If you can't get to it, you can't tell how old it is

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Prior to becoming a Realtor, I spent a few years working for my Partner's home inspection company. I remember one time when we took nine people to a very large house just to keep the inspection time down to something reasonable. After all, if one inspector takes nine hours, then it would seem logical that nine inspectors would take one hour. Total work-hours is the same.

Anyway, I learned many things that help me help my Clients before the home inspector ever arrives. One of those is how to read serial number coding on water heaters to determine how old they are. It's quite easy except for a couple of brands—and for those I carry a cheat sheet. However, it really doesn't matter what brand it is if it looks like that in the picture. If you can't get to it, you can't tell how old it is.

My Client did like the extra storage space for shoes and dishes. It's always good when you can help Clients see how they might furnish the home and use certain spaces. LOL

 

 

 

 

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Dennis Sanchez
Coldwell Banker Susani Realty

it is always good to give the homeowner notice and ask if he could leave the boilers and hot water heaters clear  I guess.

September 26, 2008 01:58 PM
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Vickie Nagy
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932

Don't you just love it when you represent the buyer, show up for the inspection only to see the boxes floor to ceiling across both walls of the garage? Why don't [many] seller's agents properly instruct their sellers?

September 26, 2008 02:09 PM
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John Guiney
e-PRO, CBR
Keller Williams Realty

Jim - That's why I think one of the most practical closing gifts to give a new homer is a home owners manual complete with a record keeping section where they can record dates of service performed and keep their reciepts for that day in future that they too become a seller.

September 26, 2008 02:18 PM
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Rich Mielke
REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate
REMAX Results, Frederick MD

I always tell sellers to keep boxes and stuff away from walls, furnace, and water heaters and to not leave "stuff" in the oven, microwave, washer and dryer.

September 27, 2008 10:17 AM
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Marian Gregor-Ann
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Keller Williams

Hi Jim, It's always a good policy to have clients prepare for the inspection (as well as the appraisal). Take care of problems ahead of time then you won't have to deal with it plus an upset Buyer later!

ps- check out one of my horse pics (wordless wed).

December 18, 2008 05:31 PM
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