You know the type.
You have seen them all along the streets of America.
Dressed to the nines–
–and sure to stop traffic or cause an accident.
Ahhh, if only looks were everything!
They are an inspector’s nightmare.
I mean I don’t go out of my way to be a deal killer, but when someone spends more time “dressing up” than they do of taking care of what is “inside and underneath,” what is a poor inspector to do. The other day I did an inspection where everything was in place. It had an awesome location on the beach, awesome curb appeal, good maintenance of the exterior, roof in great condition, and interior completely remodeled–very tastefully. A buyer’s–dream come true.
Unfortunately, just like (or unlike) the hottie walking down the street in a short-short-sundress–or sitting on the dock in a bikini–things underneath and inside–things hidden– were actually in turmoil.
The attic looked as if the electrician was a schizophrenic spider that exploded in a cotton candy machine—-wires were running all over the place. The laundry list of electrical defects in the attic, and throughout the home, could not have been hidden under a circus tent–never mind a short-short sundress.
While none of us likes the surprises we find after the fact, when we have allowed ourselves to be seduced by a pretty sundress, sooner or later everyone has to face the music.
But why do I have to be the one to undress her?
Can’t the inspector allow the illusion to linger for a while?
At least until closing time?
They should all look prettier at closing time.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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