A little nervous today

Home Inspector with Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.

I was inspecting a 64 year old flip house today. Got to the basement stairs and looked down and got a little nervous. First of all, there wasn't a handrail. Second, the stairs were pretty steep, and thirdly, I could not see the bottom step. The last step looked like it ended a few feet above the floor.

So I decided to proceed slowly and be ready for a sudden trip to the floor. I got to the bottom and just had a hard time figuring out just what they might have been thinking.

I got enough photos on this house to make up at least a dozen blogs. Stay tuned for more postcards from the fringe. Got to love those flippers

Comments (10)

Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I bet they just ran out of wood.  Or maybe they didn't want water to touch the wood and rot the steps.  Maybe they just wanted that last step to be moveable.

Apr 07, 2009 07:48 AM
Andrew Haslett
Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI - Fort Knox, KY
Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector


Great photo! I wait with anticipation to see the rest of the photos.

Whoever built this house, probably built the one I inspected a week or so ago, with the electrical panel in the shower.

Apr 07, 2009 07:51 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


A guessing game. My guess is that the last step rotted from all that water coming from the HVAC (?) unit.

Electrical panels in a shower? Even I, a woman, knows better than that :)


Apr 07, 2009 08:13 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

LOL!  Being a flipper in a former like this is something that I would never do but have seen many others do.  Short cuts are no way to make a name for yourself.  I subscribed to your blog and look forward to other posts about this house!  Thanks for the laugh!

Apr 07, 2009 08:13 AM
Dan Callahan
Callahan's Home Inspections - Casper, WY

Looks like they recently hosed the place down and got it clean for ya!

Apr 07, 2009 08:16 AM
Charles Fischer
Housing Market Realty - Merritt Island, FL
Professional Real Estate Services

Doesn't that meet code!? 

Apr 07, 2009 08:27 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jack, that is great!  I also can't wait for the rest of the photos from this house.

Apr 07, 2009 08:36 AM
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Jack it looks like the basement could have used a little flipping.

Apr 07, 2009 09:44 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

That looks like a scary home. why were those stairs left in that condition -- scary?

Apr 07, 2009 04:57 PM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Jack - I don't know if I could do your job.  I've seen inspectors crawl into places I wouldn't go on a good day  lol.. Those pictures are amazing and it's even more amazing that a "flipper" would be selling a home in that condition.  I admire the work you do and rely on the expertise of those in your field so I can do my job. 

May 13, 2009 09:42 AM