If there was ever a damage deposit that went up in smoke it would have to be one for an apartment I inspected the other day. EVERYTHING was decorated in yellow. Now I don’t hate yellow---in fact my house is yellow.
However my house is not, “Nicotine Yellow.” If I was going to name a paint color, I probably would not use “Nico-yellow” as a name---even if it was accurate. All the walls and every thing in the unit had a slight tinge of nico-yellow and one could only wonder how anyone could live in such conditions.
Take a look at the air circulation patterns at these two baseboard electric heaters. The odor of re-heated nicotine was impressive.
Of course the ultimate indicator was the marks on the ceiling above the light fixture at the dining room table. Makes one want to eat something yummy-yellow!
As the heat from the bulbs rises, it carries the cigarette particulate with it where the nicotine then collects on the ceiling above. It sort of adds a decorative effect that becomes part of the light fixture---don’t you think?
They may have to smoke something else to think they will ever see their damage deposit back on this rental.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board