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New Construction - "Please Leave Your Coconuts At The Door." What?

What if you arrived at a new construction to do a final inspection and saw a sign on the door.

What if the sign at the door said, New Construction - "Please leave your coconuts at the door."?

Usually the sign I see asks that your shoes be left at the door.

Some builders even have a little bin of booties for you to put on.

My feet are so big that those booties are often too small for me!

At this house, however, it was apparent that your shoes did not need to be removed.

Instead, obviously, your coconuts are to be left outside.

While coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils you can eat, apparently it should not be allowed into a new home, at least until the occupants take possession.

However, I did not have any coconuts with me, and felt badly that I was unable to comply.

They let me in anyway.  Thank goodness!

My recommendation:  it's best to be prepared when you go with your clients to a final walk through of new construction.  Don't forget your coconuts.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

 

 

 

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 18 commentsJay Markanich • February 24 2013 02:17AM

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Good Morning, Jay. What?? No bananas? Yes, We have no bananas or chews today...

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

That was the sign on the back door Michael.

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

Jay- way too funny.. is this a custom in some cultures?

Posted by Scott Fogleman, New Home Team (New Home Team 804-573-9592) over 6 years ago

Yes, here in Northern Virginia, Scott.  C'mon, you've never been here?

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

Now that is almost as odd as the wallpaper in the shower. But, I wonder is there some sort of meaning behind it a superstition or folklore story mabybe?

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) over 6 years ago

Interesting post Mr. Jay aren't customs something to behold?  Enjoy the day sir. 

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

That is so funny, Jay.  I had never heard about that custom before.  It's good that we learn something new everyday.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

It is a Hindu custom Janice, offering food to God for when he visits to bless the house.  Inside was rice all over and pennies in every room.  That is for fertility and prosperity to visit the home.  Yes, I have seen it all before.

They are James.  When I pulled up I knew exactly what was going on.

Debbie - the coconuts are just the beginning.

 

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

It's an ancient custome that's meant to be an offering to the home inspector gods to look favorably on the home.  

Or, alternate answer:

Those aren't really coconuts, but cracked shrunken heads.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Really coconuts Gabe!  And yes, the home inspector offering worked out well for this buyer!

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

Whew... you people up there have been out in the snow too long or something, LOL!!

I thought those were bikini tops, I was looking for the grass skirts!

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

I have seen food, petals, inscense and all kinds of spiritual items inside and outside homes, but never cracked coconuts.  

Posted by Rafi Footerman, Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More! (Mid Jersey Inspections) over 6 years ago

No snow to speak of this year Fred!  This is normal stuff...

Rafi - I have done many new construction inspections after such blessings and the houses can get filled with all sorts of things.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago
Well that is just nutty! Sorry, I couldn't resist....LOL
Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 6 years ago

Great for your hair..healthy...and door stop material too !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago

Nancy - I have seen lots of various forms of "blessings" on houses, but I told my client I had never seen the coconut one!  He explained it to me.

Maybe it wards off ghosts S&D?  Like painting the front porch ceiling light blue.

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

Hi, Jay - I showed this to my wife, who is from India.  

     She said "not in our community, but yes a lot of Hindus and Buddhists will make these types of offerings to their gods and goddesses".

Posted by Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 6 years ago

There were more things that they did Fred.  I just thought this one could be related to the home inspection industry and how we often remove our shoes at the door.

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

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