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By Mark Muehleisen
(Advance Look Building Inspections and Environmental Testing)
Comments 1
We had an incredible opportunity the other day to inspect the most interesting house I have ever seen. The previous owner of this 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom house was nuns. The owner before that, who had put on two additions, was a bricklayer. He could apparently get brick and steel cheap, because the additions were made of solid brick walls on steel joists! This was essentially a commercial building. The house had a courtyard in the center of it with sliding glass doors on three sides. Very cool layout. The main problem with a courtyard in the middle of the home is getting rid of the water. There was a gutter-like system in place that ran to the storm drain, but those are only effective if they are kept clean. These looked like they were not cleaned out very often. As a result, the steel jo...
By Mark Muehleisen
(Advance Look Building Inspections and Environmental Testing)
Comments 5
Recently I was doing an inspection for a familiar client. He told me this was an important deal, and we should try not to scare the buyer. This was a pretty scary house. Not only was the foundation in question and the front porch about to cave in, but the roof needed to be replaced ASAP. The kicker was when we found out we could not test the water. Why? Another real estate agent had shown the house, but forgot to lock the door. Someone had stolen all the copper! They of course did not shut off the water, so the basement was still wet when we inspected it.As any real estate professional can tell you, its not what you say, but how you say it. I managed to inform the buyer of all the significant issues, while keeping everything in its proper perspective. I was able to keep the buyer from g...

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