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In An Attic, Two Buckets Are A Pair, But Three Are A Charm!

In an attic, two buckets are a pair, but three are a charm!

There was remodeling and many changes, upgrades and all you can imagine.  And nothing seemed done professionally.  Certainly permits were not pulled for anything.

There was a new bath vent and sky light in the bathroom.  They looked good from below.

THINGS ALWAYS ALMOST LOOK GOOD WHEN THEY ARE ONLY GLANCED AT!

But you have to look further!  Take the bathroom for instance.  It all looked good!

Let's see.

The new fan blows into the attic space, not outdoors.

And the skylight framing is weak, cuts a truss, is uninsulated and the insulation that was all around it was removed and never put back.

But I knew that already from the thermal camera's view.

 

 

 

The thermal camera could show everyone that there were huge voids without insulation all over above the bathroom and the skylight.

But going up into the attic the two buckets with water in them were an unexpected surprise!

Somebody knows something else that was not indicated by Mighty Mo, OR by the fresh paint and remodeling below!  The roof was leaking.

But to complete the set another bucket was discovered further down the attic.

Well, you need a complete ensemble!

And in three stylish colors.  Chic!  Decorative!

>  Now, does the Flipper really think  those buckets won't be discovered sooner or later?

>  Does the Flipper really think  that buckets solve a roof problem?

OR DOES FLIPPER THINK THAT THOSE BUCKETS ARE NOTHING MORE OR LESS THAN EXTRA LIPSTICK!?

What do I think?  My impression is the latter.  The more lipstick that can be slathered on the better.

It was not a very cold day outside, only in the 60s.  But can you imagine how uncomfortable this bathroom will be in the hot of summer or the cold of winter?

And what will happen when the buckets fill up?

My recommendation:  a home inspection does not have to be that intensive to find things like what are discussed here.  These are basic finds.  There were many other things in this house though, troublesome things.  And I worry for my clients when I see and are in love with the "remodeled" houses they want me to inspect.  What happens to people who buy houses without a home inspection and things like colorful, overflowing buckets in an attic space soak the ceiling below and ongoing roof leaking is discovered?   Who are they going to call?  The Flipper?  Good luck with that.

 

 

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 13 commentsJay Markanich • May 10 2016 03:53AM

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Very nice.... this guys and my guy that had the water heater  catch pans on the roof should get together! 

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

A catch here, a catch there, and pretty soon it's a baseball game, Fred!

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

Jay Markanich Creative none the less. Sometimes you got to wonder why.

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

But, Don, at least, at least (!), they are color coordinating their buckets!

Color coordination should be on everyone's bucket list.

 

Bada boom...

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

Hi Jay - Another poor flip, and a very easy catch. This whole flipping business isn't helped by the many reality programs that show complete idiots making buckets of money on their first flip. Everytime I walk into a flip now, the hair on the back of my neck stands up.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 3 years ago

With such a beautiful remodel, I'm surprised that the flipper didn't plumb the buckets into the septic system so they would drain automatically!  Who needs a new roof?

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

I see some of those shows now and then Dick, and have even written a few times about things I see them do.  For some very odd reason they never get back to me.  I have written "Make It Right Mike Holmes" three times with no answer.  One time he forgot a handrail on a 6' wide staircase going to the basement! 

Problem solved, Stephen!  Or a hose scotch taped into the bucket running to the gutter at the edge of the roof nearby!

 

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

Oh my goodness what a deal this one is buckets in the attic to catch the water. Hmm at least they were there for you to find and not removed ... Most likely forgot about them even being there. A quick fix at the time but not for long. 

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) almost 3 years ago

Perhaps, Laura, or hoped the house would not ever have an inspection.  I have heard the stories of people who see a house, and think it's in such great shape that an inspection would be a waste of money!

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

See, my guy was smarter! He put the catch pans on the roof with their own drain so he didn't have to go in the attic to empty them..... sheesh, get with the program man!

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

Your guy employed the old "sneak drain," Fred.  And very well done as I remember!

This guy employed the no drain.  Catch and wait.  And hope it doesn't overflow!

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

Definetly got some home made pig stick here Jay Markanich  !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

And the more vibrant the color, the prettier the pig, right S&D?

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

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