"This Pig Has Lipstick All Over It" Said The Home Inspector!

Real Estate Agent with Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon

"This Pig Has Lipstick All Over It" Said The Home Inspector!

It was love at first sight. The gleaming hardwoods, the updated kitchen with all new appliances and the master bathroom with that updated shower with those double heads. This home was perfect for myPutting lipstick on a pig client in every way...that is until the home inspector said "This pig has lipstick all over it". Ok, so those actual words were never spoken by the inspector per se, but the inspection report was loud an clear. This was a home that the seller made pretty with all the updates, but it was still a stinker.

You see, all those gorgeous updates couldn't make up for some major foundation and water leak issues that just were too much to take on by my buyer. The thought was, "what ELSE is hiding that I'll need to deal with if I move forward with the purchase of this home?".

Having a home inspection can set you back some cash, but like in this particular case, the $500 saved her over $50,000 in needed repairs! Of course my client was sad that her first love turned out to have a false facade, but knew that someone would come along and be willing to put up with it's inperfections. It just wasn't her.

You can put all the lipstick you want on a pig, but it's still a pig.


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Premiere Property Group,LLC

5000 Meadows Rd., Ste. 150, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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Comments (47)

Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Cindy, you said it so well! And, you made me laugh! There sure are a lot of pigs out there wearing lipstick. A home inspection is so important and saves a lot of expense and heartache down the road!

Mar 28, 2014 01:29 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I tell everyone but investors who plan to tear down get an inspection

Mar 28, 2014 01:35 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Silvia, Buyers shouldn't skip these inspections. They will at the least let them know what they are looking at in terms of repairs.

Hi Brian, Making sure our clients are taken care of in all areas that we possibly can is always the goal!

Hi Andrew, Oink is right! Thanks for making me smile. Love your comment.

Hi Gary, Oh..the lovely disclosures. Yep, many times a seller is not even aware that they've been living with underlying issues for years, so are always surprised when a home inspector finds them. When it comes to "flippers" many now just check the "unknown" box for everything. Not a big help.

Hi Scott, that was exactly this home. In this particular case, the owners previous to the current "flipper" did most of the cosmetic updates, so the flipper did just a few more updates that in my opinion really weren't needed. The money would have been better spent on the foundation issues. I'm curious as to how much less this one will eventually sell for to compensate. I can't imagine an inspector not picking this up.

Hi Gary, I have my clients that want to skip the inpection sign a waiver as well. Never good to skip this process. Continued success to you as well!

Hi Adrian, Very true! I know her home is out there....just need it to come on the market. In the areas she is looking, the inventory is less than 2 months so we have to jump quickly and in most cases deal with multiple offers.

Hi Amanda & Jared, In this case, it save a some major costly repairs!



Mar 28, 2014 01:54 AM
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

And hence, the importance of a good real estate agent. We see enough homes, see enough inspection reports, that a good agent should be able to see through the gloss. In hot markets, lipstick is often overlooked. Great post. 

Mar 28, 2014 02:06 AM
Jim Griffin
HouseLens: Video Marketing for Real Estate - Nashville, TN

Wow! Best evidence I've heard for why home inspections are important. I bet your client was relieved to miss that bullet.

Mar 28, 2014 02:17 AM
Jill Saddler
Draper, UT
Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+!

And that's why you always get an inspection. Very cute pic!!

Mar 28, 2014 02:23 AM
Laura Foreman
Referral Maker Real Estate CRM - Carlsbad, CA
Copywriter, Buffini & Company

Great post!

Mar 28, 2014 02:49 AM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Great to see someone that appreciates a good inspection. 

Mar 28, 2014 03:35 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Nice post, Cindy. Also a great case for getting a home inspection. An experienced Real Estate Agent should be able to spot at least some of the items the inspector found. This is a good case for having an experienced Agent.

Mar 28, 2014 06:30 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Yikes! $50K!  The home inspection should NEVER be skipped, even with new construction. That definitely was $500 well spent.

