Armed and Dangerous! We hear this on the cop shows and sometimes on the news reports, but how many of us actually confront someone like this:
As a Home Inspector, I think I can get a pretty good idea about what I am inspecting from my first impression. This can sometimes be a big mistake! A well kept house on the exterior can end up being a complete disaster on the inside and vice versa. When we inspect, we find all sorts of things either because people don't think we will be looking in those places or they just don't care if we look! I have found guns (both big and small) in closets, under beds, behind the door, even in the toilet tank! The same goes for smoking paraphernalia, adult toys, and other sometimes unidentifiable objects! I have even found people sleeping in a bed when we were told that there was nobody at home!
The point is - we have to be careful because you never know whats there. I did an inspection yesterday on a "vacant" house. It turned out that the house was no so vacant! The seller had changed the locks and only she and the Realtor had the keys. This, however, created a problem for the individual living in the basement. It should have been a clue from the outside when I noted the broken and missing basement windows. This is how the basement dweller is getting in and out of the property! Luckily for us, they were not around during the inspection!
The picture on the upstairs window was apparently ignored!