This is a perfect house ... said no home inspector ever

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Every buyer who is searching for a new home in the Silver Spring, MD area is hoping to find the perfect one!

It is always my goal to find a home that comes as close as possible to fulfilling my buyers wish list. I love the moment when we step into a house that feels like a home, when my buyers get excited and can see themselves living there. The moment the measuring tape is taken out. The moment we discover unique or quirky things about the property, imagine family gatherings, brainstorm how to best position furniture or make use of a room and mentally change wall colors to reflect my buyers taste ... that's when I know that we have found the perfect one!

When it comes to home inspections, however, the word perfect is rarely never heard. This is a perfect house ... said no home inspector ever. Every house has flaws, some small, some big and some are deal breakers. There is no such thing as a house that requires no repairs or corrective measures whatsoever. There is always something.

Sometimes though, we come pretty darn close to finding a perfect house. Today was such a day. I attended a home inspection at an older (or vintage as I prefer to call them) home in Silver Spring, MD and our ProTec Inspector, Scott Broussard, gave it an "A". We ended up with one of the shortest repair lists I have ever seen. 

Home ManualsIt's been my experience that the homes that come with such a short repair list are often the ones being sold by original, or at least long-term owners.

The type of homes that have obviously been well cared for, prepared for the market and are clean as a whistle. Dated and worn items have been repaired or replaced and there is a manual for everything. And I mean everything. 

When I see a whole stack of manuals, repair invoices and impeccable record keeping, then my REALTOR® heart jumps for joy. Because I know my buyers are buying a good house. A house that has been been loved and maintained. A house that comes pretty darn close to being perfect although we won't hear our inspector say that word.

This is a perfect house .. said no inspector ever.

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Andrea Bedard - surprisingly true - and I have never thought of this for the home inspections. (Including couple of new constructions that my buyers bought recently!)

Nov 08, 2014 12:53 PM #1
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

For a home inspector to give a house an "A" means it's as close as it could be to being perfect. Were you repair lists longer for those new construction than for resale homes?

Nov 08, 2014 11:00 PM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I am So printing and scanning and emailing this to a client.  I would link it, but I don't want them to see this comment. LOL

Nov 09, 2014 10:40 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Very good post - I will probably be sending it to clients also - thanks for putting it so well! 

Nov 09, 2014 10:46 AM #4
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Share away Tammy and Lise! I am glad you liked it!

Nov 09, 2014 10:59 AM #5
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