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What's that funky smell?


It is pretty rare for someone to post something more disgusting than I can come up with, so I thought I would reblog this thing from Jason.  If you haven't checked out Jason's Blog consider this your opportunity.  There is definitely something fishy about this post but not his Blog!


As most of us are aware, there is an increased number of short-sale, repos (and the like) on the market right now. When I am called in to do an inspection on one of these types of homes, I am always leary of what I might, or might not, find--that is, some folks can get pretty dang malicious before moving out of a house. I have seen complete kitchens and bathrooms (cabinets and all) ripped out of the house; all the light fixtures and door hardware removed; all the appliances (including the generator and wood stove) taken; all the heat ducts disconnected in the crawlspace; and the list goes on...

I think the nastiest thing I have found so far has been the two full-sized fish that were tossed up into the attic space. When I popped open the attic access lid, I almost fell over from the stench!

When I told my clients about the fish they laughed and said that it explained why the windows were wide open in that bedroom the first time they looked at the house.

This and other similar experiences are making me consider wearing a full rain suit when traversing the attic and crawlspaces. Yuck!

Jason Aldrich | Owner, Licensed Home Inspector
Aldrich's Home Insepctions, Inc.
Serving the Sequim and Port Angeles Areas

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCharles Buell • September 21 2009 08:37PM


I can't imagine how bad the smell must of been for you!  Here in South Texas, in our extreme summer heat it could of been a lot worse.  It is a shame to see all the damage that an upset, vindictive homeowner or tenant can do to a property.

Posted by VERONICA MCCANTS (RE/MAX Land & Homes & RE/MAX Land & Homes on the Bay) over 9 years ago

Forget the rainsuit. Bring a little lemon, some garlic and a bottle of white wine!

Inspection and  a free dinner!

All kidding aside, this is pretty bad stuff.

Folks should just mellow out and do unto others.....

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 9 years ago

Veronica, wasn't too bad for me----but I suspect Jason didn't like it too much:)

Craig----I think this stuff was just a tad bit past the lemon stage:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles that's a good one!  The closest I have to that was a visit to a short-sale listing with my clients.  The tenants would not leave for the showing (it was summer time) and two of the big burly men were playing ping-pong shirtless in the living room, and in the hallway to the kitchen they were drying Carp!  Yuck!!!

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the repost Charles, I love meeting new interesting people.  I'm off to introduce myself today and maybe start messen with Jason tomorrow.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Kathryn and John, that sounds dang nasty----not much worse than decaying fish smell.

Tammy, he will be another good one to "mess" with:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago