Random things I’ve seen while inspecting houses

One of my favorite things about appraising is the the random things I come across while inspecting houses. Here are a few gems  I’ve seen recently. Enjoy.

Foam Repair Job

Foam Repair Job: This window was leaking, so a large amount of foam spray was used to stop the leak. Not very attractive, but it did get the job done.  🙂

golf ball mailbox - by Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Golf Ball Mailbox: At this point in life I’m honestly more of a miniature golfer, but a reader sent this to me, and it made me smile. What do you think? Is it a selling point? What does this do for curb or neighborhood appeal?

new well in Rancho Cordova

A Well That Looks Like a House: Golden State Water Company recently demolished a house in Rancho Cordova and constructed a well in its place (since a new well was needed). Being that the previous house was surrounded by nothing but single family detached homes, it’s nice to see the new well was designed in a way to blend in with surrounding homes as much as possible. This is on the corner of Paseo Drive and Malaga Way.

warning sign quotation marks

“Warning” Sign on Porch: I promise you I am not a grammar snob by any stretch, but since I’ve run into The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks a few times, this doorstep sign did tickle my intellect. When putting “warning” in quotations, it actually calls in to question whether it is a warning or not.

holes in backyard from dogs - by sacramento appraisal blog

Dog Digging: At first when I saw this backyard I thought either there was some sort of funky geological issue going on, a gigantic snake infestation problem or maybe the kids dug out a hobbit habitat. This is actually the result of a digging dog.

Any thoughts?

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I hate to burst your bubble

I came across a “bubble car” in Yolo County this week. I’ve never seen such a thing and I’m still not too sure what the real purpose of this bubble is either. Do you have any ideas? No matter what the reason, I do wonder how neighbors feel about the bubble. Many times when a home owner steps outside the lines of neighborhood conformity, it can bother residents and sometimes even impact property value depending on what is done. An effect on value would likely involve a permanent change rather than something like the bubble. But still, this scenario brings up an important conversation about conformity.

Would it bother you if your neighbors had a “bubble” in their driveway? Where do you draw the line for what is acceptable and not in a neighborhood?

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“Settling” for a house at the beach

I ran across this house last week while enjoying some time off in Huntington Beach. Can you see any evidence of settling? Might the crooked door, window and roofline be an indicator that something is not right here? How have you seen foundation issues impact real estate deals?

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What do you think of this toilet?

I saw this photo in MLS a while back while doing research for an appraisal in Stockton. Yes, this is an installed toilet in the crawl space of a residential single family home. The photo was labeled “non-permitted toilet installation”. They say a picture is worth a thousands words, and that just might be true in this case. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments.

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