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I Would Not Walk Out Onto This Deck!

I would not walk out onto this deck!

Why?  Because it looked to me like it would collapse at any minute.

These are only a couple of the problems with this deck.

Ledger beams are the long boards that attach to the house.  In this era ledger beams were lag bolted onto the house, and every 24".  That is no longer the case.  Now through bolts are used, they are in a W pattern, and much closer together.

The ledger beams on this 40 year old house were lag bolted, and coming loose because the siding material onto which they were screwed was completely rotted.

Also, the straps were very deteriorated and many of them had actually broken!  The joists were ready to pop off or out of them at any minute.

AND THESE WERE ONLY A COUPLE OF PROBLEMS WITH THIS DECK!

I did not want to go out onto it and asked the family not to.  But they insisted and the whole crew, including a baby, went out, despite my protests, and began bouncing to see how strong the deck was!

I did not want to go out onto it and asked the family not to.  But they insisted and the whole crew, including a baby, went out, despite my protests, and began bouncing to see how strong the deck was!

And here is the kicker.  Not only did my inspection save them untold stress and tens of thousands of dollars from this poorly-cared-for house, they canceled the contract.  I got a call from the agent last night saying they had a contract on another house and wanted me to do the inspection.  But they wanted a 50% discount!  They felt they deserved the discount because they already had to pay for another inspection.

Ummmm ... no.  I did an inspection, IN THEIR LANGUAGE!, and did it well.  They paid me for my service, and paid my minimum fee.  I have a minimum fee for a reason, and they will have to honor that or get someone else. 

My recommendation:  home inspections are to inform.  Sometimes the information is bad!  And there are times when I even save the buyers lots of future expenditure.  That should be worth a whole lot!  But it is not worth a 50% discount...

 

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 • April 22 2017 09:24AM

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HOLY COW!  It took over an hour to post this blog.  The "computer" kept cutting off the photos, or my words, or not allowing me to type.  Last week the "computer" would not allow me to post photos, so I could not post for a few days.  I wonder why all these bugs keep coming up?  I wish they would not...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

And I just learned that comments that I am notified came did not post.  Please let me know if your comment does not appear.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Yicks....scary stuff...David is going on an inspection this afternoon and tonite we are having dinner with our inspector and his wife...would you and Wanda like to join us ?  The Country Squire in Muskego at 7.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

I'd love to, but my last inspection tonight will not end until about 6pm, and then I have reports after that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jay. What a story. You did your job and should be paid. Discounts don't work for me either.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jay. Hard to understand their thinking regarding a discount. Maybe you should only inspect half of the next home? Then again, NO! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 1 year ago

I am glad you did not budge on your fee, Jay Markanich ! You wonder about the inner workings of the human mind to rationalize how these buyers really thought they were entitled to a discount.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 1 year ago

Discount your price and then report in unfinished sentences:

"The deck requires repairs due to a..."

That's worth half off! Have a great day!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management) over 1 year ago

I had a seller call me about an inspection I did on his house for buyers that backed out of the deal, he wanted to use my inspection from 6 months ago and wanted me to send him a copy of that inspection. He negotiated the original contract with them and agreed to pay for the inspection, so he thought it was his and could use it anytime he wanted. I was like Hahahahaha, it's the BUYERS inspection, they just talked you into paying for it, it's 6 months old!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 1 year ago

Wow, that's a little insulting not thinking of the fact that you saved them from a true money pit? The more you do the more you discount lol!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 1 year ago

Hey Jay, where is your sense of adventure and danger? Go ahead, make my day!

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 1 year ago

Sheila - I have a minimum and that is that.  If I start mucking with pricing then I am only hurting myself.

Wayne - yesterday, after inspecting only a portion of the interior and the built-up wood beam in the crawl space the buyers canceled the rest of the inspection!  That beam was a disaster - cracking, sagging and eaten alive by termites.  So, in effect, I did about half the house.  But got paid the whole fee!

S&N - I get the discount thing when people first call.  Usually they say this, "I deserve a discount because I know a lot of people and will refer you a lot of business."  Ummmm, again, no.

Nathan - that's thinking outside the box!  I like it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Fred - I have had the same!  Unbelievable.  One guy called me about an inspection report on the house he bought, from the people I did the original inspection for a few years prior, and wondered why I said something that years later proved not to be true.  Well, let's think together here...

Lyn - this house was as frightful as the deck!  They did not have the money to handle everything they were "buying."

Joe - would make for a lovely spring!  Get it...?  And see you next fall!  Gee, all these seasonal references that aren't only seasonal.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

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