Mr. Jay's Neighborhood - Meet Flipper!

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

 

It's a wonderful day in my neighborhood!

A wonderful day for a neighbor,

I need you to be,

I'd like you to be,

I'd LOVE you to be my new neeeeiiiighbor!

Hi kids!

Mr. Jay here!

It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood and I am so glad we can be together today!

Just like our last show, my neighborhood always surprises me!

I love living here!  I learn something new every day!

Do you like to learn new things?  Sure you do!  So do I!

Would you like to see what I learned just the other day?  Mr. Jay was disgusted!

Can you spell disgusted?     D-I-S-G-U-S-T-E-D     Very good!

Do you know what disgusted means boys and girls?  Disgusted means to be very upset and disappointed.

That's right!  Just like Mommy sometimes!

Mr. Jay was disgusted because he met somebody.

Mr. Jay met Flipper!  OK, you can spell it.    F-L-I-P-P-E-R    Very good!

Flipper had bought a house and he was fixing it up.  He wanted to sell it!  Mr. Jay saw him and stopped by.  He didn't know that Mr. Jay is also a home inspector!  Mr. Jay asked him lots of questions.  Flipper made Mr. Jay very upset.

Mr. Jay saw that Flipper was putting some plastic wrapping on the house.

But he hadn't removed some of the old siding.  It was synthetic stucco.  And there were holes in it!  When asked about it Flipper said, "Don't worry.  I am going to cover all that with siding and nobody will see it.  I have been doing this a long time!"  Flipper smiled.

Flipper had put in some new windows.

He put them in before framing around them.

And he didn't wrap the plastic wrap to seal the edges.

You shouldn't do that boys and girls!

Do you know what Flipper said about that?  Yep.  "I am going to cover it with siding and nobody will ever know!  I have been doing this a long time."  And he smiled again.

Mr. Jay saw lots of rotten wood around each of the windows.

And big holes!  He could see all the way inside!

And look, that is fiber board that the window is nailed to!  It isn't even framing!

Wow, boys and girls!  You shouldn't do that!

Barely able to hide his disgust, Mr. Jay asked about that too!

I bet you already know what Flipper said! 

Go on boys and girls, what did he say?

"I am going to cover up those holes with siding and nobody will ever know!  I have been doing this a long time."

Very good boys and girls!  You deserve a special treat!  I'll give you some nuts later!

Mr. Jay looked up and saw the roof.  Flipper had put new shingles on the roof. 

But there was rotten wood everywhere on the sides.

Those boards are called "fascia" boys and girls.  Isn't that a funny word?

Can you spell fascia?   F-A-S-C-I-A   Very good!

Flipper did not know that word because when Mr. Jay asked him about the "fascia" boards, he did not know where to look. Mr. Jay had to point up.

He said, "Oh, you mean those side boards?"

Yes, Mr. Jay did, and asked if the rotten wood was going to be replaced.

"No, I am going to cover it all with aluminum and it will look good as new!"

So Mr. Jay asked more.  "Won't that rotten wood keep rotting?"

Flipper had a ready answer!  "Well, it might.  But it will be covered and nobody will see it.  I have been doing this a long time!"  That time when he smiled, Mr. Jay saw a glint off his gold tooth! 

Mr. Jay looked around back.

He saw some lights by the door.  The second light was not there before.  Flipper had added it, to the right side.

Can you see, boys and girls, how there is no hole in the wall and the wiring comes out of the light on the left?

That's not how you do that!  So Mr. Jay asked.

Flipper said, "I really want to do things right.  So I thought another light was important for safety.  But don't worry.  That wiring will be hidden behind some siding and nobody will see it.  And I don't think anyone will ever hit it with a nail.  I have been doing this a long time.

Mr. Jay actually coughed!

Boys and girls, Mr. Jay could show you lots more pictures!  And they were just outside.  Mr. Jay was AFRAID to go inside!  He doesn't like falling through floors! Well, you don't either, do you boys and girls?  Of course not!

Mr. Jay came back another time to take pictures!  He really hopes he gets to do a home inspection on this house!

Well, boys and girls, it's time for Mr. Jay to leave.

We sure have had fun today! Thanks for stopping by!

Do you want to come to Mr. Jay's neighborhood again? Sure you do!

Mr. Jay sure has fun in his neighborhood! A lot of home inspectors are very jealous that Mr. Jay has so much fun!!

Now listen to Mr. Jay, boys and girls!  Be very careful when you buy a home from a Flipper, because sometimes they really have been doing it a long time and know all the tricks for hiding things!  And beware the glint in the teeth...

 

Programming of Mr. Jay's Neighborhood has been provided by Lotsa Nuts!

When you feel like a snack, eat Lotsa Nuts!

Because you are what you eat!

 

Tune in soon to Mr. Jay's Neighborhood - Where You Can Check Out, But You Can Never Leave...

Fade to black... quick.

 

 

 

Posted by

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainer
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Bill Saunders, Realtor®
Meyers Realty - Hot Springs, AR
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Jay, Great post, as always. If you had fallen through the floor, it wouldn't have mettered, he could have covered it up and nobody would have ever seen it... of course, we all would wonder where you were :)

all the best...

