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Canine Crap Corner

What do you do when you walk into a furnace/laundry room to know something is up, an overwhelming smell - and you suspect a Canine Crap Corner, but don't know where to look?

It could be plumbing, it could be the sump pump, it could be the drain from the laundry tub, and yet, just because, you begin to look further.

This house has evidence of a small dog.  I don't know his name - let's call him Babalooey.

He is pampered with pillows everywhere, toys strewn all over, personalized water and food bowls - he is living the life of Reilly, um, Babalooey.

The furnace room is full, full, full of stuff!  Could something be rotting inside one of the boxes?  Or dead?

Instead of renting a Pod, apparently, these folks decided to put everything into the furnace/laundry room.  It is piled high and thick with stuff!

So much so that the stuff, and the old fridge, placed very closely in front of the furnace, prevents getting the cover off to replace the filter.

The home inspector is intrigued to know if that means the filter had not been replaced in a while.  Like since they purchased the new fridge in the kitchen?  

He diligently worked long and hard and did get the cover off enough to pull the filter out just a few inches.  His suspicions were correct.  Air filter no change-o for a long time-o.

That's perfect Spanish.

But, could that extremely-clogged filter be the source of the smell?

Not likely.

But wait!  While squishing into the space to peek at the filter said home inspector noticed something in front and off to the side.

It was a little gift from Babalooey!

Ha!  Well, that little gift certainly didn't have the mass to cause the smell pervading the room!

Beyond the furnace is the return duct to the left and the back side of the metal, wood-burning fireplace to the right.  Not much room for said home inspector!  Heck, not much room for male or female homo sapiens worldwide!

But plenty of room for Babalooey!

In his best display of magical Ninja moves, said home inspector lifted his stealy mass higher and more forward, extending his highly-trained Ninja arm and camera to get the wondrous photo here in!

For sure that represents only a small percentage of Babalooey gift left in that space!

Obviously, when the family is gone, Pampered Pup makes his way to the furnace/laundry room to partake in his special, gift-giving behavior.  It's a Canine Crap Corner!

That's going to make an interesting item on the addendum list!  And good luck!

My recommendation:  smells have a source!  Sometimes that source cannot be determined.  But sometimes it can!  And sometimes the source is quite the surprise!  Does anyone remember Babalooey?  You won't forget him now!

 

 

 

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 96 commentsJay Markanich • July 06 2013 03:36AM

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Good morning, Jay.... you need another job.... that's abusive to have to deal with that... OMG.... what is wrong with people....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 7 years ago

Not sure it's the people who have the problem Miss B!  But there are small children in the house.  I wonder if they do!

So, when can we expect you?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Morning Jay as you indicated sometimes your nose knows.  Enjoy your weekend.  :)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 7 years ago

It was hard to miss James.  Determining the source is always the challenge.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, do you think they know? Or is Babalooey doing a stealth poop? That is horrible, ick, yuck... and in the heat it must even smell better!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea - that is a whole lot of stealth!  I would think they have to know and don't know what to do about it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay....I'm at my computer with my high protein shake..... life is good.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 7 years ago

Yicks...what it says about Baba's "parents" is that they don't very good care of him...or that maybe he flunked that class in doggy obedience school...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

My morning meal is a protein shake and banana Barbara.  But slightly more than 4 oz!

S&D - he flunked something!  Like the saying, he sure is full of it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Yuck.  but, while this is gross, it's probably easier to solve/clean vs. urine that has been absorbed by the concrete.  What a lovely task ahead for the current homeowners.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

At least it was limited to the corner. Get into the crawl spaces with cats that have access and it could be anywhere. Neither is a very good situation for either of us.

Have a good weekend in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay,

This is one tip I do not care to remember to look for.

If the smell is that bad what other hidden items were found.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Jay Man - I think your persistence in finding the source was important, the smell do come from someplace. Maybe not in this case, but too often the solution is just to mask the smell with another scent.

