Tenants Working Hard To Find An Incorrect Solution To Everything

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

The house was amazing, with the tenants working hard to find an incorrect solution to everything.  It had been rented for 3 years.  It was a disaster.  Half way through the inspection my client's Realtor approached me from behind and said, "Jay, we're going home now.  You coming?"

I THINK THAT MEANT THE INSPECTION HAD CONCLUDED.  BUMMER!  I HADN'T EVEN GOTTEN TO THE KITCHEN YET!

Outside, in addition to a boat load of other things that bothered everyone, we noticed the gutters.

EVERY SINGLE GUTTER WAS FULL TO THE RIM.

EVERY SINGLE GUTTER WAS COMING OFF THE HOUSE.

EVERY SINGLE GUTTER WAS ATTACHED TO A BURIED DRAIN LINE IN THE GROUND.

EVERY SINGLE BURIED DRAIN LINE WAS FULL OF MUD AT THE GROUND LEVEL.

EVERY SINGLE BURIED DRAIN LINE HAD AN EXIT NOBODY COULD FIND.

Okay, that is pretty normal!

But this particular gutter had more in store!

This gutter was draining its load onto the AC compressor!

Indoors the tenants noticed a problem.

The problem the tenants noticed was that the AC air flow was VERY low indoors.  It is hardly blowing at all actually. 

And they noticed, OBVIOUSLY, that the gutter was draining directly onto the AC compressor.

Their solution to fix the problem is interesting, to say the least!

And there it is!

Keep the water off of and away from the inundated compressor!

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT WHEN THE AC IS NOT BLOWING HARD, THE PROBLEM IS WATER ON AND AROUND THE OUTDOOR COMPRESSOR.

A ramp and dam is built on the left side.

A deflector is carefully placed on top.  Hint:  DON'T cover your AC compressor!

This is a three-year-old compressor.  See the dryer vent to its left?  The fins are full of lint.  That might be a part of the problem, huh?  And that poor electric meter is so battered by water it is coming loose from the house.  Yummie!

BUT, ALAS AND ALACK, THIS "SOLUTION" DOES NOTHING TOWARD THE IMPROVEMENT OF AIR FLOW INDOORS.  WHAT MIGHT HELP IS REPLACING THE ONE FILTER IN THE CEILING OF THE UPPER LEVEL.  THAT WAS SO CLOGGED WITH, UM, STUFF THAT NO AIR COULD GET THROUGH IT NO MATTER WHAT IS DONE OUTSIDE!  IF I HAD TO BET, THAT FILTER HAS NOT BEEN REPLACED SINCE THESE INGENIOUS FIX-IT MASTERS HAVE BEEN IN THE HOUSE.  THAT'S THREE YEARS!

Impressively, it is obvious to me that nobody, no homeowner, no neighbor, no friend and certainly no property manager, has been by this house to see it in three years.  This house is a disaster.  It has had such NON-CARE by the homeowner that the tenants have tried to fix things themselves.

I ASSURE YOU, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

This house is a mess not because of the tenants, although they aren't the cleanest people in town.  It has been destroyed, and I mean destroyed, by the homeowner.  I am not sure what he thinks he is doing with his "investment," but in its present state I cannot imagine that anybody would buy it.  I am shocked the Realtor and his clients thought it wise to offer a contract and "see what the home inspector finds."

My recommendation:   when it is known that a house is an "investment property," and the condition has every appearance of non care, I would recommend that you NOT wait to see what the home inspector has to say.  As much as you or your clients see, what the home inspector will see is likely much, much more.

A WORD TO THE WISE...

 

 

 

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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


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Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
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Jay, I love Myrl's comment above, "Some flipper could come in and cover all that up with siding, and no one would ever know. . .LOL!"  The title of this post is priceless and right on target! 

Jun 27, 2012 10:46 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Tanja - unfortunately this particular realty firm specializes in trashy places like this.  They probably saw little unusual.

Bob - that is the critical thing, determining what you are getting into when you purchase.

Muriel - that is a very good policy!  I don't ever remember coming into a situation like that!

