Swinging in a Dead Tree

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#RA-0003085 PA#RS347136

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. 



Comments (3)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

good morning Monica. What a great title. Terrific insights in this post.

Aug 04, 2016 10:45 PM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Sheila. I get more thoughts than I have time to get on paper (or computer, that is). I tend to jot down notes and then later, I sometimes read them and wonder where I was headed with them. :-)

Aug 05, 2016 01:45 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Great analogy, Monica!  Always nice when the tree is alive & ready for swinging ; )

Aug 05, 2016 05:56 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, John! I just saw one that was definitely not. It's going to sheriff sale next week, has dogs, squatters, dead birds, and a fragrance that I am not soon to forget! Dead tree alert!

Aug 05, 2016 07:05 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Monica, inspections are so important, just to be sure you know what you are buying.

Aug 12, 2016 12:32 PM
Monica Hill

Absolutely, Donna! Thanks for stopping by!

Aug 12, 2016 01:14 PM

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