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Child Support

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 30 commentsJay Markanich • April 21 2012 03:27AM

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Morning Jay and that is why sir some people should not have a child.  If they do and they don't take care of it like they should there needs to be some type of penalty don't you think?

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 6 years ago

Comes from the "know what you don't know" school...not enough people attend that...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago
Great blog and great job. Keep up the good work and good luck to you this year. Thanks.
Posted by JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000 (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) over 6 years ago

In this case, James, I think the child needs to be removed from these premises.

S&D - this guy knew very little!  I felt badly for the kid too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Thanks Josh.  Yet another in the constant series of junk work!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Did you ask to see the permit?  This person needs to be sterilized.

Posted by John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast (RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC) over 6 years ago

John - foreclosed and vacant.  Given this "addition" and the other "remodels" and "repairs" on this house, there was certainly NO permit!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Another reminder for all of us. .you can't have quality when the foundation is weak.. in anything we do or build!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 6 years ago

Hence the word "foundation" Fernando!  That from which all else is derived.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I agree - the wood shim will rot and then the child will have a REAL limp!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

You need a license to drive a car, but any old fool can have a child. Shameful.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 6 years ago

You should have walked in the room Wallace!  Limp AND osteoporosis!

W&J - in this case, truly shameful!  There are those who should never be parents.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay nice twist on a blog. If you are speaking of a child or a post! Thanks for the smile and a good point!

Posted by Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living" (WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio) over 6 years ago

Think metaphor Leslie!  So to speak.  Really, this is schmuck work all the way.  I guess you don't want that in child rearing either!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Cute, cute, but I am worried someone in CPS will be coming around to offer assistance!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 6 years ago

Having done construction for years when I was young and virile it never fails to amaze me when I see examples of the crappy work that's produce.  The guy I worked for would have fired all of us for doing stuff like that.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 6 years ago

I bet you see this type of work on a weekly basis. The more reason to hire an experienced home inspector to find these types of items before purchasing the home

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay, This little child needs some foster parents to come in and do some fostering ; ) Hey what is a permit? I have heard of them.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Yikes!  This child is only going to experience more problems as he/she grows older.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 6 years ago

Jay, this must be what they mean by children learn what they live.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Good afternoon Jay so would you report this child abuse to the building department?

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 6 years ago

The post just needs duct tape, gummy bears, and a well placed potted plant. Nothing wrong with this child, let's just push him off to the next level Jay.

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) over 6 years ago

Lisa - do you mean, "I'm here from the gubment and I'm here to help..."?  Scary words.

J&R - I agree.  My 8th grade shop teacher would have given me a D-, only because I tried, but not because it deserved a D, but an F.

Harry - this couple saw the report, decided against the house, and called to thank me.  I think we all knew at the end of the inspection that it was all too much for them to take on.

Don - they are myths, buddy, like Hercules, and that Odysseus, and Helen of Troy.  But they are apparently seen now and then, like Sasquatch.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Kathryn - and be a burden on society from cradle to grave?

Chris - very much like that.  I think.  And Monday's child is fair of face...

Randy - they don't have time to go out there to look at it.  When there's a disaster, and I hear about it, they might take my call.

Tom - all that would improve the feng shui.  For sure.  You are right!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good evening, Jay. Decks have to be the bane of inspectors. I just did one where the builder "swears" that it is "to code" because the city inspectors passed it! Yeah, Right! Kinda like the 3 lies men tell... 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

I have seen things passed that the local inspectors, um, "kind of missed," their words not mine Michael.  Once a natural gas water heater was installed in a house with propane, and I found no conversion kit sticker, so noting on my report.  The county had passed it.   A month later the heater exploded.  The county simply said whoops...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Exactly Jay...Those are some of the scariest words in use today!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 6 years ago

So said Mr. Reagan, Lisa.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Man that is just wrong on so many levels. How would anyone see that as okay? 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 6 years ago

And, um, one of four such Jim!  There were a couple of dozen things about that "room," about 12x12', that were problems and that room was one of many dozens of other things in the house.

Well, you get the idea...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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