Myrl - one of their specialities!  There were so many things on this house that siding could not cover up though, I have to wonder what a flipper could do!

Jun 27, 2012 12:44 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Terkel.  That would be a lot of fu, but they would have to edit out a whole lot of my siliness!

Sharon - thanks.  That is pretty much the crux of it!

Jun 27, 2012 12:47 PM #36
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Westwood, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Sounds to me like the agent had no idea what they were looking at when they showed the house and wrote the contract.  All of this damage is so obvious.  As a REaltor® I would never suggest to the home inspector that we are done.  That is his time and not mine.  He has a responsibility to the buyer who hired him.  I would think that some buyers would not want to pay for an inspection if they left half way through.  That is not the inpsectors fault

Jun 27, 2012 01:34 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Sheila Cox
www.SugarLandTxHome.com - Sugar Land, TX
Sugar Land Real Estate Agent

Good grief! What I wonder is, was the real estate agent that clueless, or did the prospective buyer ignore his or her recommendations? Some people just won't listen, as I'm sure you know. 

Jun 27, 2012 01:51 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That could be Larry, but the buyer wanted to terminate the inspection while we were still outdoors and the realtor suggested they go inside to see if there was anything more.  The inside visit didn't last long!

Sheila - I can't understand why they even put a contract in on this house, but I might be right in thinking they wanted to see what I would think about the house.  Thinking maybe it wasn't so bad!

Jun 27, 2012 02:23 PM #39
Rainer
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Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

These are easy problems to fix.  Just slash the price!

Jun 27, 2012 02:56 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

My understanding was that it is priced way undermarket to begin with Thomas, but I don't know the extent of all that.  I just do my thing!

Jun 27, 2012 03:00 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Jay,

Glad to hear they threw in the towel on this one.  Hopefully the next home they negotiate on will be in better shape - of course, you will be there to show them what's what!

Jun 27, 2012 03:49 PM #42
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Amanda S. Davidson
Living A Dream Real Estate - Alexandria, VA
Your Northern Virginia Realtor

Jay- Makes me wonder who would spend the money to put a new air unit in and then do this to it? The owner is down right abusing his investment. I agree, don't think I would have advised an offer to clients in the first place on this one. Hopefully the next one you inspect for them will be better.

Jun 27, 2012 04:01 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

They did finally Lisa.  I was glad too.  When I am looking at houses like this I fear for the buyers.

Amanda - that unit is three years old and those tenants have been there three years.  It may be that the seller was trying to get the unit ready for tenants and then let it go.

Jun 27, 2012 04:05 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have seen homes like this my favorite was the guy that wanted siding and put floor tile all over the exterior of his house.

Jun 27, 2012 04:52 PM #45
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Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

Jay, Another great story as always. Being a landlord is dangerous wityh tennents like that.

Jun 27, 2012 09:39 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Tom Bailey
Crystal Coast Realty & Home Services, LLC - Atlantic Beach, NC

Jay there is in my mind a bigger question about this house. Looking like this, how the Hell did it get to the inspection stage? 

Jun 28, 2012 02:15 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, obviously, Gene, he got it on sale!

Wayne - if you want to be a landlord, take care of your house!

I don't know Tom.  I think they just wanted to see what I would have to say about it.

Jun 28, 2012 03:13 AM #48
Rainer
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Brad Baylor
ERA Coup Agency - Milton, PA

Jay - Nothing like an absentee landlord.

Jun 28, 2012 07:12 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Jay , I see hoeowners doing this most often.  You wonder if they are suicidal!

Jun 28, 2012 10:49 AM #50
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I think this guy was/is way, way absentee Brad!

Bob - it sure killed this deal!

Jun 28, 2012 11:16 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Good advice but as you said in the end, the tenants were left to fend for themselves & weren't the most knowledgeable. Some people really shouldn't own a house.

Jun 28, 2012 12:00 PM #52
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

They shouldn't yet, as they are used to tenancy Lyn.  But when they do, they need to take some classes!

Jun 28, 2012 12:01 PM #53
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