What I'm Seeing Now

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Screwing It Up

There is many a thing I like to see installed by screwing it up.

Drywall is one.
Decking boards would be another.
Kitchen cabinets, with the proper screws.
Guardrails, support joists, long beams - all screwed, or lagged, or bolted to screws - all good when screwed up.

How about when a kitchen cabinet drawer pops off.

Should it be repaired by screwing it up?

Apparently, screwing it up really tightly is very important too.

And don't forget - ALL FOUR CORNERS!

When you're going to screw it up, you want to screw it all up!

This drawer front apparently came off somehow.  The drawer carcass still works, sliding back and forth about an inch.

But this cover is no longer attached to the drawer!  It is attached to the cabinet!  It was screwed up!

But wait! My client's Realtor, one Cindy Jones, pointed out something else.

What's that on the counter above the drawer?

Why, it's a business card.

Let's have a closer look.

Certainly looks like some country bumpkin has come down from way, way out of town to see this house!

As it turns out, I saw that same country bumpkin later the same day.

She did not remember the house.  It was on her list of previews one day as she was searching for homes to present to her buying client.

I met that buying client too!  She had picked another very nice house not far from this one! 

Unfortunately it did not have a screwed up drawer front, but you take'em one at a time and call'em as you see'em!

My recommendation:  sometimes you see things you have never seen before.  Like a screwed up drawer front!  Often it is hard to understand what people are thinking, but when buying a home you might have to take the bad with the good.  Overall, if the place is good, don't screw it up!  Buy it!



 

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 49 commentsJay Markanich • July 22 2012 03:38AM

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That is a first...we have a keen appreciation for woodwork...guess this homeowner does not...ouch !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 7 years ago

 

S&D - this is woodwork at its best!

Valerie - you mean like a cracked bath tub with an excellent repair?

That is some form of white goop, repairing a plastic bath tub.

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

Good morning, Jay.... what are people thinking when they do this type of repair.....what a disaster....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 7 years ago

We never know what lurks in the mind of man Barbara.  That all-encompassing word includes the chicks...

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

You are in good company running into Rainmakers everywhere you go.

Oh and you could write a book...nay a tome...on screwed up repairs.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 7 years ago

What a shame!  That looks like it was a somewhat nice kitchen before some handy manny came around and definitely screwed it up!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 7 years ago

Mayhap Debbie!  Would love to!  Have to find a publisher!  But it would be fun.  We have lots of rainmakers in this area!

Twas screwed up Kathryn.  It will require a new drawer front.

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

Morning Jay looks like Uncle Bob has struck again.  Clint had a post yesterday with some venting issues, looks like Uncle Bob gets around.  Enjoy the day

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 7 years ago

The guy is everywhere James.  It does make for a fun day!

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

Geeeze, at least they could have pre-drilled the holes so they didn't split the drawer front... hacks!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 7 years ago

Tight, tight, tight Fred!  You know that!

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

Jay, Sounds like a small world in NorVa with Active Rainers crossing paths all over the place :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 7 years ago

Good morning Jay. I guess if you are srcewing up a drawer go big. Add a split here or there for looks.

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

Jay, I wonder what else this homeowner repaired them self. This was a visible repair, what about the ones you can't see.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 7 years ago

The only thing missing is gobs of glue. 

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

I'm sure you have seen every example of the off beat ways people will try to solve a household repair problem. 

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

When your tube of adhesive is dried up and the duct tape is missing you have to do something.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) almost 7 years ago
Jay- it makes you wonder how they fixed anything else in the house. Tell Lenn she owes you a pie from Mama's in Leesburg.
Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

My thought is that I would not buy a home with a screwed up door UNLESS they were giving it away and I knew exactly where to park the dumpster.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) almost 7 years ago

That's one Screwed Up repair job.  The repair made it worse than it was before and it looks even worse.  I'm sure you see all kinds of "stuff!"