Mar 28, 2014 07:58 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Cindy, the very thing happened to me this week. Except, we hadn't gotten as far as the home inspection. We saw a house that was gorgeious. There were 15 business cards sitting on the hall table the 2nd day on the market. Why hadn't it gone under contract yet? I asked for the property condition disclosure. Sure enough, the house had a structural issue several years earler. It had been repaired but the warranty wasn't transferable. That was it. No one wants to take a risk buying this house. Even though, it has some beautiful updates.

Mar 28, 2014 08:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Cindy- OMG... that's very expensive lipstick. 

Mar 28, 2014 09:47 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Cindy-Pork can be expensive. Money spent on inspections is money well spent. 

Mar 28, 2014 12:14 PM
Janice MacMillan
ERA Joyner Realty - Valdosta, GA
Associate Broker

Great post, Cindy. Home inspections are so important and I recommend one for both new construction and resale homes. You can never be too careful!

Mar 28, 2014 08:48 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Just another reason why home inspections are so important -- $500 to spend on the biggest purchase a person can make is extremely smart - in this case, the buyer was saved a huge repair bill.

Mar 28, 2014 09:50 PM
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

First off... love the photo Cindy!

Sometimes it takes a quality inspection to reveal the true home. Better to discover this now then after the purchase.

Mar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi John, Hoping it's not a new trend...

Hi Ed & Tracy, so true. In this case the house was so pretty, had the inspection not been done, it would have gotten ugly pretty quick.

Hi Mary, Yes, Pretty scary to know that you're living in a home that the foundation needs some repairs and hopefully the landlord will spring for it. Neglecting it will only bring on additional issues. Shame.

Hi Charles, but bacon tastes soooo good!!

Hi Shaffer Realty, Thank you, much appreciated!

Hi Gina, Of course a buyer never likes to have to spend money on inspections again hoping that the first house is good, but in this case, you bet she was happy that the $500 ended up saving a lot more. Thanks again for your e-mail...you made my day :))

Hi Than, Our disclosures used to have an exemption for sellers that never lived in the home, but this has changed and now unless and bank or trustee, they need to fill them out. Along with the change a "unknown" column was added beside most questions, so in these cases it's not uncommon to see this box checked for all.


Mar 29, 2014 02:23 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Nina, thanks! What a great compliment :) . Inspections sure can save money down the road!

Hi Tammy, just one of the many reasons you're a great agent!

Hi Charlie, We are experiencing a pretty hot market, so unless major like this home, often many repairs get overlooked until they eventually go to sell.

Hi Jim, relieved yes, and the search back on!

Hi Jill, exactly and thanks!

Hi Laura, Thanks!

Hi Rob, you betcha! This home was a perfect example of what a buyer needed to know about a house they fell in love with.

Hi John, A good agent will always recommend a good home inspector :).

Hi Barbara, This was actually the second client in several months that due to an inspection finding over $50K in foundation repairs backed out. Yep, money well spent!


Mar 29, 2014 03:10 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

 Hello Cindy ... I remember seeing this post featured but it took me forever to get around to reading your post! Great job, congrats and love the photo ... "Priceless"


Mar 31, 2014 01:47 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Tammie, It would have been nice if the seller disclosed this so lucky that at least yours did. Unless the seller compensates a nice chuck of this cost, most buyers don't want to take it on.

Hi Kathy, It was indeed!

Hi Wayne, Very well spent money!

Hi Janice, Many buyers don't think they need one on new construction, but I've found many times that the inspection had turned up some needed repairs.

Hi Kat, Although it's always hard to part with money, inspections are just a good thing to do..and in this case saved the buyer from a large and costly repair down the line.

Hi Tom, thanks! She looks pretty..oh so pretty!

Hi VB, Thanks, I couldn't resist adding some pink lipstick on this already cute pig :)


Mar 31, 2014 03:43 AM