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Home Inspector with Integrity Home Inspections LLC

Good evening to all. Please know that I do believe that you A/R folks are more in-tune with the industry than others may be and this is not pennedto defame any of you. I appreciate this forum and the opportunity to share information and ideas and I certainly do not want to do anything to jeopardize that.

I got to a 1995 model $135K bi-level home today to do a standard general home inspection for a young client and her husband. The water was off, the hot water tank was not lit. Only five light bulbs were not burned out. The refrigerator and electric range were unplugged and the water line was disconnected from the ice-maker. The disposal had a locked rotor (would not run) and when the water was turned on the spigot at the kitchen sink spewed like old faithful.

My question is twofold: Doesn't a house show and sell better if these items are functioning properly? Is it within your realm as A/R Real-Estate professionals to encourage your counterparts and owners to prepare the homes for showing and suseqent inspections?

When the systems in homes function better (when the switch is flipped the lights come on) the inspection results are generally better as well. As I see it we are in this boat together and if we all pull on the oars the process should be allot smoother.

Blessings to you all

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Michael Reel
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Roxanne and Doris, Good thought on checking with the Realtor I will give it a try. Home inspection demand is high here and the number of inspectors is low so we are very busy but that idea may help some. The house was not occupied, it is not a foreclosure and it is a very nice home. It was just "not exactly". We really don't expect all of the homes to be perfect, if they were we would not have a reason to be in business. But it seems so simple to have the lights working and things plugged in if you are trying to put the best face on a property. Thanks for the input ladies.

May 27, 2008 05:00 PM
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This is a question I always ask. Is the electricity and water turned on? If they say no, my response is, "call me when these items are turned on" I don't want to waste your time and mine. I need for these items to be turned on in order to do the inspection.

However, in your case the electricity was on and the water was on; but what you said the house really needed some TLC. It would be great if the house was "made ready" to sell but so many people just don't have a clue and don't really care. In this economy they just walk out and don't even look back.

Hopefully someday people will once again take pride in home ownership.

Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

May 27, 2008 06:04 PM
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Michael, excellent point and right on target with having a home in top showing condition. It really is a Team effort between all parties in the transaction. Good post!

May 27, 2008 09:00 PM
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Michael Reel
Integrity Home Inspections LLC

Carl and Ceil, Thanks for your input, exactly what I do as well BUT........ We can only do what we can and my reason for writing was to hope that some of the professionals here on A/R would spread the message yet again. Thanks for stopping by, Blessings

May 28, 2008 04:43 AM
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Kevin Corsa
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In a perfect world, everyone would always have all their home maintenance done, light bulbs changed, door bell working, fresh paint, and all the clutter given to the Salvation Army, so that us home inspectors could just walk through without tripping on things, and not have to write so much. Ahh, but then maybe the need for us might dwindle....nah, never happpen!

 

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