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) almost 7 years ago

Jay:

What were those home owners think?  The cabinets look very nice, but their repair is horrendous.  These are people who should never Do It Yourself.  Ever.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Jay: I've seen a home that has big 5 or 6 inch nails everywhere ie. to hold curtains back (yes hammered right into the wall), on the bannister to hold something, etc. SHUDDER. I guess SCREWS are one step up even from that.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 7 years ago

Jay, Sometimes you just to say "screw it" and be done with it.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 7 years ago

I'm surprised I have to say this again: Duck tape. Better than screws.

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) almost 7 years ago

Debbie ^^^ stole my joke.  Seems Northern VA is well represented. 

Posted by Mike Reyman, Delaware County Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors) almost 7 years ago

We're all over the place here Bliz.  The loan officer in this case is from AR too!

Randy - how do you know it's attached if there aren't four splits!?

Mike - that is always an issue, but there was no real remodeling in the house.  Other repairs though!  See #3...

Jim - ha!  That gobbing was used in the photo in #3!

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

Jay, that's really a botched home repair job, it's too bad it looks like  pretty nice kitchen.

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) almost 7 years ago

Morgan - just when an inspector thinks he's seen everything, well, something new pops up!

Rob - apparently go with the big guns!

Kathy - I have been by that place many times, but never inside.  I love pumpkin pie.  Maybe this fall I will pick one up!

C&D - this would fit in the kitchen trash can though!

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

Jay, that is awful way to fix a cabinet. Did they think no one would notice? 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 7 years ago

Jan - my job is interesting in that every day practically there is something new!

Evelyn - this is a mess.  They are going to try to order a new drawer cover.  Hope they can find it!

Hella - screws might be a step up from nails, but sometimes nails look just as, um, attractive!

Good for him Erica!  Wouldn't work anyway!

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

Debbie - it pays to be succint, and brevity is the soul of wit!

Tim - and permanent!  Don't forget permanent!

We are Mike, with AR people everywhere!

It'a a great kitchen Adrian!  Too bad about this drawer, but it is probably replaceable.

Pamela - they were going for the "it's never gonna fall off again" approach.

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

Jay, I always enjoy your posts.  I actually look forward to them.  You always seem to find the craziest stuff, and I'm glad you share it with everyone!

Posted by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, REALTOR and Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates) almost 7 years ago

Glad you enjoy it Gary.  Some whacky home-related things go on out there!

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

Good to see you again Jay and though I wish the inspection didn't have blog fodder at least for an REO it wasn't too bad.  Hope you had at your next appointment too.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

This was the only thing Cindy!  Not bad, as you say!  I think they will be able to replace the door front.

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

What's the matter, Jay?  Did he run out of duct tape?

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 7 years ago

Frankly, Susan, I was disappointed as the duct tape would have been such a permanent repair.

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

Hello Jay,

sometimes I just think that people would be better off if they wouldn't event try to fix things...

Tatyana

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

Jay, when you have a few screws lying around you may get to be known as someone with a screw loose.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Tatyana - you would fit right in with the home inspector crowd!

Oh Shadow, my Shadow (wait, I think it's your shadow!) - one screw was missing, but the crack was still there!  I bet they used really long ones too!

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

LOL, Jay.

(Do I really get points for that?)                                 .

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) almost 7 years ago

It is pretty funny John.  But what a mess, on the other hand.  Don't know about the points!

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

Jay -- I guess you never know what you will find.. This does really look like a "screw up".. How was the rest of the house?

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 7 years ago

I love screws...and wish builderts used more of them and less smooth shank nails...just not in drawer fronts...

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 7 years ago

Not bad Joan.  There was an interesting repair in the bathroom, shown in comment #3.

Mike - this front was screwed to the cabinet and the drawer does not work!

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

Hi Jay,

My buddy makes custom cabinets for a living and I showed him that photo. I think he almost passed out...

-Brent

Posted by Brent & Deb Wells, Prosper TX (LivingWell Properties) almost 7 years ago

What Brent, he doesn't screw it up?

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

Jay,

Actually, I could possibly see that screws might have been the correct fastner for the drawer front... A properly sized and properly installed screw or two "From the inside of the drawer" sure beats those staples used in some cabinetry I've seen.... but it does take just a little thought to do even this simple repair right.

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) almost 7 years ago

Brad - this front was screwed to the cabinet so the drawer does not work!

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

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