I expect that every inspector has his or her own pet peeve that maxes out the old yuck-o-meter.
For me it is whirlpool baths.
There is nothing quite like waiting 40 minutes for the tub to fill up because someone didn’t bother to run large enough water lines to the thing, only to turn it on for a tenth of a second and watch a confetti of human skin, mold and who-knows-what-other-disgusting-stuff enter the tub.
Why don’t these things get cleaned before we have to test them?
I would think that having these tubs cleaned would be on every listing agent’s must-do-to-get-the-house-ready-to-sell list.
These tubs should be professionally cleaned once a year—-perhaps more frequently if the jets are never operated. It is apparent, that as cool as people think these things are, they never seem to get used after the novelty wears off. Over time, crud builds up in the water that stays in the lines when the tub is used without using the jets.
Some people swear that to lay back in one of these things, turn the jets on full blast and then listen to a 747 do a continuous landing over the bathroom, is relaxing. I am not so sure.
Cleaning up this mess is not relaxing either.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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