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.
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board