Screwing It Up

It's always informational and fun to have a home inspection with Billy Jays oh now I mean Jay Markanich.  And of course it was a hoot to find Lenn Harley's card sitting on the counter.  Looks like Active Rain was crossing paths on Saturday in Woodbridge.

There is many a thing I like to see installed by screwing it up.

Drywall is one.
Decking boards would be another.
Kitchen cabinets, with the proper screws.
Guardrails, support joists, long beams - all screwed, or lagged, or bolted to screws - all good when screwed up.

How about when a kitchen cabinet drawer pops off.

Should it be repaired by screwing it up?

Apparently, screwing it up really tightly is very important too.

And don't forget - ALL FOUR CORNERS!

When you're going to screw it up, you want to screw it all up!

This drawer front apparently came off somehow.  The drawer carcass still works, sliding back and forth about an inch.

But this cover is no longer attached to the drawer!  It is attached to the cabinet!  It was screwed up!

But wait! My client's Realtor, one Cindy Jones, pointed out something else.

What's that on the counter above the drawer?

Why, it's a business card.

Let's have a closer look.

Certainly looks like some country bumpkin has come down from way, way out of town to see this house!

As it turns out, I saw that same country bumpkin later the same day.

She did not remember the house.  It was on her list of previews one day as she was searching for homes to present to her buying client.

I met that buying client too!  She had picked another very nice house not far from this one! 

Unfortunately it did not have a screwed up drawer front, but you take'em one at a time and call'em as you see'em!

My recommendation:  sometimes you see things you have never seen before.  Like a screwed up drawer front!  Often it is hard to understand what people are thinking, but when buying a home you might have to take the bad with the good.  Overall, if the place is good, don't screw it up!  Buy it!


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Comment balloon 12 commentsCindy Jones • July 22 2012 03:44PM


Well, you knew this was coming!  This was the only fodder in the house!  And only because it was fun and I could weave the card into it!  Lenn didn't remember that house!

Thanks for the reblog!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Ahh... too funny Cindy! I missed Jay's post, thanks for sharing it. The drawer front definitely got _______.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) about 7 years ago

Too funny Cindy!  Looks like you were all very busy that day lol :)!  One thing's for sure, that drawer aint openin any time soon :)!  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 7 years ago

Jay-glad Active Rain could keep you busy this weekend...both in real business and blog fodder.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 7 years ago

Rene-if they had just left it off it could have been repaired the right way.  Now the buyer gets to buy a new drawer front.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 7 years ago


My best guess is that the homeowners where not thinking, the they could fixed the draws correctly.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 7 years ago

Brenda-we were hoping to find a wad of cash in the drawer.  But nope it's empty.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 7 years ago

Hilarious, Cindy!  You must have had a hoot when you saw Lenn's card there!  I've never seen a "screwed up drawer!"  Pretty funny story!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Cindy,

This is way too fun!! I 'm sure you had a good laugh when you saw Lenn's card there! Too bad the drawer was empty..bummer!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 7 years ago

Cindy, OH, that hurts....I hate to see cracked (screwed up) wood.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 7 years ago

That's great, Cindy.  I keep hoping one of my AR friends pops up in the Shenandoah Valley.  Of course, I might be more likely to pop up in your neighborhood.  

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 7 years ago

I see anger and frustration - that damnded drawer front fell off just one too many times!

"There! Now it's not falling off again."

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 7 years ago

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