The "feature" information says, "New Addition With Air Conditioning." Truth in feature lists.
Yes, the house was built in 1963, and the addition, I guessed from the date in a toilet, was put on in 1975. So it was new-ER.
And it has air conditioning.
Look at it - that's some fine air conditioning!
Peruse the photo and you can see just how professionally all the work in just this small area was done.
The roof flashing (which looked new to me); the AC size and support; sealing the siding around the AC unit; closing the wall gaps; priming the siding before painting it; matching the siding on the "new" addition to the older house.
The paint was peeling all over and very brittle so it was probably an oil-based paint.
Oil-based paints always need a prime coat underneath.
I see this kind of work all the time.
But the feature list on the table listed this and many other things.
And it stretched the truth of everything.
When it is in the 30s outside an AC unit cannot be tested.
This unit is old. It may be original to this addition, I don't know!
That it hasn't fallen from the wall is a wonder.
Sealing the gaps seen all around it from the inside is everything from newspaper to plastic wrap.
And a curtain over it.
Well, who wouldn't want to be the proud owner of this?
But what bothered me the most was the feature list. I honestly wonder why people think it is a selling feature to say things in ways that try to make them seem better than they are. When anyone looks at them the lipstick-on-the-muddy-pig should be obvious.
When this sort of thing happens, and my clients are first-time buyers, and the agent is new to the industry, and the inspection is conducted in a language other than English, I almost feel obligated to explain why this or that is not what it is said to be.
WHEN IS AN INSPECTION MORE THAN OBSERVE AND REPORT? SHOULD IT BE? SHOULD IT EVER BE?
I struggle with that one sometimes.
My recommendation: a home inspector is hired to try to give buyers an idea as to the condition of a property at the time of the inspection. Reports will do that. But I have to confess that sometimes what is said verbally at the inspection (such as all the commentary surrounding this AC unit and addition) might not be reflected as sarcastically and frankly in the wording of the report ("Older window AC unit, not tested due to temperatures outdoors, unprofessionally installed and poorly supported." Etc.) And I have to also confess that oftentimes I really hope that my clients will run away from a property.
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