"Kitchen Fan Comes As Is." The New Normal.

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Sometimes on listing information it will mention something like, "Kitchen fan comes as is."  That's a tip it doesn't work.  In this case they could have said, "Or isn't, as the case may be ... whatever."  This is The New Normal.

I was exceptionally amused when I saw the "kitchen fan."

And this apparently happened some time ago!

They were using the range with things in this condition!

Now, before you say there is no kitchen fan, and you might be right, there is a kitchen exhaust!

What, you say?

YES!  THAT FLAP LEADING TO THE OUTSIDE STILL OPENS!  SO YOU SEE, TECHNICALLY, THERE IS KITCHEN EXHAUST!

And I find the use of color exceptional!

See how it all blends!?

Remember I said this had happened some time ago?

Well, this little surprise in the wall was left in place also.

Yep, the old wiring remains.

AND, YES, IT IS HOT!

How fun!

My client asked me why they would leave an exposed, and still hot, electric cable in the wall.

My answer, and I didn't have a good one, was that maybe now and then they wanted to hook up a light bulb for cooking!

Knowing I was being facetious, and thinking it funny, that broke the ice for her. 

But the house was a mess overall.

This kind of thing is said to be the "new normal."

It really disturbs me that the market is this "normal" and buyers are having to absorb stuff like this. Often times dozens of things like this.

"Well, they don't have any money and can't fix these things," is the eventual explanation.

It's impossible to know if the price of the house reflects what will have to be done to it to bring it up to a maintained condition.

In this house, as in many I have been inspecting for the past couple of years, there were many things conveying "as is."  My client swore the list grew between her first visit seeing the house, and when we did the inspection.  And some things were missing that she saw as conveying when she first saw the house.  She was understandably upset by that.

My recommendation:  when you preview houses, look to see what comes "as is."  Keep the list with you when you do the home inspection and see if things have or have not changed!  I know an agent who takes photos!  If things have been broken, removed, or if there is a NEW list of what comes "as is."  If so, the house should be sold in the condition it was when it was first viewed and the offer was made.  The home inspector won't be much help when changes have been made!

 

 

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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
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The market is becoming "trickle up as is" James!

Aug 27, 2012 05:07 AM #6
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Jay,

I bet the buyer was wanting to install a new fan, or have it replaced by the seller.

Kinda hard to hide that damage to the hood and cabinets.

Great way to see how a stove fire can damage things. Newly weds? LOL

Have a great day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 27, 2012 05:09 AM #7
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Trust me Clint, the only solution for this kitchen in general was gutting and redoing.

Aug 27, 2012 05:14 AM #8
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Nice! Btw that is an electric hot dog cooker, not a hot wire. 

Aug 27, 2012 05:57 AM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Super cool Jim.  And by the looks of that cable and wire you might be right!

Aug 27, 2012 06:06 AM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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I can honestly say that while our Short Sales are "as is" sales....what you see is what you get and the get doesn't change....our sellers are forever grateful and try to keep things as best they can.

Aug 27, 2012 06:12 AM #11
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This is not a short sale S&D.  And I agree, what you see should be what you get.

Aug 27, 2012 06:16 AM #12
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Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
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I am amazed that there was someone living in a house with that!  And using the stove.  With the advent of cameras on every smart phone, it is easy and free to snap photos. I usually do that at inspections but I will start to do this on showings for ones that might be "the one".

Aug 27, 2012 07:16 AM #13
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Kathryn - I find that light fixtures seem to get replaced a lot, from great to not-so great.  It's an idea anyway!

Aug 27, 2012 07:24 AM #14
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Doug Dawes
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Georgetown, MA
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Ya, the new buzz words are "The New Normal." Author Patsy Claremont quipped in one of her books, "Normal is just a setting on your dryer." I believe that. There is no such thing as normal anymore. Was there ever?

Aug 27, 2012 07:50 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

There is a whole lot of new stuff lately Doug, that is called normal!

Aug 27, 2012 07:58 AM #16
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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA
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Jay -- not sure if Jim got it right about the hot dog cooker, as the wire ends look a bit close for that to me.  I am guessing that wire was on a circuit with several other items that were still in use.

Aug 27, 2012 11:28 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

They probably took it off of one of the kitchen receptacles Steven.  Excellent!

Aug 27, 2012 01:09 PM #18
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
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Distressed sales have caused this rash of "as is" conveyances.  It is, indeed, the new normal for many properties today.

The cure for not getting involved with these properties is for the buyers having realistic expectations.

Buyers who focus on price, price, price, may be buying junk, junk, junk.

The rule is, as is sales convey as is.

The reality is, you get what you pay for.

Aug 27, 2012 01:26 PM #19
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

True words Lenn.  This house is distressed because the former owner had lived there for many years and died, leaving it in the condition it was at that time.  It is an estate sale now, meaning the "kids" ain't doin' nuttin'!

I was afraid for this buyer, but can't control what she does!

Aug 27, 2012 01:38 PM #20
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jay, These home are always a tough one. Unless you are will and and have the financial means to correct these issues rarely are they a good deal.

I bet you had a serious laundry list on this one.

Aug 27, 2012 02:58 PM #21
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Lisa Von Domek
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Hello Jay,

Wow, someone was really cooking in that kitchen...I assume your buyer is getting this home at a really great price, even so - it may be time to move on to another house!

Aug 27, 2012 03:12 PM #22
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I agree Don, and this client does not have that means.  Her brother is an electrician.  That's great, but there is a whole lot here of just that!

Lisa - I don't know the price, or how it would compare to a well-maintained house in this market.  But still, there is an awful lot here!

Aug 27, 2012 05:41 PM #23
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Jay, does that kitchen come with a barbecue or is it merely barbecued.

Aug 27, 2012 08:38 PM #24
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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It is quite the convenient kitchen for barbequing Shadow!  You don't need to go outside!  Just open the flap and let the smoke out!

Aug 28, 2012 04:06 AM #25
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