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And Pulling Away The Carpet ...

Just walking into the bathroom it was not hard to see that there was a problem, but there was a new carpet cleverly cut and placed to "cover" over things.  And pulling away the carpet ...

Now, there is so much going on here it is hard to begin.

But even though carpeting is covering things up, it's hard to miss a toilet leaning backwards at 20 degrees, and a floor that is sticking up and buckling underfoot.

There were towels piled on the floor in front of the toilet.

The tile on the wall felt crunchy under that "waterproof" sealer they put over it - commonly known as wallpaper.

It's hard to know if the people are trying to deal with the problems, or wanting to hide them.

I'm not going to judge.

All I know is that this bathroom needs a complete make over.

Likely starting with the structural joists underneath.

Hardwood flooring in a bathroom just may not be the best floor covering one can choose.

And this stuff has been there for a long time.

It was a set up for disaster pretty much from installation.

Carpeting and towels over top aren't going to solve any of the problems however.

My recommendation:  toilets work best when level and wallpaper is not the best shower covering.  Peaking into a bathroom is sometimes all it takes to know if it is healthy or not.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 45 commentsJay Markanich • February 04 2013 02:48AM

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I do NOT like carpet in areas with potential for moisture...my motto is that if there is a GFI in the room, there should be NO carpet

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 8 years ago

Really? Wallpaper in a shower? Wow, now that is pretty amazing.

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) almost 8 years ago

That carpet may have had a different motive Wallace.

Janice - what, you don't see that every day?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Oh gosh...I am laughing so hard.  Yes, hardwood and carpet are poor options for bathrooms.  And wallpaper in the shower?  Oh my.  How dumb.

I do get a few requests or questions about hardwood for the bathroom and it's a main bathroom w/ a shower or bath I always tell them it's a terrible idea and that is enough for us to move on.

Yes, this is a whole gut job and I'm sure there are problems w/ the joists and who knows what they'll find behind that tile.  Good chance of mold I guess.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

Looking at how new the carpet is I wonder when it was installed Debbie.  Perhaps just before my inspection!  Some curious fellow pulled it away.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago
Jay you just can not make this stuff up...who would have ever thought. A good Monday morning wake up.
Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

I do not like carpet in the bathroom but have seen homes with carpet and when you lift the corners the floor is usually not in good shape.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 8 years ago

The leaning toilet made me do a double take.  It makes you wonder how people could live with something like that.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 8 years ago

My oh my Jay I asked Uncle Bob about this and he said he had no part in that one.  I hope you don't have another one worse than him in your area.  Good luck sir and congrats on the feature.. :~)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 8 years ago

David - things like this are always a wake up call!

Gita - often the carpet is intentional, and not for comfort!

Kathryn - that was the give away before I walked in.

James - Uncle Bob has no idea what he has done and has not done.  He is everywhere.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Jay,

What's with a little  adventure with the throne in the mornings? Never was one to bother anyone while on the throne. In this case it's a built in feature. LOL

A lot of work to do my friend. Good shot and post.

Have a good day.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 8 years ago
Amazing what people will do to obscure issues......
Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) almost 8 years ago

Wall paper in the bathroom shower.  Well I give them points for originality at least.  The rest not so much.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Wallpaper in the shower, that's a new one.  I despise carpet in kitchens and bathrooms.  I really don't know who ever though that was a good idea!

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) almost 8 years ago

All I can say is amazing what you see in a day work. I would say you can write a book but I think now it more like an encyclopedia. At least here at AR I have seen one or two volumes so far.

