After 25 years of “crawl spacing” (a friendly term that my friends and I call what we do), I sometimes ask myself why I love the home inspection profession so much. If you think about the yucky stuff, like crawling around in hot attics and various spider-filled tight squeezes, you might wonder what’s wrong with me.
I asked my friend and colleague Corey why he thought we did it. He said it’s because we have “FSO disease.” We love to Figure Stuff Out, including why “stuff” doesn’t work. I can’t tell you how many times I walk by something and it just doesn’t seem right. I will stare, test, prod and poke it until I figure out what’s wrong with the component I’m looking at.
Another reason I enjoy my work is that we get to use cool tools. I purchased a thermal imager to help with my inspection business. Today, I was shooting the ceilings of a condo and found a blue spot on the ceiling in a bedroom. It didn’t even dawn on me that a register was missing in the room. It turns out that the ductwork was placed to the point of discharge, but the register was never installed. Someone lived there for four years without heat or AC in the room.
But the biggest and most important reason I do this work is the feeling I get when I’m doing my closing interview with my clients and showing them all the issues that are present in the home they’re about to purchase. When I finish, they look me in the eye, shake my hand and say “thank you” with the most sincerity. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy that feeling. I help families with the largest purchase in their lives, and that’s pretty cool.
If you, or someone you know, would like to become an official member of the “FSO” community, please attend our upcoming Home Inspector Informational Seminar. This no-cost seminar will cover the requirements for obtaining a home inspector license, what it’s like to enter this rewarding career field, and the tools that are used in this exciting profession.
My name is Charles Bellefontaine, and I love crawl spacing!
Charles Bellefontaine is a veteran home inspector and licensed Illinois home inspector instructor. You can find out more about him at www.thehomeinspectors.com.