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(Below) The style of this house is Split Level

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The style of this house is Ranch
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The style of this house is English Tudor
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The style of this house is Colonial
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The style of this house is Contemporary
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The style of this house is BIG!!
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(Below) I encountered this on one of the foreclosure appraisals and inspections I did for a bank. The prior owner had spent his money on building an indoor basketball court, indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi room, along with some other luxurious and expensive additions to the house and site. The problem was, that after he spent all this money he couldn't pay his mortgage payments and the bank had to foreclose on the property! I guess you could say that it wasn't "money well spent" (or should I say it was "money spent down the well").

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Can you see what I outlined in this photo? The picture is dark because it was overcast on the day of the appraisal so you might not be able to see the image clearly. It's a metal statue of a very large eagle standing on a globe with its wings spread out wide (side view).  The frontal view photo of this statue is below. This is one of the eagle statues from Grand Central Station in New York City. I don't know how the homeowner of the property got a hold of this statue, but I'm sure you won't find many of these during your inspections! This thing was about 20 feet high.

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No, it's not a junkyard or auto salvage site. It's actually the yard of a home I had to appraise and inspect for a client. I doubt you'll ever encounter a situation like this one. However, if you do just remember to tell the client to get estimates to remove all of this junk before closing on the house.

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What don't you see in this photograph of a roof?

Answer: Footsteps on the snow covered roof. This is the home of a dishonest Realtor (which isn't hard to find) and Santa Claus passed by this house without stopping on his yearly sleigh ride since this Realtor (along with many other Realtors) was on Santa's "naughty" list.

In northern climates you may find wires along the bottom edges of the roof. These wires are used to heat the show and ice so it melts off the roof without causing an ice dam. An ice dam refers to ice and snow that has frozen at the base of the roof above the gutters. Since the ice is trapped by the gutter, it gradually melts and the water goes underneath the roof shingles. This leads to water problems in the house. Some homeowners don't like wires in their roof, so instead flashing can be installed under the bottom few rows of shingles to help prevent water leaks from ice dams.

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This is what you'll see on most home inspections - a home filled with furniture and personal items ...

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... So why did I include two photos of an empty home? Because this is how you have to picture the interior of a house, condo or building in your mind when doing your inspections. Remember, you're inspecting the building - not the appeal and condition of the furniture and personal items!

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Do not store wood inside or next to the house, such as in this photo.

Wood destroying insects can often be found in wood lying around the yard. By bringing this infested wood closer to your home, you're inviting these insects to dinner!

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Hello, my name is Mr. Ed!

(Remember that TV show from the 1970's?)

Do not store wood inside your house since it will invite termites. But also don't invite any horses inside your living room, like this photo. They may leave their calling card on your floor!

Just kidding, that's only a picture of a horse on the wall. But it does seem like he's sticking his head through a hole in the wall.

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Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water,

But because the homeowner didn't properly seal up the well,

Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after!

So you see what happens when you don't take the advice in my Home Inspection From A to Z book?

Jack and Jill ended up getting hurt because of the negligence of the property owner.

(I wonder if Jack and Jill got an "ambulance chaser" attorney to file a lawsuit against the homeowner?)

All unused wells must be properly sealed for safety. This well has a sealed cover over it.

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Is this what they meant when they said:

"A man's home is his castle"

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That's me, the author, doing a home inspection and appraisal for a client - in 3 feet of snow!
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