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Really, It's Not That Marvelous

I had an inspection recently with a first-time buyer and his friend, a newly-minted Realtor on his first home inspection.

Throughout the inspection they were amazed at what things I found that led to other things. 

I found myself wanting to say, "Really, it's not that marvelous.  Things have causes.  I just follow the signs."

For instance, there was staining on the siding and lower rear roof under the drain-pan tube sticking out under the gutter.

They asked what was causing the staining on the siding.

I explained that the AC condensation line in the attic unit was clogged, and the water was draining into the drip pan, and from there draining outside.  All was operating as designed.

"How did you know there is an air conditioner in the attic?!"  They marveled.

Previously I had shown them, and explained why, the two air conditioning compressors, and that one serviced a unit in the attic.  They marveled.

Further, I said that when we got into the attic space we would find that the drip pan under the unit would be very rusty and even full of water.

It was, and had been for a very long time.

They marveled.

This unit corresponded to the very old air conditioning compressor outside, that had age damage and really wasn't working well.

They asked how I knew it wasn't working well.

"Do you remember the temperature that I measured coming out?  It is not much different in temperature as the indoor air.  That is a sign the compressor isn't working well."

They marveled.

Once you know how the magic trick is accomplished, it loses its luster.  So I did not reveal my secrets!

My recommendation:  I think everyone should marvel at home inspectors who see things, who know things, and who can diagnose things.  It really is marvelous.  Home inspectors try very hard to train to understand houses, all the systems, and all the signs.  There is nothing up our sleeves!  Try to remember that on your next home inspection, as you marvel.  Says he, with a twinkle in his eye...

 

 

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 25 commentsJay Markanich • June 05 2015 03:16AM

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You must have had a lot of fun with this inspection. I hope that I get you to do an inspection on one of my listings some time! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 3 years ago

Cheers to the Marvelous Markanich!!  You need a cape.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 3 years ago

There really was nothing up my sleeve, Lise.  On your listing?  Sure?  I might bring out the magic.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

It was pretty funny Kat.  They really were amazed.  To me, this stuff is old hat.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

I love it when first time home buyers seem so amazed when I'm walking them through a property pointing out all the problem areas I see. They are so enamored at how I know so much. Well when you've been in an industry for almost two decades you learn a thing or two. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) about 3 years ago

That's it exactly Nicole.  A couple of weeks ago I marveled at my doctors and what they were able to do for me.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Good morning Jay.  We all experience those moments.  You are a good teacher and I've learned things from you I would not have never guessed was possible.  Keep it up sir.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 3 years ago

I learn stuff on AR almost every day James!  And thank you!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Just as physicians follow symptoms, home inspectors follow the evidence to the causes of defects.

Simplistic, but it works.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Things and signs lead to other things and signs, Lenn. 

But I think all should marvel at home inspectors...  ; >)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I remember my first inspection and was in awe of all the items that went into the report. Every inspection adds to things to look for and used in the next sale.

It i good you have the expertise and patience to do the inspection with a rookie.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 3 years ago

It takes more time Raymond, but part of the job is teaching and informing.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Take the compliment and say thank you. It's what you do.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 3 years ago

I do Sheila and still think that to me things seem old hat, but not to everybody!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay Markanich you had so many Marvel's you should have your own Marvel Character ;)

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

That's just maavelus dahling...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 3 years ago

Thanks Don, but I have been a slow, gentle-to-myself marvel lately...

Fred - where can I get me one of those?  The back scratcher that is, not the chick.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay,

All of the years of hard work, training and education have made you the consummate professional you are today.  Thanks for sharing that knowledge with the rest of us.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 3 years ago

Thanks Stephen.  It is a lot of hard work.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Great post... however, sometimes it is a good idea to pat your self on the back publicly!  

Fred Hernden great picture and it reminded me of something I read in a self help book years ago. That lead me to my comment on this post. THANKS!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 3 years ago

Thanks Sussie!  And I want one of those scratchers!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

That's not a back scratcher.... it a self "pat yourself on the back" device!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 3 years ago

Wow, and here I thought I could scratch my back with it!

Prefer the scratch mode, frankly.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

If you want to scratch your back just back up to an open door jamb. It's much harder to pat yourself on the back! 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 3 years ago

Funny you say that Fred.  I back up to a corner and scratch my back all the time while I'm talking to clients during inspections!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

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