Anger management

Home Inspector with Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.

I inspected a house today that must have had a few stories to tell (if it could talk). Lots of holes in walls and doors. A lot of broken glass in the back patio (broken bottles and dishes).

But going into the kitchen stopped me in my tracks. The top of the cooktop was smashed to pieces. Now I have seen glass top cooktops that have had a tool dropped on them, and they pretty much just crack. As you can see from the photo, this one must have been smacked many, many times, with a lot of vigor.

The microwave door glass was broken too. 

Comments (16)

Bob Foster
Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario - Belleville, ON

I agree, Jack. That took a lot of effort. It's interesting to see what's inside though!

Mar 30, 2009 02:33 PM
David Ravashiere
David Ravashiere, Tee 2 Green Real Estate - Chandler, AZ

Was this a short sale or REO property?  It's not unusual for home owners to intentionally damage their property when they know they are going to lose it.  Too bad.

Mar 30, 2009 02:34 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Talk about anger management!  Someone might need to attend twice.

Mar 30, 2009 02:37 PM
Sandy Gleason
North Pointe Realty - Buhl, ID
Realtor for Southern Idaho-Magic Valley

I would not have wanted to live with whoever was living there. It is sad that people act that way.

Mar 30, 2009 02:37 PM
Ron Bridges
ERA Wilder Realty, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Jack, I listed a home one time that had a gunshot through 3 walls.  I went looking and found a bullet stuck in a 2X4 in a closet.  Thankfully, the home was an REO and I didn't have to deal with the bunch that had lived there.

Mar 30, 2009 02:44 PM
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

Amazing the misguided anger we see nowadays.  I understand people are upset that they are losing their homes, but to take that anger out on the home itself is irrational.  We see this type of thing all the time in the Phoenix area. Best of luck for the rest of the year.

Mar 30, 2009 02:55 PM
Kimberly DuBois
RE/MAX The Producers - Millard, NE

I have been showing quite a few houses like that if not worse lately.  Interesting things out there. 

Mar 30, 2009 02:56 PM
Mark Hall
Realty One Group Cascadia - Vancouver, WA
Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington

You mean that isn't normal wear and tear? LOL

We are seeing some pretty crazy stuff in the REO's here in Vancouver WA.

Mar 30, 2009 02:57 PM
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Crazy..some people!!!

Mar 30, 2009 03:01 PM
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Jack - I just don't understand people. Why do they have to vandalize property. If you really think of it what really good comes of it.

Mar 30, 2009 03:39 PM
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

Jack, is that what a stone looks like? I never broke any so I really do not know they like that.

Mar 30, 2009 03:46 PM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

Some angry energy is in that house.  What a turnoff for a potential buyer. 

Mar 30, 2009 11:10 PM
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Those are pretty pricey too. Did you write that up as not operating as originally intended?

Mar 31, 2009 05:23 AM
Mike (Inspector Mike) Parks
Inspector Mike - Circleville, OH
Inspector Mike

I would be scare of what might be in the DWV (drain, waste, vent) lines.

Mar 31, 2009 12:44 PM
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

Hi: Jack, Wow that is a lot of damage by the home owner? I usual see that in bank owner home, that were vandalize by kids or the owner pry to leaving the home.

Apr 03, 2009 11:33 PM
Art White, Red Oak Realty, East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area

   We see a lot of strange things out there.  The homes that give me the goose bumps are those that have bedrooms with interior locks, like a chain, but the door has either been broken down or the lock forced and ripped from it's bolts.  Destruction of property is one thing, but what I refer to above might be more symptomatic of domestic violence.

Jul 12, 2010 12:25 PM