Periodically, I drive the long way home which takes me past a house with a tree in the front yard. Hanging from its thick limbs are two swings that have, no doubt, been the source of laughter and smiles for years. Yesterday though, I put all the pieces together. Swings… front yard…. and it’s summer time but there are no leaves on that tree. Don’t know that I would trust the swings there any longer. I'm not quite sure why the homeowner does, either.
I thought of that tree again today while at a home inspection. The house is a flip with a beautiful granite and stainless kitchen, remodeled bathrooms, and gleaming floors. We saw all the upgrades when we toured it. We discussed the components when we wrote the offer. But today, we got to put together the pieces at the home inspection. Is it as good as it seems… or are the swings in a dead tree?
We’ve all seen the houses that appear good on the surface. Then you begin to inspect and the truth quickly rears its ugly head. So many things that can be done improperly in a house that the only way to know for sure is to have an inspection with a reputable home inspector.
Today, my clients were lucky. The house is good. This time… the tree is alive. Needs just a bit of pruning, but it’s alive and well.