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OOh OOh That Smell

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties 450.004175

OOh OOh that smell. 

     In my 15 years inspecting homes, I've seen so may weird and wacky and just plain stupid things, I really should just write a book. I can tell you it would be a best seller.

     For instance, tell me these aren't crazy things to find on an inspection.

Cut off mannequin head just inside the attic hatch. Oh, it also has fake blood on it's face. Real funny Mr Seller.

     How about finding an oil painting of a nude woman in the attic of a nearly empty house, who just happens to be packing up her last few things downstairs. I'm sure she forgot it was in the attic and I was not going to be the one to remind her to pack it. Picture available upon request. :-)

     But the craziest thing ever was the day I pulled up to an old home by the Kankakee River. Seller comes walking out to the driveway and after I give him my card, he tells me I don't have to go in the basement. Why? The water heater is leaking and the boiler is broken and he has a plumber coming next week so don't even bother looking at those things in the basement. Now I know I have to go in the basement. He left and the buyers showed up shortly after. I walked past the basement celler door I had already opened and heard the buyers laughing really loud. I asked what was so funny and they said come on down. I walked into a really stinky skunk smell. I was not aware that pot smells like a skunk when it's growing. I'm such a square. 

     There in the next room I found the source of the stink. A large black covered greenhouse with the most vibrant, green, lush growing pot plants you've ever seen. The guy could really grow a good looking crop.

     I called the listing agent after the inspection to let her know what was going on and her reply was crazily epic. "Oh dear, That's not good." Well it got even worse for the seller. Two days later the house was raided by the local DEA police and I'm pretty sure the seller still thinks that the big mouth home inspector tattled on him. I swear it wasn't me man. 


Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow to all of those stories, but especially the potted basement. What, did they really think you weren't going to look? Geez.

Sep 24, 2022 04:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is funny, don't go in the basement.  OF COURSE, you will go in the basement.   We have had pot legalized for years, sadly.

Sep 24, 2022 06:35 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- word to sellers...never tell someone not to go into a room. We're all human...of course we want to see it. LOL  What a story!!! Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge. 

Sep 24, 2022 12:15 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Good gosh, how else was the seller going to pay the mortgage?  

Sep 24, 2022 01:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sep 24, 2022 05:46 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector ,

I'm SO GLAD that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. 3 great stories that you can't make up..they happen! I must be square to as I had no idea pot smelled like a skunk! Loved your post!

Sep 25, 2022 09:25 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

The listing agent had never been down in the basement??  "Oh dear, that's not good" indeed!

Sep 26, 2022 09:41 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Wow, certainly a crazy story. I have not come across that, although I have seen areas filled with grow lights but no pot.

Sep 28, 2022 08:04 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Scott I had no idea growing pot plants has a skunk smell.  I learned something new today.  I thought I smelled a skunk not to long ago.......probably wasn't a skunk in that house.

Sep 28, 2022 01:52 PM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

That is hilarious Scott!  All of your stories, and if you write a book - Let me know.  I would buy it just for the humor.  Thanks for sharing, you made my day!

Sep 30, 2022 11:34 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp

title would be   "Now I've Seen Everything"

or, "How are you not already dead?"

Oct 01, 2022 06:04 AM