Friday's Fotos...

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

Friday's Fotos...

Today I will deviate from my typical, picturesque type of photo - maybe tonight. There are some photos that belong in the hall of fame, while others belong in the hall of shame. Not that they were badly taken, but for the subject matter. This one belongs in the latter category.

One expects a certain level of workmanship based on the location and price point of the property. On a renovation of an early 1900's Victorian, with a price point of over $700K, I expect a lot.

What some folks do to desecrate a property is a crime, and should be arrested for impersonating a workman. What can I say? The chop job under the marble topped, glass vessel, cherry cabinet was not what one would bargain for. All I could think, was that at one time, this person must have worked in the meat department at one of the local supermarkets. Talk about butchering! Oye Veh…

Oye Veh!!! What a mess...


Officer! Officer! Arrest that man...

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Complete Home Inspections, Brentwood TN 615.661.0297

Comments (26)

Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Michael....I've always said....I can only imagine the things you've seen over the could put them in a book I'm sure!
Hope you have a great day!!---Rob

May 19, 2011 11:48 PM
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Oh my Gosh!  That is horrendous.  That is the crap I take OUT of my rehabs from some "do-it-yourselfer".  On a positive note, at least they did put a shut off valve on! 

May 19, 2011 11:49 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

That is really, really bad! Like you said, for that price the home is in, it should be practically perfect!

May 19, 2011 11:58 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

As an inspector were you surprised when they blamed you for the quality of workmanship you discovered? Never seen something quite this bad and I have seen some horrendous things. Enjoy the day!

May 20, 2011 12:01 AM
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Michael, another reason why we need good inspectors like you... Beauty is more than skin deep.

May 20, 2011 12:09 AM
Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

Michael, Out of sight makes it all right. At least it was covered in nice hardwood cabinetry

May 20, 2011 12:21 AM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

I can't say 'only in Arkansas' this time! That sight may have been a deal breaker.

May 20, 2011 12:29 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Michael - you mean you can't fix a sink with duck tape - damn! I thought duck tape, bobbie pins and a string could fix anything!

May 20, 2011 12:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

You really do see it all! The stories you could tell..topic for another website :)

May 20, 2011 12:45 AM
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Michael, That's bad! I guess you see it all out there. If I were in your business I would have to make my report entry and just say NEXT! Have a nice weekend.

May 20, 2011 01:04 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Michael ~ All kidding aside, how do these homes get a CO? I guess it has nothing to do with aesthetics...


May 20, 2011 01:06 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow...sometimes do you just start to chuckle seeing all this messy stuff?  I bet it is hard to hold it in sometimes!

May 20, 2011 01:09 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Michael, We know as Realtors the horrors we have seen, but can only imagine (maybe we don't want to really imagine) what you must see on a daily basis!

May 20, 2011 01:41 AM
The Brewer Team - Benchmark Realty
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

Michael - The ugly pictures of the work done by tim the tool man or handy andy are my favorites. Most of the time typical buyers never bother to look under the sinks, and don't know what to look for when they do.

May 20, 2011 02:22 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Michael, this is something you might find in the back hills home....I always tell my buyers to look under the never know what you might find.

May 20, 2011 02:45 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

This one reminds me of those AAmoco commercials where monkeys with bats are beating on a transmission!

May 20, 2011 03:01 AM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Michael: Whatever happened to pride in your trade and workmanship? I wonder if this could have been done by the DIY homeowner?

May 20, 2011 03:34 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Michael, seriously... why you insist on making fun of my 3 year old grandson... I will never understand. He did his best with the tools that I will let him use... it is really hard to cut through wood with the Fisher Price tools Santa brought this year.

Poking fun at a 3 year old.... you should be ashamed....


May 20, 2011 04:37 AM
Diane Osowiecki
Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Greater Nashville Real Estate


How about selling at $800,000 without a CO and then saying they will not provide one.  Oops.

May 20, 2011 05:11 AM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Amazing! The person who did this job and the rest of us must have different visions. Perhaps he should invest some money in a new pair of glasses.

May 21, 2011 05:03 AM