Twin-Pick Trivia Quiz -- Who Sued The Mansion Inspector?

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

I was browsing the news the other day and saw what I considered to be a timely and an interesting story. This involves a recent court settlement over a disputed "mansion" inspection.

Connecticut Mansion

The settlement amount was not disclosed but a famous "musician" recently settled a lawsuit against an engineering firm that had been hired to do an inspection on a property that was purchased six years ago. The celeb in question purchased the house from nobody other than former ear-biting heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.

Without getting too into all of the details, the crux of the lawsuit was that the firm did not give the musician enough warning about the costs of the various repairs that would be required at the property. The performer was told that the repairs would be in the neighborhood of $500,000 but the total bill, when all was said and done, was $6 million. Lucky for most of us inspectors, we do not give cost estimates -- especially when working with a mansion that has 19 bedrooms and 37 bathrooms. The celebrity, who had tried to re-sell the place a couple years back, had an asking price of $18.5 million. This is quite the spread.

Lawyers for the engineering firm that did the inspection argued that it had been a simple inspection, to look at roofs, decks, driveway and other parts of the property. They also state that the celebrity went overboard on repairs and spent way more money than was required for the various improvements. 

Yes, everyone, this is the lead in to yet another Twin-Pick Contest. This time we are not quizzing you so much about music as we are quizzing you about current events. Remember, the test self-corrects. Just click on a choice below. If you get the right answer, you will be taken to an award winning and charming video of the artist performing a so-called hit song. If you get it wrong you will be rudely insulted by one of my cadre of obnoxious cyber assistants. On second thought, you might be rudely assaulted either way.

Question: Which celebrity, of the names below, recently settled a lawsuit against his home or, more accurately, "mansion" inspector?

A. Rod Stewart

B. Barry Manilow

C. 50 Cent

D. Maria Carey

E. Janet Jackson

F. Snoop Doggy Dog

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Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

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Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
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Kathy,

I will try to supply you with a more interesting blog, with better music, tomorrow. I just could not resist the home inspector link.

June 17, 2009 06:02 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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I read this and also found it interesting.  Some folks always want to blame someone else.  I didn't like his song at all.  I'm also not into rap.

June 17, 2009 09:21 PM
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Steven L. Smith
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Barbara,

I think his music stinks.

June 17, 2009 11:08 PM
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Michael Thornton
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Interesting post Steven. I like Dan just figured out who is the biggest butt hole and has the biggest ego to feed. What can I say but "Piece of Cake"...

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

June 18, 2009 05:01 AM
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Jay Markanich
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The buyer would be the one on the list who needs something to show what a "big" and "important" person he/she is. 

June 20, 2009 03:29 AM
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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.