"Laundry Room Conveniently Moved From The Garage"

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

On the "features" list of the house it said:  Laundry room conveniently moved from the garage.

And it was true.  It had been moved. 

Sure, it took up a portion of the basement family room.

And had a second fridge added to the room.

But never mind, the rest of the basement family room had been turned into a "convenient" basement bedroom!

It was comical, to say the least.
It was very unappealing.
It was silly because it looked silly. 
It was right off the entry way, with a 6' wide opening without a door!
It was neither a laundry room or a bedroom.

I am surprised sometimes at what people consider to be "features" of a house, and that a Realtor would tout such.

Let me just show you a couple of things about this "laundry room."  Think about the word DANGEROUS as you read this.  Certainly no County permit saw the light of day.

The photo on the left shows the drain arrangement for the washing machine.

It features the MYTHICAL TRAP!

This is the famous, yet seldom seen, sideways trap, romanticized by Homer in The Odyssey, mythically said to have worked well in Atlantis, and reported often by alien abductees as technology we should mimic.

HAVING SEEN ONE IN PERSON, NOW I KNOW THEY EXIST!  I am very happy to be able to share it with you.

That little brown thing sticking out of the wall near the trap is a live electric cable which, at least, is made safe with two wire nuts.

The drain feeds right into the overflow tubing behind the NEW(!) bath tub which was added to a former powder room.  The bath tub did not need a trap because, as you see, the MYTHICAL TRAP! is already installed.  You will notice the well-placed air vent so there can be no danger of overflow.

The hot and cold valves come directly out of the wall and were plumbed such that not even I, which I am embarrassed to say, could tell where they came from!  Well, that is some fine plumbing there!  Artfully designed!

I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO RUN THE WASHING MACHINE TO KNOW THAT THIS DRAIN IS TIED INTO THE MAIN DRAIN OF THE HOUSE!

Looking to the other photo, that is the receptacle for the dryer!  It carries 220 volts.  It is buried inside of drywall joint compound.  There is no box which contains the wiring, nor cover to protect from sparks, but I am certain the wiring is properly done and encased in that joint compound.  NO PROBLEMS THERE!

My recommendation:  obviously this post is sarcastic and making fun.  These are dangerous installations!  To tout them as features is silly.  A seller might think this is something somebody else would want to buy, but any seasoned Realtor should recognize it for what it is (infantile and dangerous) and suggest a remedy before the house goes on the market.

Just saying...


 

 

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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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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Jay

Well this looks and sounds like some pretty creative, and scary, remodeling. You just have to shake your head in amazement. THis would have to make most buyers pretty antsy.

Jeff

Apr 18, 2012 02:41 PM #33
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
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Yikes, file that under WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? I swear we see so many bad DIY ideas out there don't we?

Apr 18, 2012 04:10 PM #34
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Jay Markanich
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Pamela - there were so many things, that agent would not have known where to begin.

Steven - under the deck.  I could not get to it, there was no access.  What I could see looked incredibly clogged.

Jennifer - I said on my report that the panel box needed to be looked at immediately by an electrician, that it was dangerous.

Michael - this house was a joke after a joke after a joke.  To top it off, the box was FPE and a completely dangerous disaster.

Apr 18, 2012 05:15 PM #35
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Melissa - some time ago somebody thought it best to wall up the indoor access to the garage.  To get to the laundry room one had to go outdoors and into the garage from another side door.  So now, to have a laundry room inside was more "convenient."

Don - I really think the drainage was clever, from the one into the other.  And obviously the aliens blocked you.  This trap is UNDER rated, they think!  Well, so say the abductees...

Gay - somebody works for a construction company and they think they know everything.  It is amazing.

Jim - we will NEVER see it all!  Just when I think I have, I am surprised yet again.

Apr 18, 2012 05:20 PM #36
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Jay Markanich
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Ed - because to look at the house, it was a silk purse.  In reality it was something more piggish...

Barbara - and I didn't!  We did not go much further than that room.  They buyers ran.

S&D - "chilly" north?  You are right, the way things were in that garage, the former laundry room, I am surprised it had not frozen here!

Sonja - I hope that is not in the plans!  But the panel box in the house is certainly a grave danger.

Apr 18, 2012 05:24 PM #37
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Jeff - the buyers were, and able to carry many times their weight as they ran from this property.

Thomas - they were thinking they had moved a laundry room into the house!  I think...

Apr 18, 2012 05:25 PM #38
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I would have thought that this would be something that the owners and agent would want to hide - not showcase!

Thanks for the entertainment today Jay!

Apr 18, 2012 05:47 PM #39
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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What can I say Tom?  Foreign sellers, foreign agent, foreign agency...  They had no idea obviously.  Let's just say we don't do things that way here.

Apr 18, 2012 05:58 PM #40
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Hi Jay...well at least they showed some creativity:)

Apr 18, 2012 11:04 PM #41
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Until it is time to sell...it works very well.....Now a days you can shine a light anywhere and things turn up 

Apr 18, 2012 11:15 PM #42
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Than Maynard
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Just to hit the not so obvious: A bedroom with a 6' opening without a door right off the entry? Not a bedroom. I wonder if it was listed in MLS as a bedroom or optional bedroom........

Apr 19, 2012 04:18 AM #43
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

They sure did Cheryl, perhaps a bit too much!

I agree with that Richie.  If you want to live that way have a good time, but don't try to sell it to someone else!

Than - I don't know, but you are right, not a bedroom.  It was being used as one though!  And it stunk!

Apr 19, 2012 05:45 AM #44
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Thanks for the entertainment today, well written funny and a lesson to be learned.  Did the house sell, and did the sellers have to fix it first?

Apr 19, 2012 09:11 AM #45
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Loren Green
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At least there was a vent.  I had one last week that didn't have a single plumbing vent through the roof anywhere.

Apr 19, 2012 11:31 AM #46
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I have seen agents tout similar things in the MLS. I often think, "What is wrong with this agent?"

Apr 19, 2012 01:51 PM #47
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Bob - my clients decided not to buy the house before we even went upstairs!

Loren - yummie!  Ending in the attic, or no vents at all?

Tammie -

Apr 19, 2012 07:14 PM #48
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Brian Schulte
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Your posts are always a good read with one raised eybrow ;-)

Sometimes a good belly laugh and usually a "Really?!" and then thinking "Did I do that?"

 

Apr 20, 2012 11:58 PM #49
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Brian.  This house was a definite Erckle, "did I do that???"

Apr 21, 2012 10:10 AM #50
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Loren Green
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The utility definately didn't end in the attic, because it never started.  There was no access to the attic to tell if there were vents into the attic.  It was a very unfinished remodel.

Apr 24, 2012 09:41 AM #51
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sounds like an excellent place to stay away from Loren!

Apr 24, 2012 11:00 AM #52
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