Uncle Bob The Builder

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

When addendum repairs are promised and then receipts are provided, why do so many Realtors get the gut feeling that Uncle Bob the Builder did the work?

In the case of this house, and the numbers of "repairs" done, that gut feeling came through in flying colors.

And, frankly, Uncle Bob's work would probably have been preferable to the guy, or guys, hired to do the requested repairs!

And all were done with "receipts" of a "professional, licensed contractor."

YUMMIE!

The Realtor did what was thought important and necessary to protect the buyer.

But, alas and alack, and despite all good-faith efforts, the requested "professional" repairs were anything but!

One thing noticed during the initial home inspection was a very bouncy living room floor.  Having investigated it underneath it was determined that the house was aging and the span from center support to foundation wall was long.

Time had done its number.  Under the weight of four people the floor bounced.

Introducing furniture in addition would have made things bounce more.

The buyers wanted additional support underneath.

The seller agreed to provide it.

And this is the "professional" result!

Inspired, no doubt, by the game Jenga, which I have played many times, this is one fanciful support!

No that's not the photo - that puppy is really leaning!

And, yes, like the game Jenga, one brick did come out easily!

I replaced it so the support wouldn't be, um, compromised.

I think they got the bricks from a pile in the back yard.

THIS IS ENTIRELY IMPRESSIVE!  Perhaps not in a good way, but ENTIRELY IMPRESSIVE!

Yes, a receipt was provided.  Alrighty then!

My recommendation:  repairs aren't always what they are cracked up to be.  "Professional" repairs aren't always what they are cracked up to be.  Receipts by a "licensed contractor" aren't always what they are cracked up to be!  Uncle Bob is usually what he is cracked up to be.  But, frankly, I think this work is even below his expertise!  Even, um, cartoonish!

 

 

 

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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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Rainmaker
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Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

A little ingenuity goes a long way. Besides, once the furniture is in the house it will 'lock' the bricks into place with the weight. ;-)

Jul 28, 2012 07:36 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Mike - there's a lot he COULD have done here!  And NOT done!

Randy - a regular Italiano architect that guy!

Debbie - you are wise to stick to what you can do best, and KNOW what to do.  A man's, um, woman's got to know his, um, her limitations!

Don - this may be the same "contractor" who did that wonderful roof "repair" in yesterday's post!

Jul 28, 2012 11:12 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Richie - nothing to see here.  Move along.  Everything is fine.  Everybody go home now.

Karl - hey, it reminds you of what it reminds you!  Looks like Jenga to me!  Did you do the Jenga dance?

Doug - there are alread double beams there.  Maybe he could have sistered it so much the space became a solid!

That they did Gary!  He may have been the roofer in yesterday's post too!

Jul 28, 2012 11:14 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Fred - that was one crappy crawl space, in more ways than one!  The toilet was leaking and there was a huge, very smelly puddle there.

P&S - truly a thousand words!  I tried to embellish a bit too.

Bill - this guy IS licensed and they presented the receipt!

William - and a buck saved (like this) is a buck that costs much, much more later.  I think Poor Richard's Almanac said that.

Jul 28, 2012 11:19 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Charlie the Shadow - should I have tried the Smoke In A Can test?

Not a funny photo Charlie D. - that baby is really leaning. 

Clint - solid as a brick!  Not going anywhere...

C&D - this guy is "licensed," but perhaps not in engineering!

Jul 28, 2012 11:23 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Valerie - the seller is not there now and maybe had never seen this, until my report that is!

Leslie - that approach is becoming more common around here.  Hopefully enough money is set aside.

Sandy - I didn't know what was there until I saw it!  Then I had a little fun!

Than - now that is thinking outside the box!

Jul 28, 2012 11:25 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Oh mNa, that is a good one.  Unbelievable.

Jul 28, 2012 11:27 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I am happy that you are happy Gary!  We love to please others!

Jul 28, 2012 11:29 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Jay:

Too bad the seller and their professional contractor did such a poor job with the repair.  Makes you wonder about the rest of the house and what repairs may have been mad.

Jul 28, 2012 01:54 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Jay, nothing to say that hasn't already been said here but I never miss an opurtunity to learn.

Jul 28, 2012 02:39 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I wonder if there is a Jenga Construction Company that is getting a bad reputation out there Jay.  :)

Jul 28, 2012 05:28 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

It did Evelyn.  The inspection report was huge and so was the addendum.  This was the follow-up after the addendum list was said to be satisfied!

Charles - that's the idea!  We inspectors post often on AR and I love to read other inspectors' posts.

Yeah, Tom, but they are in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and probably don't see AR posts!

Jul 28, 2012 07:33 PM #45
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

All I can say is, I bet they had the best price on repairs. Oh, and your picture is leaning, that support looks plumb.

Jul 28, 2012 10:48 PM #46
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Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

Jay, I looks like "licensed contractors" must have different requirements to get licensed in different parts of the country.

Jul 28, 2012 11:31 PM #47
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Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

OOOOOFAHHHHHHHH Jay!!

 It was a great idea of the buyer to pay your fee to go out and investigate again and verify the repair. I would imagine most people take the receipt as verification and close the deal.

Jul 29, 2012 03:05 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I was the one leaning Jim!  It was hard to position things to try to get an accurate shot of that "column's" angle!

Wayne - it is easy here to get a minor license.  I explained the process a couple of posts ago - here.

I think so too Bob.  People are doing that more and more, especially when the seller or seller's people are not entirely forthcoming.

 

Jul 29, 2012 06:46 AM #49
Rainer
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Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX

Hi Jay,

I am actually at a loss for words on this one. Well maybe not, how about unbelievable...

-Brent

Jul 29, 2012 08:03 AM #50
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Brent - we inspectors see this sort of thing every day!

Jul 29, 2012 08:14 AM #51
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Justin Dibbs
Pearson Smith Realty - Ashburn, VA
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale

That's just nuts.  I need to gat a list of "stay away" contractors from you to give to me clients, lol.

Jul 29, 2012 09:40 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Good looking stuff, huh Justin?  Don't know that I could compile such a list - I bet it would be too long for paper.

Jul 29, 2012 10:37 AM #53
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