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

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!

October 22, 2012 04:06 PM
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Donald Hester
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Jay, I just really hate when my backside starts to rot ; )

October 22, 2012 07:15 PM
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

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

October 23, 2012 01:41 AM
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James Quarello
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JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

I hate it when I forget my duct tape. 

October 23, 2012 04:51 AM
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Jay Markanich
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If I had had mine I would have repaired it right there Jim.  But, couldn't find it on my tool belt hook.

October 23, 2012 06:45 PM
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