This story seems hard to imagine even as I write it—-especially in light of knowing that it actually happened.
I got a call from an agent to do an inspection on a new Condo. She was just checking on my availability and that the buyer would be contacting me shortly so that I could discuss the inspection process with her.
When I got the call, I quickly learned that this was a Condo conversion. We get a lot of these types of buildings, where just about the time a lot of maintenance is necessary, the owner decides to convert the buildings to condos so that the new buyers get to pay for the “maintenance/improvements”—-and the owner gets out from under an aging structure.
This inspection was made unusual by the fact that only 1 of the 40 units was completed—–and it was not the one she was buying. I was being asked to inspect the completed unit because the other 39 were all going to be the same as this one—–so what possible difference could it make?
My buyer wanted to know if this was “unusual” protocol with these types of sales.
I can think of a gazillion ways to describe the situation and “unusual” would be perhaps the most euphemistic.
Absurd, comes much closer.
While I am a huge fan of the absurd, in this context it seemed inappropriate, and I told her that under no circumstances could I possibly consider the inspection of a surrogate unit as an inspection of her unit—-and that she should wait until her unit was properly delivered completed.
If you take your identical twins to the doctor for a check up, would having the doctor look at just one of them be good enough to determine the condition of the other?—–not likely, and twins are likely to be at the same stage of completion!
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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