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Funeral Home.photo descriptions.HELP!

Discussion in 'Commercial/Industrial Appraisals' started by CGgonnabee, Dec 28, 2011.

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  1. CGgonnabee

    CGgonnabee Member

    Apr 10, 2008
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    Certified General Appraiser
    Struggling with photo labels...room with sample caskets...casket store...retail area? Morgue...body cooler? Embalming room...Mortician's lab?

    I am so NOT GOOD AT THIS ONE... stomach rolled the entire time I was there. Give me a convenience store next time, please.
  2. PropertyEconomics

    PropertyEconomics Elite Member

    Jun 19, 2007
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    New Mexico
    Why not just call it the Casket Room ....

    The Holding Room ... Receiving Room

    The Embalming Room ...

    Better yet .. why not call the Funeral Home and ask them the names of the rooms as they use them in their business ... very professional and both the borrower and the lender can discuss the appraisal using the same terminology because thats what you used. :icon_idea:
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  3. Tom Woolford

    Tom Woolford Elite Member

    Nov 20, 2005
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    Sample caskets = marketing area. Casket storage = warehouse, Morgue= refrigeration facilities, Lab = processing area.
  4. JT1974

    JT1974 Senior Member

    Dec 16, 2006
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    just be thankful you didn't have to label any photos with "cremation oven" or "femur grinder". The femur grinder is like a coffee grinder, but for bones that won't burn down like the femur, pelvis, etc.

    I guess it's assignments like funeral homes that make us all appreciate just how good we have it at our jobs. We may complain about uncooperative property owners at times, but I suppose over on the funeral directors forum dot com they complain about uncooperative corpses. You know, I'll bet that job is really getting difficult with the obesity problem in this country. Just think what those poor guys go through in the embalming room when they're trying to change the oil on a 400 pounder.

    Oh well, I've gotta get back to enjoying my holiday vacation..........this Captain Morgan and Pineapple isn't gonna drink itself!

  5. Terrel L. Shields

    Terrel L. Shields Elite Member
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    May 2, 2002
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    That's one assignment I would not have stomach for. A butcher shop is bad enough.
  6. Pittsburgh Pete

    Pittsburgh Pete Elite Member

    May 6, 2008
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    No stomach problems--funeral homes tend to be very clean and orderly. Usually not embalming during inspections. Except for the slight tinge of odor in the embalming areas, they are relatively easy on the stomach.
  7. ETex2

    ETex2 Sophomore Member

    Dec 10, 2004
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    I actually appraised a local county morgue a couple of years ago. Attorney for the county accompanied me on the inspection, and he completely freaked out and refused to set foot anywhere near where bodies were stored (even in lockers). Fortunately, no autopsies were being done while we were there.
  8. residentialguy

    residentialguy Elite Member

    Mar 24, 2009
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    Just label it: "Room where all the cool cats hang out" ....then sign the report with your Avatar.
  9. Brian Weaver

    Brian Weaver Senior Member

    Apr 16, 2005
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    Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.
    Service Entrance - Receiving caskets, bodies, flowers, etc.
    Reception Area -
    Chapel - Directly accessible from reception area. Sometimes called salons.
    Family Room - Screened from public view.
    Minister's Lounge -
    AV Room - Adjacent to or near chapel(s) where AV equipment is stored and run
    Preparation Room - Body prep, sinks, hoist, etc.
    Dressing Room - Adjacent to Prep, for makeup and whatnot
    Business Office -
    Arrangement Office - Private (not the same as the biz office)
    Selection Room - Casket showroom
    Flower Room -
    Restrooms -
    Staff Lounge -
    Utility Room -
    That's about it.
  10. Frederick

    Frederick Senior Member

    Nov 2, 2005
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    New Jersey
    I did one years ago and the oddest thing about it I thought was that it had an apartment that was rented to a young woman who lived by herself.

    I don't think I could have lived there by myself. Just a little too freaky on those stormy winter nights.
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