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The Sellers Said They Don't Use The Dishwasher, And I Believe Them!

The sellers said they don't use the dishwasher, and I believe them!

Opening the door I saw the dishwasher was full of plates and small cups.  Full of them.

Since I am going to run the unit anyway I suggested they put soap in and run it on a wash cycle so what I do isn't wasted.

The homeowner said they don't use it, but he would find some soap and start it up.

Coming down a while later this is what I found!

Calling the seller I told him what happened and he said he didn't know what soap to put in it, so he filled the tray with the dish soap in the cabinet.

I said there is special soap for dishwashers that has bubble suppressants in it so this doesn't happen!  He said he thought any dish washing soap would work!

Telling him I felt badly because had I known he did not understand what soap to put in it, and had I seen what he was doing, I would have told him not to and that I would simply have tested the unit on a rinse cycle. 

And I offered to clean it up once the bubbles popped!

He said, "We never use it for anything but storing dishes.  We wash everything by hand."

And I believe him!

My recommendation:  sometimes we assume people know what to do in a given circumstance!  Well, you know what happens when we assume!  A simple suggestion that the dishwasher be run turned out to be a lesson for the seller.  What is life experience for?

 

 

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 50 commentsJay Markanich • November 02 2015 12:42AM

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 Good Monday morning Jay. Talk about foaming at the mouth! I would believe that they have never used the dishwasher either.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Oh that is funny, Jay.  I never would have expected that either.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

I believe all of us have made that mistake once. I know because I had to clean it up. What do kids know about dishwashers anyway?

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay. Not very common these days, but a few insist on doing dishes by hand! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay,

They were just trying to get rid of the clutter to do later!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Is anyone else getting the kinds of ads like the one above?  I seem to be getting a lot.  I guess they are attracted to sophistication, good looks and charm.

Michael - when he said that I believed him immediately!  And said so.

Debbie - had I known what he was going to do this could have been avoided!

Kevin - these were two adult brothers, not from the USA, selling their house together.

Wayne - I do our pots and pans by hand.  And the dog's bowls.

Raymond - they will have to rinse the inside very well before they can use that unit again!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

This is a good story to share. Many people have never operated a dishwasher. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago

I thought it was funny Roy.  But Kevin up there may be right!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay. Oh no. I see what you mean and agree with your conclusion. Don't assume.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

And I never try to make a gluteus maximus of myself or others, Sheila.

Sometimes I can't help it...

; >)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay Markanich What a great story! I am surprised the water pump in the dishwasher was not seized-up.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) almost 5 years ago

I'm not familiar enough with the circumstance to know what or if there are after effects, S&N, but when I got there bubbles were cascading down from the door.  You can see it in the photo.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Hahaha... soon as I saw the bubblinis I knew what happened! Just uses it for storage huh? That baby will brew up some nasty germage after a while!

But no worries, you have an offer for financing! I get plenty of those by email, but never here...lol

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

I knew what it was when I saw it too Fred.  But no matter.  That puppy is really clean now!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

We confirmed one thing, the seller is truthful !

Posted by DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY, Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia (Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent) almost 5 years ago

And one more thing Deanna.

A jug of Ajax dishwashING soap should not be used in the dishwashER.

Says he, with a wink.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Was the husbands name Desi and the wife Lucy?  Great story for a slow Monday, thanks!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 5 years ago

There was also that show where Fred and Ricky put too much rice in the pot.  Overflow.  Same theme, different stuff.

Glad you liked it Stephen.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good thing you didn't offer to run the washer as well.  It could have been a scene out of an I Love Lucy show.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 5 years ago

Agreed Ed!  Bubblicious is just that.

See my previous comment.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay- I hope you're writing a book about all of these oops! moments!  This is so funny!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

I have considered many different books Kathy.  The material is already written, it's just a way to compile it and make it attractive.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

 

                              Thanks for my Ah Ha moment!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for listing me again Kathy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good mornng, Jay Markanich OMG...I've never heard of anything so outrageous.... well, now you know they weren't fibbing about not using the dishwasher.... hope it works after never being used!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) almost 5 years ago

Barbara - it is a bona fide bubble producer.  That should wash a dish or two...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Funny.....I had a friend when I lived in NYC that never cooked, she used her oven to store some of her shoes.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Wow, glad I'm not related to these people. They STORE the dishes in the dishwasher but don't USE it. You must be great fun at a party! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 5 years ago

Jay, I'd believe that seller, too. You make a wonderful point about not making assumptions.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay Markanich ,

You could write a book on all your "Oops" moments! You can't make up these stories. So true about assumptions..the more obvious the assumption is the more there is room for misinterpretations!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

I've heard of this happening by accident, but this homeowner being so clueless is a new one on me. Although I do know people who never use their dishwasher.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 5 years ago

When my boy was young he did that once, trying to suprise us with a clean kitchen.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) almost 5 years ago

I think it was also a lesson for the inspector ; and now for the rest of us. Good post, Jay.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 5 years ago

That's a funny story! (maybe not to the seller, but I laughed).

They were definitely telling the truth!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 5 years ago

Roger - once I went to test the oven and turned it on, only to look inside and see it full of cookies and crackers!  It was a quick removal process then!

Gayle - I am fun no matter where I am!

Lottie - you know what happens!

Dorie - that could easily be one of my book topics!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Nina - I see it a lot too, but there are different soaps for different things!

Rob - I bet it is an oft-occurring happening!

Toni - you might be surprised how often I have seen this!

Kat - I told him I would write a blog on it and that would be the title!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

     I assume the dishes came out clean.  And the floor.  And your hands after you wiped up the excess soap.  LOL, what a hoot!

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I too once thought any old soap could be used in a dishwasher. Boy, was I wrong! The entire floor was covered in soap bubbles! lol

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 5 years ago

We have not turned on our dishwasher since 1984...... I am the dishwasher. What an excuse to not do it more efficiently?

Sam Shueh

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 5 years ago

yikes.  My mom uses hers only when she has company, but I'm pretty sure she and my dad know which soap to use.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

Beware of those who fail to use the dishwasher!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

Jay, I had to laugh one because they never used the dishwasher and two he didn't know what soap to put in it... well now he knows!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 5 years ago

How funny. I guess you won't make that mistake again.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 5 years ago

If I was them I would rinse the dishes Fred!

Pamela - they used a jug of Atlas dishwashing soap.  Lesson learned.

Sam - that dishwasher might be an electrical problem at this point!

Tammy - I know people who do that too.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Rebecca - two brothers selling the house and not from this country.

Georgie - I see sellers do this same mistake from time to time.  My mistake was asking them to run their dishwasher!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Interesting post.  I have always read that is take less water when using a dish washer but haven't met too many people who really never used it!  

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) almost 5 years ago

Jay, couple of months ago, a home inspector turned on the dishwasher without checking to see if there was anything in it, homeowners kept their papers and some other things that don't belong in the dishwasher. My sellers were not happy to find all their papers gone when they returned home.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 5 years ago

Shirley - I have no idea how much water a dishwasher uses (or how much wood a woodchuck could chuck), but I wash our pots and pans by hand!

Beth - I always check the dishwasher and the oven first!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

The take away . . . they have a very clean kitchen floor now.  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 5 years ago

Carla - when I was done, it was squeaky clean!!  I good, good boy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

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