 

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

"Hey Babalooey, you all right?" says Quick Draw McGraw... "So Right!"

They could have easily prevented that from happening... merely stop feeding him! :-)

And change those air filters!!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 7 years ago

Jay, so often Pets=Problems in homes if pet owners don't stay on their toes.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

I don't know how people can live like that - but they do.  I've seen situations like that and worse...

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 7 years ago

Oh My Goodness Jay - remind me to NOT be drinking my coffee while reading your posts... too dang funny and I almost spit coffee - YUCK!!!!  Actually YUCK on a whole NEW scale.  Then I got to thinking of your years in the business and I had a thought - author - oh the tales you could tell... the stories!!!!  Just change the names to something like "BabaLooey"  Hilarious - have a GREAT day!!!!!

Posted by Elise Harron, Rural Vacant Land and Development Specialist (Dirt Road Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Eeewww!  Nobody noticed anything when doing laundry ... or didn't care?!

'Smells Have A Source' ... sounds like a bumper sticker in the making to me, Jay :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Those are the worst rooms when the owners do not clean it our properly.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 7 years ago

You had me hooked at your title!  A fun read.

Posted by MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert (The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)) over 7 years ago

That's disgusting!  I have seen a multi-million dollar home where the dog crapped all over the carpet.  It was there while we were showing the house.  From what I heard, this wasn't the first time.  The agent often picked it up when he came to show.  I have dogs.  Many people have dogs.  This is unacceptable.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

LOL, and they thought he was such a good dog. Always waiting until they got home.

Or he figured if they could store all their crap in there he could too!

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 7 years ago

I had a home to inspect years ago where they had three large Rottweilers in the back yard and the owner wouldn't contain them, which I thought was odd at first. Then I looked out the bedroom window to see solid crap at the rear yard, I made them clean it up and contain the animals for my next visit. I had never seen such a mess and while a volunteer SPCA guy I'd seem plenty of mistreatment. 

Posted by Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809 (203kOnLine.com, covering the USA) over 7 years ago

Dog pooh is like fleas...where you may only see one, there are always hundreds of others.  Trust me. there has been dog excrement in the home too...

 

Don't blame the dog...the owners are LAZY...and I bet they don't clean the dogs ears or trim the nails either...

 

Eve in Orlando

Posted by Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida ) over 7 years ago

Jay, we recently adopted a small dog and this is one of our biggest fears that she will crap in places unknown to us. To avoid that, we put her in a crate when we're gone. I'm surprised the owners don't smell it.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Oh my gosh, nasty for sure! The worst experience I had was while staying with some folks who loved their little precious pet pooch. I liked him right up until I stepped into the shower one morning and felt his 'present' squish between my toes...ugh!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 7 years ago

That's gross!  I can't believe the owners wouldn't smell that and do something about it.  That smell wouldn't last 10 minutes in our house.  Ugh!

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 7 years ago

Jay -- with your ninja contortions and magical camera you were able to document the problem.  The question is, how will they  get in there to clean it up???

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago

Oh crap.  Can't imagine the owners didn't smell the gifts from their little Babalooey.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Jay- you must have an iron stomach to do (and smell) what you do.  I can't believe that the owners couldn't smell it.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Any dog owner would recognize that tell-tale smell! I wonder what the seller was thinking...That the new owner wouldn't notice??

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 7 years ago

In the marketing world, anything that can get and hold your attention is marketing at work...This is negative (and smelly) marketing at work

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 7 years ago

Just wondering...diplomat that you are...how did you write it up on the report?

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

I went to a final walk-through with buyers who had a very difficult time negotiating home inspection repair items.  When we opened the door to the vacant house, there had to be 200 piles of dog poop strewn throughout the house.  The owners must have been saving it up from their walks and maybe even collecting piles from other dogs.  I cannot figure out how they got so many piles of poop into what had been a clean house.

