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Attention to Detail, or What Were Ya Thinking?!

Attention to Detail, or What Were Ya Thinking?!


I go to take my good friend’s daughter to go out looking for a house.  It was probably a 50 miute ride, but her buying a home in this town was going to turn her hour commute each way every day to about 20.  Neither of us really knows the town, so it’ll be nice for a change of scenery.


Now you would think, or at least I would, that there would be a few things that any rehabber would think of when they get a “cheap” property to flip.  They might get a good deal on bank owned properties located in good areas.  Blown septic systems, mold, holes in sheetrock, etc are always good bargaining leverage.  Sometimes they do a great job!  Other times, not so much…


First home was almost perfect.  Location location location.  Pride of ownership on the block.  HUGE yard.  ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL inside!  Spacious, stainless, granite, AWESOME!  And then, wer walked outside to see the yard.  It was dark out, which I usually hate, but her hours didn’t allow us to go in daylight.  It seemed like an odd layout the way it was situated to the house next door.  I had my Maglite in hand, I sneezed, the light bounced and then I saw it…


Across the yard, from left to right, literally just out of reach on my tippy toes, was a wrapped in black set of power cables as wide as my fist.  2 ROWS OF THEM, going across the entire backyard of 3 houses, then separate cables just as big going INTO each home.   Might as well have been a power tower!


But the last one, which she is now trying to buy, was the best.  Spacious, beautiful yard, BIG rancher, all new stainless appliances, hardwood floors and custom tile in the bathrooms.  As we’re getting ready to walk out of the main bathroom, she started to LAUGH!!!  We didn’t know what was going on, her husband was like omg, what is it?!  She’s bent over, she’s laughing so hard, and she points to the tub.  Me and her husband look at each other, puzzled, and then WE SEE IT…


toilet paper holder in the shower

Her husband looks, cocks his head and says, “a washcloth holder maybe???”

need a closer look?  here…


As she pulls lightly on the little rod there, she says, “I don’t think so, lol!”  As we were all in the right place should we wet our pants laughing, we nearly did!  Yep, that is a toilet paper roll holder installed in the tile in the tub, lol!  And NO, it really wasn’t in reach of the toilet, either…


So, they decide they want the home, along with a few additional add ons.  I call the listing agent, run down the list of add ons, and said, “Oh, and they’d like the toilet paper holder removed from the tub.”  There was a moment of silence.  She talks out loud as she’s writing the list, and says, “replace ruuuug… remooooove toilet paper holder frommmm….  wait, what?”  I repeated myself.  She just says, “You’re kidding me, right?”  I said, “did you NOT see it?”  Silence.  I said wait, as I texted her the pics.  She laughed harder than we did!  The builder wasn’t too happy, but at least it’s getting done, lol!  Who the heck put it there?  I dunno, but he won’t be making THAT mistake again…


Have you had any surprise construction install surprises? Let me know!  I’d love to hear them :0)

~Chris :0)


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Christine Gerbehy

Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach Realtors

Northfield Office

1001 Tilton Rd. Northfield, NJ 08225


The Difference Between Looking At a Home Online vs In Person

The Difference Between Looking At a Home Online vs In Person

SURPRISE!!! That’s what usually goes off in the background when you walk into a house that you saw online, only to see that it’s NOTHING like what it looked like when you saw it on Zillow. Size, noises, smells, there are a TON of things that you WON’T see in the listing online…

It never fails.  You THINK you’ve found the perfect home looking on Zillow.  You’ve convinced yourself that the house is perfect, yard is huge, house is beautiful, huge master, bigger den, full basement.  Then you get there to walk through it.  And, it’s a SHOE BOX.  Not even, small, it’s TINY…

That’s what a wide angle lens camera will do to you.  You see, it’s a special camera that you can use to fit an entire room into a photo.  You can’t do that with most regular cameras.  And, the problem is, it makes the room look three times the size.  So, don’t have your heart set on a house before you go physically see it.

Then, let’s talk about SMELLS.  When an agent takes pictures of a home for sale, 9 times out of ten, they’re removing the dog bowls, cat bowls, litter box, and anything else that says potentially, there may be pet odors in the home.  So, you won’t find that out till you get there.  Same goes for that farm next door to that beauty!  You won’t see any yard pics that will show that farm next door, especially if you can smell any manure of anything else at the property…

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Lastly, NOISE.  Guys, you have no idea from pictures if the next door neighbor has a dog that barks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Your house may back up to a major highway.  Last year I showed a GORGEOUS home in a nice area, and we didn’t realize until we were IN The home, and heard the noise outside, that there was a lumber yard right across the street adjacent to the home.  We could barely see it around the corner, but we heard it!  And, they received deliveries practically around the clock.

So, before you have your heart set on a house you see online, GO SEE IT.  And, go see it at different times of day.  See your potential neighbors, their kids.  Traffic.  Noise.  You NEED to do this, or you may be in for some unpleasant surprises after it’s too late.

~Christine Gerbehy

About the Author: Christine Gerbehy is a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors in Northfield, NJ. and is e-Pro certified. Realtor, writer, blogger, wife, mother and zookeeper, I LOVE what I do. ALL of it. Let me help you to buy or sell your property, ’cause This Mama Sells Real Estate!

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