DO NOT PAINT smoke detectors. ( !! )
Some things we DO NOT PAINT.
Some things will even tell us -- "DO NOT PAINT".
In this newly-finished basement, by a homeowner, and without a permit, everything was painted.
Things were ALL spray painted. And it was indiscriminate - walls, ceiling, doors and trim.
The whole basement was decked out in flat paint.
This homeowner obviously had no idea that while spray painting may be the quickest way to get something done, it is not always the best way.
And there are things that MUST NOT be painted!
Like, um, smoke detectors.
This is a very old smoke detector and should have been replaced years ago.
And even being so old the manufacturer impressed into the plastic - DO NOT PAINT.
Nonetheless, that doesn't matter - it was painted so much the button was stuck and the portal for sensing smoke and heat was painted as well. Pushing the test button proved that the button was stuck and stiff. Obviously the device did not work. This homeowner put everyone in the house in danger.
On the upper left edge of the detector you can see the angle the sprayer was held in relation to the device. That area was missed, so the basement coat of paint overall was a single coat, and thin.
When I said everything was painted, it all was.
The receptacles and switches as well.
This receptacle obviously was sprayed directly into the holes as the lower opening is partially blocked.
A drip can be seen having dried in its trek downward from the grounding hole.
This guy was indiscriminate.
Ig - no - rant/ adjective - lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated about something in particular.
As regards finishing this basement, this homeowner was uneducated about what to do in general and in particular.
My recommendation: a home inspection is to observe and report the condition of the house, inside and out, on a given date. The listing features of this house touted many things, including a "Wonderfully Finished Basement!" While there were many reasons it was not wonderfully finished, or done by a professional, it was indicative of other "remodeling" we found throughout the house. When homeowners take on projects of this nature, it is always, always, always best to be knowledgeable and aware in general, and educated about some things in particular. That is the opposite of ignorant...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560