Test Burn for the Fire Department??

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175
Test burn for the fire department?
     One of the first inspections I ever did was about 10 years ago. A woman in a very small town south of my home called to tell me the village wanted to condemn her home she was trying to sell. It was vacant but she had a potential buyer, and he would be there to walk around during the inspection with me. She wanted to prove to the village the home should not be condemned.
     The first thing I noticed when I pulled up to the house was there were no steps to the front door, but there was obvious signs of a what used to be a full size front porch. When I asked her about it, she stated that the porch was so badly eaten by termites that it fell off the house and crashed into the front yard. 
    She paid me, left, and the buyer and I went about the inspection as planned. In no particular order, here are some of the "issues" that were noted in my report. 
Stairway eaten by termites and crashed through the first floor into the crawl space.
2nd story windows all covered with chicken wire to keep racoons out of the house. 
Raccons leaving 2 giant dung heaps in 2 different bedrooms upstairs, as revenge I assumed. 
500+ wasp nests inside the attic space.
Sloping kitchen floor approximately 10 degree angle, likely due to one side of the house sinking, because the house was recently in a flood.
Electric wiring and copper plumbing all ripped out of the walls.
Cabinets, vanities, sinks, toilets all removed. 
The list could go on, but the report ended up over 85 pages long, and that was being kind. To this day, still my largest report ever.
     So after I finished, the potential buyer asked me if he should buy the house. I told him I am not allowed to answer that question, but I did ask him if he paid attention to all the things we saw during the inspection? He said he did, but asked me again, stating that he was "pretty handy and had a nice set of tools." After I asked him again if he "SAW WHAT I SAW", he got the message and said, "that is quite a bit of stuff to do, isn't it?" Yes, I agreed with him, that is quite a bit of stuff to do. Not sure if he bought it or not.
This guy had his way with this house and basically made it worthless.
My first call would be to the fire department and see if they would pay to practice putting out a house fire. Pretty sure the village did not see my report. 
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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I am happy he had the inspection and with you. Saving Grace

Dec 02, 2019 06:51 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Oh my. I bet he wasn't listening to everything during the inspection. What a house!

Dec 03, 2019 06:16 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - hmm - it makes you wonder sometimes, doesn't it?  Was he really listening? Did he really see the issues you observed and noted several times?  Did he know something else?  Was there a buried stash of cash hidden in/under the structure?  Jimmy Hoffa?   More possibilities...  Maybe.

Dec 03, 2019 06:48 AM #3
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Scott,
First of all, I can't believe the owner would think the house is habitable.   Second of all, how could the prospective buyer think he could fix all of that?  I know there are stupid people in the world but two people in the same town THAT stupid???

Dec 03, 2019 07:51 AM #4
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Ever since then, when anyone asks me if they should buy the house, I tell this story. 

Dec 03, 2019 08:03 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Good grief @inspecto Scott that's nuts! Who on earth thought it was ok to sell that piece of dirt - with a crazy 'house' on it.  What a mess and I'm sure glad that guy hired you!

Dec 03, 2019 01:42 PM #6
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Hard to believe the buyer would have to ask if he should make the purchase. Maybe yes, if the price was less than the kindling he could salvage.

Dec 03, 2019 10:11 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Scott, for sharing this story.

Have an outstanding December.

Dec 08, 2019 09:45 AM #8
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