Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh

I understand that everyone has their own level of knowledge and expertise. As a home inspection generalist, I know (or hope that I do) more than the minimum required to perform a competent physical evaluation of the property I am inspecting. I anticipate that those professionals involved in the real estate transaction, be it Realtors, termite contractors or appraisers, have a similar minimum level of knowledge. I do not assume that everyone knows my profession and I also do not profess to know theirs. This mind set make it easier to explain to others( clients, contractors and real estate agents) in simple terms my findings and how those findings impact the inspected property.

That being said, there are times when I simply cannot keep from laughing. For instance:

Recently I inspected a1971 built home with aluminum 120 volt wiring visible in the main electrical panel. None of the current carrying conductors had been modified inside the panel and I recommended to the buyer that an electrical contractor certified to perform Copalum crimping evaluate the complete electrical system before the close of escrow (or the end of the inspection contingency). Out of all of the defects found at that property, I felt that that recommendation was the easiest to understand. The listing agent produced a receipt from an electrical contractor that detailed the aluminum repair. It seems that the electrical contractor believed that only the wiring at the switches, receptacles and light boxes needed to be repaired and only the hot wires of those outlets. After ½ an hour trying to explain to both the agent and the contractor, I walked away laughing and shaking my head.

Or this;
A 1950s home recently inspected was advertised as “completely remodeled, everything new”. I anticipated a complete rebuild with one remaining wall intact. What I found was new paint, new carpeting and tile floors, new cabinets and countertops as well as new kitchen appliances. What I did not see was new wiring, plumbing, heat and air conditioning, roof, windows, doors, etc. When I asked the agent why everything was “not new”, she said “All of the visible areas are new, that’s what is important”. How can I argue with that logic?

Not funny enough? How about the inspection last week where the seller ( after I asked him of any known defects) watched me examine the dishwasher interior, start the unit and then scramble to turn it off after it leaked on the kitchen floor. He said,” Yup, it did that the last time we tried it too.”

My point is that, with all of today’s responsibilities and pressures, we all need to lighten up from time to time.

Had a good laugh today?

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