Be Sure To Check The Back Side (I'm Not Referring To People, People!)

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

When you are on a home inspection and the feature list says to look at particular things, be sure to check the back side (I'm not referring to people, people!).

Yes, the features included a "beatifully refurbished and painted deck!"

OK, very nice.  Let's have a look.

When I hear or see the word "refurbished," I am going to check out everything!

Now let's see, the "refurbishER," um:

1.  Didn't notice this while caulking and painting it.
2.  Ran out of caulk.
3.  Thought the bare wood needed to breath.
4.  Was sure that since this is on the BACK SIDE nobody would notice until he is long gone.
5.  Forgot his duct tape ... bummer.

Well, take your pick. 

Have some fun with it!

Remember what the Knight's Templar said when giving advice to two people who were choosing the Holy Grail from the large selection offered:  "Choose wisely."

My recommendation:  features lists are great.  Features lists are probably very honest.  Features lists have not necessarily been inspected.  FEATURES LISTS MUST BE INSPECTED!

 

 

 

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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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Rainer
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

I'm sure you inspect everything. A features list is incidental. But that's a courious 'feature' on that post base. Even without the paint-rot-blister, I'd be wondering what that base 'moulding' was covering.

The mix of painted wood and unpainted deck and tread surface is a curious 'feature' to me as well.

Oct 21, 2012 06:57 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Home Inspector

I like the ones that fill the rotted area with caulk and paint over it. It is easy to spot because the surface is smooth and not the natural wood texture. So usually you can poke your finger right through the soft "rotted" wood. Fool me? Not!

Yours was a little more obvious... have a great day!

Oct 21, 2012 06:58 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

LOL...I'll go w/ option 5...or maybe all of the above.

Oct 21, 2012 07:02 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Nancy Conner
Managing Broker - City Realty Inc - Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Ooooops! Looks like refurbisher fail to me!
Oct 21, 2012 09:37 AM #4
Rainer
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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Good morning Jay. The old "can't see it from the street" mentality at work there. lol. Had it been indoors I am sure "drywall would cover it".

Oct 21, 2012 10:12 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

I have to say that even Uncle Bob would at least painted or tried to. As far a s not being seen from the street. That would be a government worker. LOL

Have a good day my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Oct 21, 2012 11:32 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

All the posts had that wrapping Robert.  I guess they thought it looked good.  The decking and treads are painted, kind of a brown/gray, and in my opinion it would be slippery when wet.

Fred - I don't know why they do that when they can so easily go to the paint store for some spackle...

Ha!

Any apply probably Debbie.  Your choice is a good one though!

Nancy - definitely!  The grades are already out in the mail.

 

Oct 21, 2012 12:04 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I guess he could have used drywall Randy, but didn't have any more?

Clint - once I said it was good enough for gubment work and my mother nearly bit my head off.

Oct 21, 2012 12:05 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Eric Middleton
Closer Look Property Inspections Inc. - Uniondale, NY
Professional Property Inspector

Hey Jay,

A little wood filler and duct tape and she's good as new.lol

Oct 21, 2012 06:05 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Jay, I've heard that having proper ventilation was always important so having that wood in breathable condition is to be expected, right? Hard to believe the refurbisher would think that blemish would be missed.

Oct 21, 2012 08:14 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I think a nice quart of spackle should do it Eric.  Yeah, that's it.

Wayne - and important here in our humid climate!  At least maybe they thought...

Oct 22, 2012 01:40 AM #11
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Wise Custom Realty - Bentonville, AR
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.

Morning Jay a wise reminder in checking out the backside.  Have a great day sir and be sure and check out the backside as I know you will

Oct 22, 2012 02:31 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

All day long James!  And I look at houses sometimes too.

Oct 22, 2012 02:43 AM #13
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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties

Jay -- maybe someone would miss this, if it were on the underside, but how is one supposed to miss it otherwise?  Doesn't compute.

Oct 22, 2012 01:19 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

To see it one has to walk around the back side of the deck, battle with bushes, and reach in with a camera to get a photo Steven!

Oct 22, 2012 04:06 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jay, I just really hate when my backside starts to rot ; )

Oct 22, 2012 07:15 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Try some medicated powder or cream Don.  Works for me.  Duluth Trading has a "Monkey Butt" cream.  I hear it's good!

Oct 23, 2012 01:41 AM #17
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I hate it when I forget my duct tape. 

Oct 23, 2012 04:51 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

If I had had mine I would have repaired it right there Jim.  But, couldn't find it on my tool belt hook.

Oct 23, 2012 06:45 PM #19
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