"There Is No Point In Getting An Estimate. There Is No Problem."

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

"There is no point in getting an estimate," said the sellers.  "There is no problem."

One area that frequently has problems on an older home is the large window over a front door.  The double window, with one square and another rounded palladium window on top is the worst.

This is the window over our front door.

There is no problem with this installation, and it has been there for 15 years.

The problem I find most frequently is that the installation leaks. 

It leaks between the two different windows.
It leaks around the sides.
It leaks at the bottom.

IT LEAKS!

Here is a window that is leaking now, and has been for some time.

The house is vacant with the sellers already in their next state.

One problem I noticed right away was the trim outside rotting and moving out of place.

Getting inside the window was leaking on both sides, onto and around the front door trim, and was even wetting and swelling the hardwood flooring at the front door.

This is one of many photos of the window.

It had not rained for many days prior to this inspection.

And yet the flooring was still registering 18% moisture!

Circumstances like this require an evaluation of current moisture levels.  If there is residual moisture, especially when it has not rained lately, this is an ongoing problem!

Given the amount of damage it looked to me like it had been happening a for long time.  There were no curtain rod holes, so it probably wasn't covered up by curtains.  I think the sellers should have known it was happening.

The selling agent called the listing agent.  After this and another problem was explained she said she would call back.

My clients only wanted to get an estimate of what it would take to repair each situation.  That's when they were told:

"There is no point in getting an estimate," said the sellers.  "There is no problem."

They were denied the opportunity even to get an estimate! 

There was the other problem of a severely wobbly toilet, which had stained and cracked the ceramic floor tiles around it, leaked onto the floor during a flush and around the toilet the sub floor was spongy.

Again, the sellers gave the same answer and my clients were denied the opportunity even to get an estimate!

EVEN AFTER RECEIVING THE PHOTOS AND GOING TO THE HOUSE THE LISTING AGENT SAID THERE WERE NO PROBLEMS!

I'm not sure I understand that, but the deal evaporated at that point.

My recommendation:  if sellers, or a listing agent, have their heads in sand and are unreasonable about a common sense approach to a problem, it may be wise to move on!  The best business is open and transparent.

 

 

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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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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
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Pamela - sellers sometimes amaze me.  And their agents.  If you want to sell your house, sell it!

I agree with all that Susan.  It is important to focus on the important!

July 24, 2012 11:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Susan Neal
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(Hi Jay - That agent is doing herself and more important, her client) no favors. Of course both buyer and seller need to know what repairs would cost. Then they can decide whether the cost is a deal killer or no big deal or if a compromise can be negotiated where buyer and seller each pay a share. Without that info, no one knows how to negotiate.
July 24, 2012 11:47 AM
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Kimo Jarrett
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Amazing how incompetent some agents are, aren't they? Simply reduce the offer to compensate for the repairs and if they reject, find another property, right?

July 24, 2012 02:03 PM
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Sharon Sanchez
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Jay unfortunately at times it seems like some agents and sellers are not trying to find a way to close a transaction when they do things that just don't make sense.  It makes you wonder if the seller really wants to sell and if the agent is in the business to make living.

July 24, 2012 04:24 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Well put Susan.  That is precisely why the buyers walked.

That's certainly a common sense way to handle it Kimo.  And sometimes agents surprise me.

Sharon - I am wondering what else is being covered up!  But no matter, my clients walked.

July 24, 2012 05:02 PM
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