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Perhaps they just liked blue!

 

Perhaps they just liked blue!

Baby blue at that.

Home inspectors notice the darndest things.  There is no stopping us, in fact, we can’t even stop ourselves.  Now most of the time, noticing things is a good thing---in terms of reducing the risk of missing things that do matter.

Other times it seems to result in a lot of mind clutter not unlike those people that always win Trivial Pursuit or who fill in the question long before Alex Trebek even finishes reading the answer.

So take a look at this matched set of baby blue appliances.

Baby Blue WasherBaby Blue Dryer 

One would think that over the course of the 11 year life of these appliances that someone would have noticed the blue peels off.

But then again---perhaps they just like blue.

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 22 commentsCharles Buell • February 28 2012 01:37PM
Perhaps they just liked blue!
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