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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Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

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!

July 06, 2008 06:52 PM
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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?

July 06, 2008 06:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

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.

July 06, 2008 06:59 PM
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Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

I for one think "normal" is over rated----so go for it!

July 06, 2008 07:07 PM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Charlie,

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

July 06, 2008 11:32 PM
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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.