This weekend I arranged a showing of a private sale house. The seller agreed to work with me as a buyer realtor on behalf of my buyers. Overall the house was in a good state of affairs. All that being said, what we soon realized as we looked around were some unconventional renovation practices. For some reason the seller has decided that the existing kitchen counters needed an update. Instead of leaving them or replacing them, the decision was made to sponge paint the counters in an attempt to imitate a natural stone such as a quartz or granite. Yes, it looks bad. Cosmetic opinions aside, it is unsafe and can be poisonous to the end user. Paint could easily end up absorbing itself into the very foods that would be prepared on the counter. Paint would easily chip and get everywhere. It could also be hazard in the event that something hot like a pot end up on the counter for even a short period of time. Paint could melt and release toxic fumes. Paint is not designed to be applied to an existing laminate counter top, enough said.
Moving on the basement. Oh boy, where do I begin? I don’t think the plumbing and electrical work could have been done with permits and according to building safety codes. I would like to show you the most confusing and disappointing part of the basement, that is the bathroom. For some reason we have 3 doors within a shoulder width apart. All 3 of them open against each other’s swinging space and hit and kock. The tile work is of course crooked and grouted with what felts like something very soft that frankly wasn’t grout. You can see that the plug which is right above the bathroom sink on the left is upside-down and not a CFCI plug socket, that is 100% against code. The final picture illustrates a sample of the lack of craftsmanship, no words can justify my point. If you own a house that you are planning to sell or simply plan to improve, don’t do the work yourself if you don’t have to. There are people, professional craftsman, they do specialized work for a living day in and day out. Hire someone that has been highly recommended to you! Don’t do the work yourself if you know that you probably won’t do good solid work; know your limits. Professionals know the rules, know the codes, and they have the years of experience to ensure a good job done on your house. Finally, it is supporting local. Support your local entrepreneur/small business. When you hire someone like that you are giving back to the community and contributing directly into the economy. You are also making a solid connection for future work needed for your own house and others who need the same.
In summary, why did I share this with you the end consumer? I did so that you can be educated as to what’s out there. Every once in a while I end up showing a house where the work is blatantly not safe. My primary goal, to educate you on what isn’t safe in a house. When you buy a house there are no guarantees, you are buying a house in the as-is state and condition. Yes there is plenty of humour to go around when it comes to the sloppiness of unskilled DIYers. My advice to you is for you to stick with me, I will ensure that you buy a house that is safe and the work that has been done is reasonable. It is always best to get a proper home inspection. Getting one done is the best money you can spend on your home buying experience and will do wonders for your peace of mind going in. Information you would get is valuable and key to understanding as much as possible about your potential next house.