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There simply HAS TO BE some drugs I can Take for this!

     Have you caught yourself wandering around the house at all hours of the day and night with a flashlight or screw driver,

1. checking to see how your chrome sink traps are doing, or

2. coughing your way across the attic to see if your attic vents have screens, or

3. looking to see if there is water in your crawl space, or

4. measuring the space between your deck balusters, or

5. testing the reversing mechanism on your garage door, or

6. standing out in the pouring rain to see if your gutters are leaking, or

7. checking to see where your TPRV drains to, or

8. (do you smell gas?), or

9. checking to see if your barge rafters are properly flashed, or

10. looking to see what type of hoses your washing machine has, or

11. finding yourself checking the water temperature with the family rectal thermometer, or

12. questioning whether every grease mark you find is actually signs of rats in your home?

     If you find yourself answering yes to more than 6 but less than 8 of these 12 questions (please don't try to figure that out:) you may be a "INSPECTOCHONDRIAC."

(To "loosely" paraphrase Wikipedia) Inspectochondriasis (or inspectochondria, sometimes referred to as house phobia) refers to an excessive preoccupation or worry about your home having serious problems. Often, inspectochondria persists even after a home inspector has evaluated the house and reassured the owner/buyer that his/her concerns about the home do not have an underlying structural basis or, if there are structural issues, the concerns are far in excess of what is appropriate for the amount of damage. Many people suffering from this disorder focus on a particular defect as the catalyst of their worrying and buyer's remorse, such as unexplained odors (gastro-intestinal problems), squeaky floors, or reduced functional flow. Many individuals with inspectochondriasis express doubt and disbelief in the home inspector's recommendations, and report that home inspector's reassurance about an absence of serious structural or other defects within the home is unconvincing, or un-lasting.  Many inspectochondriacs require constant reassurance, from realtors, home inspectors, mold specialists, and licensed structural engineers; and, the disorder can become a disabling torment for the individual with inspectochondriasis, as well as his/ her family, realtor, home inspector and mortgage broker.   

      Now, while there are 12 step programs for this condition, successful control requires a thorough understanding of the 12 questions above-----good luck! 

     Or----you may just have what it takes to become a home inspector.











Charles Buell 

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Comment balloon 11 commentsCharles Buell • March 24 2008 02:50PM
There simply HAS TO BE some drugs I can Take for this!
Have you caught yourself wandering around the house at all hours of the day and night with a flashlight or screw driver, 1. checking to see how your chrome sink traps are doing, or 2. coughing your way across the attic to see if your attic… more
"Nooks n' Crannies" are for English Muffins.
As we all know ventilation fans should not be terminated in the attic. This type of installation can lead to adding moisture to the attic space resulting in damage to the roof structure and may lead to mold growth in the attic. All exhaust… more
Washington State Licensed Home Inspector (has a nice ring to it)!
I just want to post an announcement that as of 2:30 this afternoon Washington State became the most recent state to pass a Home Inspector Licensing Law when Governor Christine Gregoire signed ESB-6606 into law. On September 1 2009, it will be… more
Have you been screened for bugs?
The attics of many older homes were often vented through the gable ends of the home. Today's homes sometimes have them also. Proper ventilation of attics could be fodder for many blogs, but today I just want to limit the discussion to Gable… more
But---I am INTO "recrreational" defibrillation!
I have discussed this in the past, but it is one of my pet peeves, and deserves repeating over and over until I don't see the issue any more. (I no doubt will be waiting a long time and I won't be holding by breath. I am used to tilting at… more
Do you know where your TPRV is tonight?
A common defect that inspectors find is improperly terminated drains from the water heater TPRV (Temperature/Pressure/Relief/Valve). While there are numerous ways that it can be improperly terminated, today's blog is about when they are… more
This window is "Paneful" (almost as much as the pun:)
As a builder I was often faced with having to redo things due to mistakes or change orders. I once had an old carpenter tell me that the difference between a good carpenter and a poor carpenter is that a good carpenter knows how to make his… more
Out of sight----out of mind.
A while back, Leslie Bloss asked me to comment on how often people should have their homes inspected. It made me think a bit, because most homes never see a home inspector unless it is being sold. I will direct my comments to the North West,… more
"Jumanji! "----what is that flood coming down the stairs?
Newer requirements for water heater installation call for there to be pans with drains when the heaters are installed in areas where leaking might cause damage. I think these pans are a great idea for water heaters and washing machines. … more
Blowing bubbles is for kids…
The other day I was working in my office and noticed someone walking into my back yard. It turns out that it was a local gas company representative checking the gas meter for leaks. I never even knew they did this; but given the number of… more