We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Door Locks

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As a Realtor you see a lot of things that just make you shake your head. I can’t even begin to imagine all the stuff home inspectors see. some people get really creative.

Crutchnoun – /krutch/ – a long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support by a lame person.

My first introduction to a crutch was in reading Uncle Wiggily books as a small child.  He had a barber pole crutch to help with his rheumatism, and was never without it.

I was pretty sure I knew what a crutch is used for.








And if you did too, we were both wrong!

Yesterday, on a home inspection with AR’s Renee Montgomery, we ran into this.

Oh, it’s a long stick, with a crosspiece at the top, but in this case it does not support a lame person.

And it’s working pretty well!

The door on the left had the hardware still in place to lock the door.

But the right door had no hardware, and since the garage door opener was disconnected and not operating, there was no way to lock the door.  An enterprising person, with a vision for multi-use, found this crutch somewhere in the house and put it to use.  And it works great!

When a house is for sale it is not a good idea to have an unlocked door.  Too inviting!

When is a door not a door?  When it’s ajar!  And ajar, it’s an invitation…



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia


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