Some people think my job is difficult—like rocket science.
I wish my job was Rocket Science—-but for the most part it isn’t.
Home inspectors need good observation skills. Some would argue that teaching that part of the job to wannabe inspectors is the difficult part—-if it is possible at all. With enough time and commitment one can learn everything one needs to know, and can become very good at figuring out things, but the ability to “SEE” is more difficult to learn and teach.
When things are not right, the things that are “not right” must jump at the inspector like a hungry tiger—almost as if the defect is finding the inspector as opposed to the other way around.
Beginning inspectors are so intent on finding defects that they often look right past things that would otherwise have them for lunch if those things hadn’t already eaten the previous inspector.
That said—-some things jump out of the shadows more easily than others.
Take this picture of an improperly terminated plumbing vent pipe for example—-if there is anything I can’t stand it is obviousness (to loosely quote Mickey Rourke in “Barfly.”
Perhaps the plumber didn’t get paid.
Perhaps someone ran out of weekends.
Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
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