Obviously escrows for a professional carpet cleaner to come in and someone to clean the poop, as well as payment for the buyer's hotel and extra time storing furnishings on the moving truck while the carpets were cleaned and dried.  The sellers screwed themselves in the end.  Who would do such a thing?  They looked like 'normal' people.  This wasn't a case of a stealth Babalooey. This was an intentional action done for spite.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 30 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) over 7 years ago

How can you not notice something like that as an owner. Part of per ownership is picking up Babalooey!

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) over 7 years ago

Sounds like a fun house to insoect, where was the listing aent on this one? no tips to their seller?

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Oh the "gifts" those pets generate that "keep on giving".

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 7 years ago

VERY entertaining blog....there are Babalooey's and their respective loafs everywhere and everyone can smell them except the owner!!

Posted by Paddy Deighan JD PhD, Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D (federalfinanciallawgroup.com) over 7 years ago

Oh Babalooey-- you really love leaving gifts! Sounds like it took quite an investigation to find out the source of the smell, but thankfully the source was discovered.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 7 years ago

Debbie - they are going to need some industrial strength dihydrogen monoxide.

Most of it was Clint.  There were a couple of spots elsewhere and who knows what where I could not see!

Raymond - keep your eyes and nose peeled.

Tom - when a house has 30 plug ins I know they are trying, but all those do is make a terrible smell worse and I smell like "Summer Meadow" for the rest of the day!

That all represented mess one and mess two Fred.  Like Quick Draw and Baba!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

That was a mess I didn't want to tip toe through Charlie!

So have I Brian, so have I!

Sorry Elise, but glad you enjoyed it!

Carie - start producing them!  I don't know what those people thought or understood!

Harry - it all makes for a difficult inspection, for sure!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

MaryKay - intentional!  But fun too!

I do too Elyse!  And our house does not look like that, or the yard!

I think the latter makes more sense Than!  That's doggie tit for tat.

Mike - well I have seen the bumper stickers!  And it truly does happen!

Eve - I thoroughly blame the owners!  This is truly a mess!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay... this reminds me of a time when I was walking through a "completed" new home with some buyers... and we smelled something similar.  Turns out some of the workers had left a little "present" inside a Big Gulp cup, and left it on top of the sheet rock above the inside foyer ceiling.  How fun!

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Hello Jay,

Catchy (but gross(!) title - you knew it would draw us in...curiosity may have killed the cat, but little Babalooey may be next in line.  If a dog isn't house trained, it isn't in my house!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

Ugh, haht's pretty gross. I saw a house yesterday where there are 2 small dogs who have clearly used the carpet in all the upstairs rooms as a piddle place, and not just the corners. Owner is offering a carpet allowance. It desperately needs it. That may not be sufficient.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Tammie - we trained our puppy right away that outside was the only place to go!  It has worked so far - she is 4 now.

Wanda - terrific!  That's probably the best place for that to happen though...

Bryan - we smelled it right away.  But we don't live there!  I expect the owners knew the problem was there.

Steven - I am light as a feather and gentle as a breeze.  But I have no idea how to get in there!

Cindy - I think Baba is the house fave but still, they shouldn't let this happen!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Kathy - I have been in some nasty houses and crawl spaces.  This is my first such experience with a local dump, so to speak.

Tom - maybe they thought the Ninja couldn't get in there!

Richie - well spoken, to be sure.  At least it isn't generic!

Margaret - I wrote that there was dog poop presence in the furnace/laundry room, and a photo with the caption "Canine Crap Corner."  I told them I was going to do that!

That's despiccable Lisa!  What people!  The world is going down fast, too fast for me.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Looks like Babalooey has been busy.  Oy vey!  I always love that surprise when we we're working in a basement somehwere.  Not really.  Blah!

Posted by Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 7 years ago

Babalooey's little secret hiding place.  Disgusting but kind of cute though.

Posted by Jay & Michelle Lieberman, Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos (Keller Williams World Class) over 7 years ago

If an owner is so inclined Bill!  If...

Don't know Scott.  The listing agent does not show up to the inspection here, typically. 

Michelle - I have seen the bumper stickers and I understand that "Gifts Happen."

