So often we see things that are wrong, but maybe we don't know why. Or we see one wrong thing but not another. Yesterday Charlie Buell had a post about that very idea.
During the think about purchasing this house (a log cabin with lots and lots of problems) the family was divided. The buyer's mother was vehemently opposed to her daughter buying it.
After seeing this house, and talking with the neighbor's, I saw many things that were wrong and heard about more.
So when my client arrived I asked her into my office.
We sat on a rock together, in front of the family, and I began my litany. The mother was so excited as I checked off my list she did a little dance!
As we walked around the house the mother pointed to the side of the deck pictured in the photo and said something like, "That's wrong! Just everything about it. It's wrong!"
I asked her what was wrong with it. While she couldn't put her finger on it all, she just knew it was wrong.
So I had a little lesson with her! When I was done, she said, "That's more than I thought! But I knew it was wrong!"
So, pretend you are the mother.
Look at the photo.
What do you see wrong here?
You don't have to mention everything that's wrong, because there is a lot, but you can if you want.
Just mention what you see.
You can even say why!
And I bet you see a lot.
Hint: don't just focus on the deck!
There is a lot going on here.
Some wrong things will lead to future problems (or already have). They are a set up for things to come.
And remember, many home accidents aren't accidents at all. They are practically planned by bad thinking.
My recommendation: while you don't have to see the entire picture, when things feel or look wrong, like Charlie says in the post above, they might just be! Hopefully a home inspector can help the process and point those things out so solid decisions can be made.
Home inspectors: hang off for a while and let's see what everyone comes up with.
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