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The Listing Said, "Everything Updated." In 1980. Except The Electric.

The building was constructed in 1956 and the listing said, "Everything Updated" - in 1980.  Except the electric.

And it was an old fuse box as well!

The AC unit was newer than that though - it was dated 1993.

When they replaced the AC it might have been because there had been a problem with the previous unit.

Or maybe the previous fuse for the unit.

A very serious scorch had happened somewhere a long the way!

That might be the reason for the newer AC fuse in the fuse box.

So, it was true - everything was updated, even the electric!

However, was the box compromised?  Did that scorch do damage to other components inside the box?

Evaluation is certainly needed, if not a complete upgrade to the system!

My evaluation:  this building was converted to condos in 1980.  When that happened of course some things were updated to the code then to comply with condo regulations.  But the electrical system did not need to be updated apparently.  Newer systems often are not compatible with older electrical wiring and fuses.  An upgrade in this regard is highly recommended, and was on this inspection.  But when you see a scorch it is NEVER a good sign.  Attention needed!  But when a listing says that everything is updated, a 1980 or 1993 time frame is not exactly what people understand...

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 11 commentsJay Markanich • September 24 2016 02:11AM

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Good morning Jay,

Thankfully we do not see many fuses anymore!

And have to check some of the early upgradesfrom fuses to circuit breakers.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 4 years ago

Very sad when real estate agents give in to demands from sellers to mislead potential buyers. Fortunately, you are there to help avoid major issues. The listing agent had to know better!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. Some more updating necessary! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 4 years ago

The scorch may have been caused by thge penny that was stuck in to complete the circuit:)

Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) almost 4 years ago

I don' either, Raymond, and when I do it is time to recommend an upgrade.

S&N - once I did an inspection on a townhouse for which the listing information said, "Water view."  That was the reason my clients went to the house in the first place.  It turned out that the street storm sewers dumped water into a pit behind their house, which filled from time to time, but was dry when we saw it.  I thought it pathetic that an agent would put that in the listing info, but it got the house seen and sold.

For sure Wayne!  And with a new kitchen and AC unit to boot!

I have heard about that, David, and remember a video in my shop class in junior high school telling us not to do it, and why.  But I confess to never taking fuses out to check behind them!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Jay, Everything updated noted by listing agent is so misleding. Electrical equipment problems of any nature should not be messed with and fixed immediately. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 4 years ago

That's the conclusion my client came to at the inspection, Bob.  There is no real reason to do that.

Do unto others...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Never a good sign when they let the magic smoke out.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 4 years ago

I don't know what they were smoking either, Stephen, but they tried to sell it that way!

Says he, with a grin...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Another very good reason for home buyers to always opt for a professional home inspection.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

There are a million good reasons, Roy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

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