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Be Sure To Check The Back Side (I'm Not Referring To People, People!)

When you are on a home inspection and the feature list says to look at particular things, be sure to check the back side (I'm not referring to people, people!).

Yes, the features included a "beatifully refurbished and painted deck!"

OK, very nice.  Let's have a look.

When I hear or see the word "refurbished," I am going to check out everything!

Now let's see, the "refurbishER," um:

1.  Didn't notice this while caulking and painting it.
2.  Ran out of caulk.
3.  Thought the bare wood needed to breath.
4.  Was sure that since this is on the BACK SIDE nobody would notice until he is long gone.
5.  Forgot his duct tape ... bummer.

Well, take your pick. 

Have some fun with it!

Remember what the Knight's Templar said when giving advice to two people who were choosing the Holy Grail from the large selection offered:  "Choose wisely."

My recommendation:  features lists are great.  Features lists are probably very honest.  Features lists have not necessarily been inspected.  FEATURES LISTS MUST BE INSPECTED!

 

 

 

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 19 commentsJay Markanich • October 21 2012 06:43AM

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I'm sure you inspect everything. A features list is incidental. But that's a courious 'feature' on that post base. Even without the paint-rot-blister, I'd be wondering what that base 'moulding' was covering.

The mix of painted wood and unpainted deck and tread surface is a curious 'feature' to me as well.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

I like the ones that fill the rotted area with caulk and paint over it. It is easy to spot because the surface is smooth and not the natural wood texture. So usually you can poke your finger right through the soft "rotted" wood. Fool me? Not!

Yours was a little more obvious... have a great day!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

LOL...I'll go w/ option 5...or maybe all of the above.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago
Ooooops! Looks like refurbisher fail to me!
Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay. The old "can't see it from the street" mentality at work there. lol. Had it been indoors I am sure "drywall would cover it".

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

Hi Jay,

I have to say that even Uncle Bob would at least painted or tried to. As far a s not being seen from the street. That would be a government worker. LOL

Have a good day my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 6 years ago

All the posts had that wrapping Robert.  I guess they thought it looked good.  The decking and treads are painted, kind of a brown/gray, and in my opinion it would be slippery when wet.

Fred - I don't know why they do that when they can so easily go to the paint store for some spackle...

Ha!

Any apply probably Debbie.  Your choice is a good one though!

Nancy - definitely!  The grades are already out in the mail.

 

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

I guess he could have used drywall Randy, but didn't have any more?

Clint - once I said it was good enough for gubment work and my mother nearly bit my head off.

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

Hey Jay,

A little wood filler and duct tape and she's good as new.lol

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) over 6 years ago

Jay, I've heard that having proper ventilation was always important so having that wood in breathable condition is to be expected, right? Hard to believe the refurbisher would think that blemish would be missed.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 6 years ago

I think a nice quart of spackle should do it Eric.  Yeah, that's it.

Wayne - and important here in our humid climate!  At least maybe they thought...

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

Morning Jay a wise reminder in checking out the backside.  Have a great day sir and be sure and check out the backside as I know you will

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

All day long James!  And I look at houses sometimes too.

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

Jay -- maybe someone would miss this, if it were on the underside, but how is one supposed to miss it otherwise?  Doesn't compute.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

To see it one has to walk around the back side of the deck, battle with bushes, and reach in with a camera to get a photo Steven!

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

Jay, I just really hate when my backside starts to rot ; )

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

Try some medicated powder or cream Don.  Works for me.  Duluth Trading has a "Monkey Butt" cream.  I hear it's good!

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

I hate it when I forget my duct tape. 

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

If I had had mine I would have repaired it right there Jim.  But, couldn't find it on my tool belt hook.

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

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