I knew this was going to be an interesting inspection when the realtor contacted me to say it would!
She is someone who means what she says, and knowing her as I do, I believed her!
Getting to the inspection early I took a quick walk around and this is what greeted me at the front door!
I thought, "Welcome home!"
The porch top is cracked, with overgrowth through and all around. The stoop is sagging, as is the front step. It certainly needs total replacement.
I think this door wasn't used much!
The buyer is no dummy. She has specific things in mind that she is looking for and seemed mostly unfazed by what we discovered during the inspection. And we discovered a lot!
She is very circumspect too, leaving no stone unturned!
Her search was basically on line, with her realtor's input and advice.
She came from out of the country for the home inspection, stayed a couple of days and then returned.
The house is old, minimally cared for, and will have to be renovated. That can be done piecemeal as it is basically habitable.
Not every client can look past the remodeling needed, and can plan the steps necessary to bring the house into a more comfortable and modern condition. Virtually everything in the house will need to be improved or remodeled.
I am always impressed when they can see into the future to what they want to accomplish with a house. It's a very large property also, so the grounds and surrounds will need a lot of work as well. Just from my short visit with her she seems like the type to be able to get it all done. We'll see where it goes from here!
My recommendation: the home inspector's job is to identify what is possible on a house and report on it. Recommendations as to what should be remodeled is not a part of this process. I have done inspections on real heaps that people have fixed up beautifully. However, I do counsel that the process is likely to take longer and cost more than expected! But one day, despite the front door greeting we got at this home inspection, someone will drive up and go to this same front door and think, Welcome Home!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560