Notes from the Sellers

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Home Inspector with Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area InterNACHI 10041206

It doesn't happen all that often, and it is always amusing to me when the seller leaves notes for explanation when they know a Home Inspection is coming! 

I had a good one the other day. The guy had a 3 car garage, but he built shelves along the wall all the way to the garage door. The door would not open because he built the shelves about 6" too close to the door.

There was a garage door opener installed, but you couldn't operate the door because it jammed up to the shelves as it tried to open. Six Inches! The shelves were about 15' long, he couldn't stop a few inches short so the door would operate? That last 6" was too important to leave off!! He could have even trimmed the top shelf and left space for the door to operate... whew!

I like the one I had a couple years ago that stated they were going to replace the water heater, so the listing agent told me don't bother writing it up in the report.... what? It was like a note to your teacher from dear mommy that says her little darling Johnny's hand was tired and hurting and he couldn't take any tests...lol, I promise to make that repair!

We have to document the defects little lady, so if you agreed to make that repair then go ahead and do it, but it will be documented that at the time of inspection the water heater needed replacement! I don't see anything wrong with that, it's documented for both sides to refer to.

I love my job, and seeing things like this just makes it more interesting. It does help if there are some oddities that I will run into having a little note to tell me how it takes special procedures to operate something... and sometimes it brings a smile!

 

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Fred Hernden 

 

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Rosemarie Heindel
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Ha, I know what you mean. It's always better when the note brings a smile instead of a frown though! Thanks for sharing.

Oct 19, 2015 03:01 AM #1
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Rosemarie - Yes, the frown notes can lead to problems...lol

Oct 19, 2015 03:55 AM #2
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Belinda Spillman
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It is funny how the sellers leave little notes all over the house.  I agree about the water heater.  Should have been disclosed on the property disclosure.

Oct 19, 2015 05:44 AM #3
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Debbie Reynolds
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Oh those little notes. I agree get it done before the home inspector comes.

Oct 19, 2015 01:03 PM #4
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Belinda - I know, they wanted me to not report it...lol

Debbie - They are sometimes amusing Debbie!

Oct 20, 2015 12:37 AM #5
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Jay Markanich
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Depending on the vehicle that door might not open high enough!  Planning is everything, or sometimes, like here, nothing.

Oct 21, 2015 08:01 PM #6
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Jay - That door lifted about 6"... my Hotwheels cars could get under them... 

Oct 22, 2015 12:43 AM #7
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