT!
As a society we need to rise up against this sort of thing! Our society will fail with this type of inadequate, inconsiderate and ignorant parental responsibility!
What can be done?
My recommendation: as a society we need to band together and rise up! Please join my organization "People Against Improper Support." And we, WE, shall overcome!! Sing it with me now!
That would be the twin organization to "Home Inspectors Against Schmuck Work." We, WE, shall overcome too! Well, I hope so...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560