Paddy - it was truly nasty!  And that had nothing to do with the filter!

Ralph - if not for my Ninja training the smell might still be a mystery!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne - where they come from that is called plumbing.

Lisa - of course it was intended to draw you in!  And alliterative too!

Jeff - if the salts aren't neutralized the smells will continue through new carpet.

Mike - IMO we shouldn't have to worry about it when walking through a house!

J&M - kind of cute?  I never met little Baba, but he has a nasty streak!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay:  I think you may be right on that one.  I'm fairly sure they came from Lynchburg.  (LOL)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

There are five Lynchburgs in the country, Karen Anne - VA, TN, OH, SC and MO.  When young I applied to Lynchburg College in VA, but in the end decided to go somewhere else.  That Lynchburg was a very nice place however!

Once on a final walk through of new construction my client and I entered the kitchen to see it populated with about 30 people eating watermelon with their hands (no plates) and making a complete mess.  What possessed them to do that is unknown.  My client was mortified and she screamed!  In very adult Spanish I told them that we would be coming back in five minutes and that the kitchen would be spotless when we returned.  If it was not, the first clown I caught would lick it clean.  I said I hoped they thought I was bluffing.  They got right to work and it was clean when we returned!  Somehow they were all gone!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

The question remains. Why weren't the homeowners bothered by the smell when they did laundry and did the smell go beyond the laundry/furnace room?

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 7 years ago

That's a good question Sharon.  Sometimes people who live in a house get used to things, and smells in particular.  They are somewhat desensitized as a result.  But I really don't know!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, some people are not dog lovers and you can imagine their shock and dismay to discover what you found. To many of them the word, 'gross,' is not strong enough.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) over 7 years ago

Oh my - now this is a new one.  I thought I had witnessed just about everything.  I hope I don't encounter this type of a problem.  I thought bat guano was pretty bad.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

So did the sale of this home go through? I wonder who cleaned it up in the end...or, if/how it was addressed in the negotiations. Too funny!

Posted by Athina Boukas, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) (Virginia Capital Realty) over 7 years ago

Since it is near, but past the 4th of July, I heard a rumor that when the restored the Statue of Liberty, the workers often did the man thing from near Lady Liberty's head.  It created an issue because the metal on the statue stained because of it! 

I have also seen homes, where either a cat or dog had been allowed to continually do their thing without master's cleanup.  Some folks don't live by the same standards as others.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Really? Who the hell lives like that?

That's pure disgusting if it happens you clean it and train your pet... WOW

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 7 years ago

I rarely get surprised by the lack of hygene from people or animals around property anymore.  But your post did bring back some memories.

Posted by John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast (RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC) over 7 years ago

That about covers it Jane, but wow, it was quite the sight!

Joan - every time I think that I am not surprised to find out that I have not seen it all!

Athina - this was just Friday!  I don't know!  I expect the buyers want it cleaned and sanitized.  Hopefully they will use some industrial strength dihydrogen monoxide.

Myrl - urban legends take on a life of their own!  And your second statement is not urban legend!

David - I assure you we don't live like that in my house!

John - I'm reluctant to ask what memories!  But true, I am not surprised either.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

There's always something in our business that seems bizarre and funny at the same time!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 7 years ago

I didn't meet him, Nina, but I expect Babalooey has an impish sparkle in his eye!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Ugh! How could a person live like that?

We've marketed our share of homes with less than diligent dog owners, but this wins the prize.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 7 years ago

W&J - not sure what the price would be - perhaps the wondrous Golden Turd?  On a plaque...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Wow that is some nasty homeowners. Amazing the didn't notice or worse care!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 7 years ago

It's hard to know what's going on there Marco, but before I sold the house I think it would have been cleaned up!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hey Queeek Draw, I thin somethin ees no right here. You steeeeeeenk. Gotta love Babalooey and especially El Kabong.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) over 7 years ago

All those cartoons were parodies Scott.  I loved El Kabong too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Geesh! How can people live like this?  Just ridiculous.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 7 years ago

Hard to know C&D!  Hard to know!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I am amazed folks would tolerate the Babalooey gift! OK, maybe not amazed. Have a great Sunday!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Thanks Gary.  People grow to tolerate stuff!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Thanks again Jay for another amazing post.  You always find the good stuff.  I can only wonder what runs through your mind when you find this stuff...  Always fun to read your posts, and I for one am glad you carry a camera.

