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Walked through the wrong house, again.

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G-man

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Ok, has this ever happened to anyone else? I walked through the wrong house in the inner city of Toledo. The home I walked through didn't have any address numbers on the outside, and I must have mis-read the address on my folder in the car. I knocked on the door, explained who I was & what I was doing & the tenants (first clue I was in the wrong home), let me in. Walked through the house, taking a few measurements & realized that yep, I'm in the wrong home. Thanked the tenants for letting me through & left. Then I walked down four homes & walked through the right house.
I can't be alone in this, am I? Maybe I need to have my morning coffee earlier.
 
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Y-TOWN

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Ok, has this ever happened to anyone else? I walked through the wrong house in the inner city of Toledo. The home I walked through didn't have any address numbers on the outside, and I must have mis-read the address on my folder in the car. I knocked on the door, explained who I was & what I was doing & the tenants (first clue I was in the wrong home), let me in. Walked through the house, taking a few measurements & realized that yep, I'm in the wrong home. Thanked the tenants for letting me through & left. Then I walked down four homes & walked through the right house.
I can't be alone in this, am I? Maybe I need to have my morning coffee earlier.

During an extremely busy time years ago I did the same thing.

I completed a full interior inspection of a new Rite-Aid including all back areas (manager was very nice during the process). I was finishing up the exterior photos and looked at the CVS on an opposite corner. I had parked on the street upon arrival to get some street photos and inadvertently gone into the wrong drug store.

I was supposed to be doing the CVS store, which I immediately inspected and got the heck out of that area.

I often wondered what the manager said in his call to corporate. He kept asking me during the inspection "are they closing this store"? Thank god I didn't give the manager my business card.

Sometimes these things just happen - I haven't thought about that inspection for years. Your post brought a much needed chuckle this morning.
 

Wayne Tomlinson

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Wrong Property

I once inspected a small home in a small village with no street signs, nor numbers. There were two vacancies adjacent. No key so I went through a window, looked it all over and finally decided that I was really in the wrong place. I went out the door, and into the next home. This one had at least a dozen mattresses lying aound. i did my thing, and completed my report. It was a RD REO. No MLS, no old picture also no one but me knew it.

Actually the values would not have been different anyhow.

You feel pretty foolish when you do that.

Wayne Tomlinson.
 

Don Clark

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I did that once. The numbers on the house appeared to say xx6, but in fact it was a 9 that was upside down. Lady on the front porch let me in, grinned at me as I did my thing, took photos and left. Later that day I received a call from a very angry owner who said i failed to show for the appointment. I explained what had happened, we both had a laugh, and he rescheduled with me. :shrug:
 

Corinne Garcia

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I've done that twice. Both times involved HO work schedule and daylight hours. in both instances, I asked if there were any BIG dogs that would eat me and if I would have backyard access if I arrived early to begin the exterior inspection while I had good lighting. I was granted permission both times. One ~ I did a complete exterior inspection on the house next door. When the HO didn't show up on time, I called and was told, "I'm home!" so rechecked the order form for the right address. DOH!!
The other, I was off by one street and figured it out this time BEFORE (but not until after I did the complete exterior) calling the HO. DOH!! DOH!!

Before anyone thinks that I'm a complete idiot: The street one was off by one letter from the next ~ something like: Calle de Bonito / Calle de Bonita. Ya see, out here in the Wil-Wild-West, we do things a little different. Half of roadways are named either 'camino' or 'calle' or 'paseo' or 'avenida' ~ often times (Santa Fe - "Paseo de la Conquistadora"; Camino del Monte Sol"; etc), we can't even get the full street name to fit on the address line in the grid of the URAR without reducing the font. It is not unusual to find two different streets within the same small town named "Camino de Chingadera" and "Calle de Chingadera". My favorite: "Este es Eso" Road. (I've found that one in TWO different towns!!)
 

Lawrence R.

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Yeah, but how about this?

The other day, my renter called and was having plumbing problems. I called my usual plumber. I get a call from him stating that my tenant has changed the story and now the problem is in the disposal, not the toilet. Don't worry he says, I fixed it for him.

"Him?", I say..."my tenant is a female!". Needless to say he was one street over at 602 something else street. Not 602 the right street.

Funny thing was, the person he dealt with knew he hadn't called a plumber, but knew he needed his help.

Well, all in all, no charge to the wrong tenant, though I am sure I absorbed it in my bill, LOL.

At least you didn't do something like THAT!
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Our local town when 911 was adopted county wide, had to change street names and numbers. Our blocks were started at 0 - 100 and the county wanted them to start numbering from 100- up. The street names were relatively easy to 'fix' but lots of folks didn't take their street numbers down..so we ended up about a block away before realizing the mistake several times.
 

David Beasley

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LOL! I have many times worried about doing that very thing...but KNOCK ON WOOD it has not come to pass yet. Like Don said above, how many times have we seen a 6 that should've been a 9 but had fallen upside down? Bunches.

I have appraised the wrong home once before, but it was because of a snafu with the order (wrong address and legal on the request) and I didn't catch it because the owners of both homes were the same...I did a rental property when I should have been measuring the landlord's personal home. I think the landlord must have provided this info as a part of his loan app as an asset w/rental income, and the addresses got mixed up somewhere between taking the app and ordering the appraisal.

Hey, we're all human. Stuff happens. We all got a chuckle out of it, fixed the mistake, and went on with our lives. My client even paid me for the appraisal on the rental unit (we didn't catch the mistake until I submitted the report).
 

c w d

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I'm not saying I did. But, I'd never admit it. :new_all_coholic:
 

Mike Boyd

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Refi appraisal. I drove up to the suspect house. Elderly H&W were working in the yard.

I introduced myself and told them I had to measure, take photos and inspect the outside then I would have to go inside to draw a floorplan and take more photos. The couple was very nice, smiling and acknowledging the proceedure. I was measuring away when I heard the lady ask her husband......"dear, why are we having the house appraised?" He said, "I have no idea, I thought it was something to do with insurance."

Wrong house.
 
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