Jan 27, 2011 05:31 AM #46
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Jay, thanks for the lesson and the flashback to Mr Rogers.

Jan 27, 2011 06:56 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Linda - Mr. Jay runs across a lot of these!  It's epidemic out there!

Steven - sometimes you have to illustrate absurdity by being absurd, like Mr. Jay!

Brad - there had to have been permits!  That's what is so frightening here!  Don't know where the inspectors were though...

Virginia - you've not seen Mr. Jay before?!  He has a lot of fun, to be sure!

Erby - it's all for the kids.  Keep'em informed!  I am a bit dry, to be certain, but I have a lot of fun doing it!  Glad you enjoyed it so much!

Jan 27, 2011 08:15 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Margaret - yes, the actual house!  And I got the message and just replied.  Sorry it was so late!

Bill - he may have covered ME for all I know.  Don't know when they would have found me.

Ellen - Mr. Rogers?  Who is Mr. Rogers?  Glad you enjoyed the lesson too!

Jan 27, 2011 08:29 AM #49
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Jay, are you kidding, Mr Roger's Neighborhood. It was a kids show.

Jan 27, 2011 11:20 AM #50
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I'm sorry Ellen.  That was my silly dry humor.  I know him very well, copying his theme song on Mr. Jay's post!  When my brother and I had nothing to do in an afternoon, we would turn on Mr. Rogers and have a good laugh.

Jan 27, 2011 12:15 PM #51
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Jay, I couldn't tell. Either way I do like the connection and seeing his face here on your blog! Next time you add to this series, try wearing a red cardigan for and added effect! LOL

Jan 27, 2011 01:23 PM #52
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That's funny Ellen, because I have one!  I thought about it, but thought the Virginia sweatshirt was more appropriate since that is Mr. Jay's neighborhood!

Jan 27, 2011 01:36 PM #53
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Kristen Wahl
Re/Max Plus - Rochester, NY
CBR

Very interesting (and entertaining!) post, Jay! I too have seen some pretty shoddy work done by flippers. I'm sure if I had training to do your job, I'd be even more mortified! Thanks for sharing your experience. It's amazing what some people will do for a few extra bucks.

Jan 30, 2011 05:21 AM #54
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Kristen - this was a fun post!  Mr. Jay has showed up before.  I don't know why he picks my site for his posts, but he does.  And, you are right, sometimes I am mortified!

Jan 30, 2011 10:35 AM #55
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Jennifer V-E Johnson
Jennifer V-E Johnson, Reston Expert - Reston, VA
Reston Expert (202) 239-5116

UNBELIEVABLE and UNACCEPTABLE, but unfortnately not surprising.  Thanks for the pictures they are worth a 1,000 words!!

Apr 09, 2011 12:27 AM #56
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Steven Beam
RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate. - Parker, CO
Parker Colorado Real Estate

That is awesome. I new business for the future...rebuilding theses homes. 

Apr 09, 2011 03:21 AM #57
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Kieno Simeon Your South Riding Real Estate Consultant
Keller Williams Realty - South Riding, VA

This is so so true...  So many put lipstick on that pig and the buyers are wowed by it and ignore the homes that don't have all the pretty makeup.  Truly terrible work and since we can't see through walls, I am sure lots of unknown will exist behind those walls.

Apr 09, 2011 12:10 PM #58
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Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Whatever a buyer may or may not see they should always get a home inspection. This guy seems dangerous.

Apr 09, 2011 12:42 PM #59
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Mark Montross
Catamount Realty Group - Burlington, VT
Listing and Buyer Specialist

Wow, this is absolutely shocking. I can't believe someone would cover up all of those defects - one more shot against my trust in our species.

Apr 09, 2011 12:48 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Jennifer - all that is certainly true!  And the pictures are unbelievable, aren't they!?

Thanks Steven.  This is one that might need some rebuilding!

Kieno - and can you believe that the guy who put on the lipstick also gave them the walk through?!

Robert - and he was hired by the County!  I couldn't believe it either.

Mark - unfortunately I run across that behavior all the time.  It can get sickening.

Apr 09, 2011 01:23 PM #61
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Paul Francis
Francis Group Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes

As sad as it is ...

Thanks for the laugh...

 

Apr 10, 2011 06:36 PM #62
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I have to agree Paul.  Sometimes I just have to have fun with it.

Apr 10, 2011 08:44 PM #63
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Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
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Dear Jay -
These non-professionals give everyone a bad name.  Started out as a licensed GC 1973. I often notice things that cause me to look twice.  You used a sentence similar to what I repeat OVER and OVER -
"if what I can see is so silly, what's going on with what I can't see!!??" 
One time
I asked the RE client if we could turn around and leave as soon as we walked into a $800K home.  The LR fireplace firebrick were installed going uphill unevenly and the mortar joints were varied from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch!  Another example of your wonderful question: if they did things that SHOWED so wrong - what disasters awaited behind walls?
Blessings on all home inspectors!!!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

May 22, 2011 06:23 AM #64
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Lynn!  And so glad you could stop by Mr. Jay's neighborhood!  It is truly a fun place!

May 22, 2011 07:29 AM #65
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