Home Inspector's Nightmare

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc
When I talk to people who have graduated from college, myself included but that would be talking to myself, I find that many of us have had the same nightmare. It is something on the order of it being the last day of class and you are suppossed to graduate and, at that exact moment, you realize that you forgot to attend a class or to withdraw from a class in a timely manner. Mental anguish, and waking in a cold sweat, follows as you realize your lack of attention to detail will result in not graduating. That dream has not happened to me in years but, since I am now some 30 years out of college, that is a good thing. I would not want to be stuck in the past. Now my nightmares, and night sweats, involve some wacky dream about a home inspection, past, present or future. I will share one, start to finish.

Telephone rings

Answered:

Inspector: King of the House Home Inspection

Prospective client: Hi, I am interested in an inspection, do you inspect fireplaces and chimneys.

Inspector: Sure do, wood stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, B-vents. I look at all of them.

Prospective client: If I hired you, you would do that at my house too, check out everything like that?

Inspector: Sure would, that is part of the job.

Prospective client: Okay, you are hired but you have to guarantee to check the chimneys, vents, fireplace, woodstove. They are very important to me.

Inspector: Deal, see you next week.

Next week arrives. Inspector pulls into the driveway of prospective client's home. The photo below is the nightmare. This vision comes to the inspector in the middle of the night. A cold sweat and a panic attack follow.

 

Bellingham home inspector, king of the house

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

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Sean Allen
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Steve,

That is a funny one. Sure is alot of vents on that roof.

Sean Allen

Jul 06, 2008 05:16 PM #1
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Steven L. Smith
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Sean,

That would even make Charlie B cringe, manly as he claims to be.

Jul 06, 2008 05:24 PM #2
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Charles Buell
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I sure hope that is photo shopped----there would be enough waste heat to heat the whole neighborhood

Jul 06, 2008 06:30 PM #3
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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No photo shop. Remember me calling you this morning, while walking in Mt Vernon. I had driven by this spot and had to get a photo.

Jul 06, 2008 06:40 PM #4
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Charles Buell
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I would love to know what is going on in there----a gas fireplace display room perhaps?

Jul 06, 2008 06:51 PM #5
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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Also,

Charlie, just because you are a master of special effects....rubber snakes, bait and switch, that does not make all of us that way. Charlie Lucas Spielberg lives!

Jul 06, 2008 06:52 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Steve, what's wrong with this house??  I can't see anything different from any Arkansas house?

Jul 06, 2008 06:54 PM #7
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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Barbara,


There is NOTHING wrong here. For a home to have what is considered to be "sufficient" heat it has to have a source of heat in every room. Hence, 31 appurtenances. Charlie B just trys to be the big shot. He knows this is normal in Arkansas or here.

Jul 06, 2008 06:59 PM #8
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Charles Buell
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I for one think "normal" is over rated----so go for it!

Jul 06, 2008 07:07 PM #9
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Charlie,

I think that it is apparent that you think normal is over rated.

Jul 06, 2008 11:32 PM #10
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