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What's The Deal With Water Heaters?

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S is for spittman

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This is the third FHA inspection in a row in the past two weeks where the properties are vacant and all the utilities are on except the water heater is off. This happens all the time even though I always notify the agent/seller before I come out that this is for FHA and I specifically need to check for hot water. They say "Oh sure, everything is good to go. We've just been waiting on you to call all week." [I just got the order yesterday]

Can anyone guess what the #1 response is after I send the report in "Subject-to" re-inspection of hot water heater?
 

Meandering

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Next time send them an email with a check box list of what needs to be done before you arrive.

Electric on,
Gas on,
Water heater on,
all electrical appliances, electric on,
crawl space entrance cleared,
crawl space cleared of debris,
attic access available,
attic cleared of debris,

Tell them to use the check box list you emailed them. That will save both them and their clients time and money to have it all done right the first time.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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They forget that they turned it "off" or to "vacation" - or like the property I am trying to unload, they didn't tell us they were appraising it and apparently got a key from someone without even notifying me....the administrator of the estate. Not that I give a crap. They paid 10% down - non-refundable- and this was an absolute estate sale so if their lender expects us to "fix" anything or jump through hoops...read the contract buddy. This was an "as is" sale and we will keep your 10%. And by not contacting me, the appraiser ignores what I knew, like we used 15,000 gallons of water in an empty house...duh. That's why the water was "cut off".
 

Meandering

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Thank you Terrel.

More reason why appraisers should speak to those involved in the transaction, and not run around like the Gods of value, refusing information from anyone who is not themselves.
 

miktay

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Thank you Terrel.

More reason why appraisers should speak to those involved in the transaction, and not run around like the Gods of value, refusing information from anyone who is not themselves.

God of value... I like that!
 

AMF13

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New company name. Gods of Value! :ROFLMAO:
 

Howard Klahr

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Can anyone guess what the #1 response is after I send the report in "Subject-to" re-inspection of hot water heater?
Why don't you go straight to the electric panel and turn it on when you arrive and then do the rest of your inspection? By the time you're done the water heater should have developed enough hot water to determine of its operating. Result, no re-inspection required. Even if it only works some of the time, it is that many less that you'll need to re-inspect.

A little common sense and forethought goes a long way to resolving issues.
 

Michigan CG

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Next time send them an email with a check box list of what needs to be done before you arrive.

Electric on,
Gas on,
Water heater on,
all electrical appliances, electric on,
crawl space entrance cleared,
crawl space cleared of debris,
attic access available,
attic cleared of debris,

Tell them to use the check box list you emailed them. That will save both them and their clients time and money to have it all done right the first time.

Um, no. I call and set up the appointment. At the time of the call I remind them it is an FHA report and all utilities need to be on. They are Realtors, professionals; they need to take care of their clients. Part of taking care of their clients is knowing what is required for an FHA loan.
 

miktay

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Um, no. I call and set up the appointment. At the time of the call I remind them it is an FHA report and all utilities need to be on. They are Realtors, professionals; they need to take care of their clients. Part of taking care of their clients is knowing what is required for an FHA loan.

I completely agree, Howard K.
It is not our responsibility to pre-heat the water when we arrive.
My mind is on one thing when I am there. What is this place worth?
 
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