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I knew this was going to be an interesting inspection when the realtor contacted me to say it would!

She is someone who means what she says, and knowing her as I do, I believed her!

Getting to the inspection early I took a quick walk around and this is what greeted me at the front door!

I thought, "Welcome home!"

The porch top is cracked, with overgrowth through and all around.  The stoop is sagging, as is the front step. It certainly needs total replacement.

I think this door wasn't used much!

The buyer is no dummy.  She has specific things in mind that she is looking for and seemed mostly unfazed by what we discovered during the inspection.  And we discovered a lot!

She is very circumspect too, leaving no stone unturned!

Her search was basically on line, with her realtor's input and advice.

She came from out of the country for the home inspection, stayed a couple of days and then returned.

The house is old, minimally cared for, and will have to be renovated.  That can be done piecemeal as it is basically habitable.

Not every client can look past the remodeling needed, and can plan the steps necessary to bring the house into a more comfortable and modern condition.  Virtually everything in the house will need to be improved or remodeled.

I am always impressed when they can see into the future to what they want to accomplish with a house.  It's a very large property also, so the grounds and surrounds will need a lot of work as well.  Just from my short visit with her she seems like the type to be able to get it all done.  We'll see where it goes from here!

My recommendation:  the home inspector's job is to identify what is possible on a house and report on it.  Recommendations as to what should be remodeled is not a part of this process.  I have done inspections on real heaps that people have fixed up beautifully.  However, I do counsel that the process is likely to take longer and cost more than expected!  But one day, despite the front door greeting we got at this home inspection, someone will drive up and go to this same front door and think, Welcome Home!

 

 

 

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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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Gary Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
California Broker and REALTOR

Jay, I like your post as always, and I agree with Richard (#10) above.  Any house will sell if the price is right.  Small fixes are curable, and if someone can overlook the needed repairs and see opportunity, they can get a great buy.

Sep 13, 2012 07:35 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Shadow Inspector - to that I have to say HA!  That has to be true!

Ashley - they can when properly instructed!  Might it also help to show them this blog?

Thanks Dale.  I think that was exactly the plan here.

Sep 13, 2012 07:38 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Gary - this is going to be a lot of money for virtually every system, except heating (new furnace).  The duct work needs work though!

Sep 13, 2012 07:39 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
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Jay. It must be nice to have a client who doesn't panic at things that can be fixed. First time buyers are probably the worst.
Sep 13, 2012 07:56 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

For sure Valerie.  First time buyers wouldn't be buying a property like this!

Sep 13, 2012 08:04 AM #32
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Jay- I'll never forget the first time I looked at a "previously owned" home after living in our newly built home for a few years.  Once I got over the initial let down I was able to use a new set of eyes whenever we were looking for a home.  

Sep 13, 2012 08:42 AM #33
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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
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I bet you love dealing with an informed buyer who knows the house will not be perfect!

Sep 13, 2012 08:59 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jay - Are you saying this property is a "Cosmetic Fixer". . .LOL  I have shown many homes which had either plants, trees or varmints taking up residency.   Some of them are even vacant:-)

Sep 13, 2012 09:00 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Kathy - doing that does change one's perspective!  It's good to put on a different set of glasses.

Mike - she knew that going in and was very informed!

Myrl - this house is VERY vacant!  And has been.

Sep 13, 2012 09:18 AM #36
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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
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I think this house is probably a good buy...if most of the work is cosmetic.  Most buyers do not mind putting in sweat equity if the house is sound.

Sep 13, 2012 09:18 AM #37
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Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

I hope she got it at a low enough price to do all the remodeling and repairs.  I'm sure she did, considering you said the agent was super.

Sep 13, 2012 09:21 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I think there is more than just cosmetics here Ginger!

Debbie - I don't know what the price is, but she thinks it's very attractive!

Sep 13, 2012 09:23 AM #39
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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties

Jay -- thanks for a great picture of what can happen when things just are not taken care of by the owner.

Sep 13, 2012 01:09 PM #40
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

It's always nice dealing with clients who can look past those sorts of things and recognize the potential of the home.

Sep 13, 2012 02:08 PM #41
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Jay:

It used to be that most of the homes I sold needed a lot of updating and renovation work.  Most of my clients could see beyond the work and see how great the homes bones were.

Sep 13, 2012 03:07 PM #42
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Steven - I have a feeling it has been like that for some time!

Kevin - I don't know where things went from there, but she is a very circumspect buyer!

Evelyn - there was a lot to do here, but she seemed willing to take it on.

Sep 13, 2012 05:43 PM #43
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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
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Hi Jay, If this property were a listing of mine, I would at least remove those loose stepping stones just to prevent a hazard and clip the viens away. No excuse for this! When I see professionals leaving things like this that are a risk to the public coming on that property.....enough said.

Sep 13, 2012 11:10 PM #44
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

William - the property is sold completely as is.  There was much, much more which could have been done to make the house more presentable!

Sep 14, 2012 02:10 AM #45
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I admire anyone who has the ambition to take on a project of such magnitude. You buyer sounds like she knows what she's in for, I believe that is not always the case. 

Sep 15, 2012 04:38 AM #46
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This house will be a lot of work Jim.  It is basic now, but I think she sees a lot more potential than a large percentage of buyers.

Sep 15, 2012 04:44 AM #47
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