Posted by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, REALTOR and Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates) over 7 years ago

What goes through my mind is how I can turn this lemon into lemonade for a post Gary!  Hence the camera!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

LOL Jay. The question is has the little creature left any other gifts in the home?

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) over 7 years ago

Make you wonder how a person could live in this condition. Good grief.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay, thank you for the funny post!  i have two dogs and one is a puppy and he does not hide his little gifts if I am away from the house for too long -- right in the middle of the room.  Usually, I have only been gone for a couple of hours and I clean it up right away.  I could not imagine how bad that area must have smelled since it does not look like anyone has cleaned up for a while.  We definitely run into crazy situations in our business.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

 

Posted by Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Addison Wolfe Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

I think that I will stay a REALTOR® and not switch to home inspections. I do appreciate you guys, and this is reason number 473 why I do, or is that do do?

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 7 years ago

There may have been many more in that room Tom, but being so full of stuff I don't know!

E&C - I wonder each time I think back to this inspection!  And it was just last Friday!

Karen - this was simply amazing.  I don't know how or why it has gone on so long!

I am glad you have so many reasons Joe!  It means you have been paying attention!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I would never put a dog done for not learning rules, the "parent" needs to train them - every single one of my dogs is a rescue and many had terrible manners and/or other issues and needs.  Love, patience and time cures all...sorry if I didn't state my first response well, it was a poor humor attempt.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

 My first answer to you was in #51 Lisa!  You may have read the wrong one!  I got the humor and answered back, with humor.

Our dog is a rescue, from Mercury.  She is very hot.  That is a photo of her.

Really.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

She really is a rescue puppy, from Brew Beagles.  You may have heard of them.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Oh phew, when I read back my post I could see how someone might have misinterpreted it - I missed your initial comment (since there were so many comments on your fun post!)  I am greatly relieved...

Great use of your thermal camera on your rescue baby...my big boy Brutus sends a "woof" her way (I think he is smitten).

Rescue A dog today Brutus is a Rhodesian Ridgeback / Newfoundland mix and we rescued him at 8 weeks old from Operation Kindness.  He's 12 now and going strong!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

Good gosh, that's the mixed breed that hunts and eat rhinoceros! 

Um, what thermal camera?  Mercurians are very hot.  That is a photo.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Yes, he hunts everything and would eat a rhino if he could catch one...he contents himself with chasing coyotes and bunnies.  Fortunately he discovered that a skunk is not the ideal animal to run after (but it did take him a couple of times to fingure that one out).

Good to inow about Mercurians - she'd fit right in with our Texas heat (LOL)

 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

Our dog chased a skunk at the beach and spent the next 3 weeks outside!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, I have been waiting on my little pup poop story but it may be time to bring it out. Got to love this stuff.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Don't be shy Don!  Let the fit hit the shan!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Let me guess, you discovered that the tomato juice bath doesn't work! 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

It doesn't Lisa!  And water makes skunk stench worse!  Time works, over time, and it works time after time.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay - One thing that does help, do you remember Prell shampoo?  It works wonders, but it can be hard to find.  Lather and rinse several times and then a lot of brushing to remove the fur...but ultimately, it just takes time for the final odor to be gone.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

Prell had the pearl that would not move through it Lisa!  And I remember time as being the biggest thing to get rid of the smell.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

And the homeowner never smelled that??? Makes me wonder about people!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

I wonder too Barbara-Jo!  And I heard the deal fell through because the sellers got their hackles up about the poop mention on the inspection report.

What?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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