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) almost 8 years ago

This looks likes one of them "There ain't nothing gramps can't do!" rooms.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Jay, hard to cover up the buckle in the floor even with carpet. The 20 degree pitch is so you don't slip off.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 8 years ago
Not sure how I would perform at a 20 degree angle;-)
Posted by Scott Nowling, Prudential Starck (Prudential Starck) almost 8 years ago

ooh, that is the worst floor I've ever seen in a bathroom. Wallpaper in the shower ... genius!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 8 years ago

Fascinating topic as I have seen these dynamics up close and over the years...Worth mentioning: One listing had an all black bathroom which one could see from the hallway and to this day I don't get the appeal factor....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Wow, that is amazing that folks would even live with such a situation instead of fixing it!  Especially if they were trying to sell the property????  Hopefully they were selling FSBO and there isn't a listing agent who ignored the obvious issues.  Gosh, if the bathroom looked like this how was the rest of the house?

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) almost 8 years ago

Molding moisture loaded rug in a bathroom..... Mmmmmmmmm yuck.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 8 years ago

I did not know that you could install wall paper on a shower. . I bet it had a country kitchen with water resistant tiles? lol

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) almost 8 years ago

Now that gave a good laugh. Kinda like turning up your radio so you don't hear the noise you vehicle is making.

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) almost 8 years ago

Holy Cow!! Looks like there's gonna be an eruption.... if there wasn't already! The wallpaper is ugly too...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 8 years ago
Wow....just wow! That may take the cake for all time craziest "what were they thinking????"
Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 8 years ago

If your indoor plumbing looks like an outhouse, may as well have the outhouse...

Posted by Richard Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) almost 8 years ago

obfuscation at it's best.

Posted by Alan May, A moving experience! (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay -- and here we thought it was usually the contractors who were trying to hide things from the inspectors.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 8 years ago

Clint - if it's not one adventure, with home inspections it's another!

Carol - I am never surprised.  And that is a sorry statement, isn't it?

Cindy - I am surprised it was sticking with so much loose stuff underneath!

Marc - the hardwood flooring is not good either!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Chuck - definitely I could put a book together.  Finding a publisher is the trick!

It's not a toilet Mike, it's a lawn chair!  That's a great angle for the lawn!

It is definitely that Gary!  And we see a lot of them, don't we!

Scott - how do you perform sitting in a lawn chair?  Or a deck chair on a cruise ship?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

It all works Cynthia.  One thing without the other just isn't right - like beans without franks.

Richie - before I started taking photographs, 30 years ago, I had a black and white house!  The whole house!

Sue - the potential buyers ran like Monty Python's troop from the attack rabbit.

C'mon Andrew!  This is one fun place!  I think the splinters are worse than the mold!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Fernando - believe it or not, floor tiles were the kitchen back splash!

Doug - good analogy!  And if it works, do it!

Beauty, Fred, is in the eyes of the beholder.

Nancy - they thought they were thinking clearly!  And hiding this.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Rich - good thinking.  This was a mess indoors, for sure.

Alan - ATTEMPTED obfuscation!  Pay no attention to the wall behind the curtain...

Steven - people try something nearly every week, sometimes more than once in the same house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, you didn't tell me you were going to be in my neighborhood. I saw a similar attempt a few weeks ago, for a minute there I thought it was the same one.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) almost 8 years ago
Wow, that tops anything I've seen. That's gotta be the worst. Wall paper in the shower. Whew! I've seen nicer outhouses.
Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 8 years ago

Sorry Sue, I should have called!  It was hard capturing all of the fun in one photo!

Robert - at least the throne in the outhouse is level!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

You won't judge, but we can. This is a clear case of a coverup. If it smells like a bad bathroom coverup, and looks like a bad bathroom coverup, then it is a bad bathroom coverup. Wowee.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) almost 8 years ago

I wink at you Scott.  Wink, wink.  You can see the twinkle in my eye from there!

Hard to hide that wallpaper!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Maybe someone was potty training a young boy?

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) almost 8 years ago

Get on, lean back and don't get off until you're done!

I can hear my mother saying that Rob.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Wallpaper in the shower?!! OMG, that is too funny. Perhaps it's vinyl wallpaper? The floor looks like a sink hole waiting to happen.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 8 years ago

I expect it's waterproof Pamela, so yes, probably vinyl!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Is that a rocker? How cool is that ;)

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I actually tried it out Jim, with the top down.  It's a wild ride!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

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