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"Near death experience"----taking out the garbage!

    The worst words a man can here his sweetie say is, "We have to talk"-----sends a guy right to his cave.

     Believe it or not I got thinking about this when I took out the garbage this morning.  I wasn't taking the garbage out because I was in the dog-house or anything----in fact she usually takes it out.  But this morning she asked me to take it out----so she could sleep in.

     It seems that every-other house on our street is for sale right now----not an indication of anything----just the luck of the draw for some reason.  It is NOT a sign of a mass exodus from the Northwest like in 1971 when a couple of real estate agents put up a billboard that said: "Will the last person leaving SEATTLE -- Turn out the lights."   For the past several months it has not been surprising to see the signs come and go on our street.

House for Sale 

     The problem with this one is that-----this is MY house!

     Which is why I was wondering if my sweetie had neglected to tell me something, and why I hadn't heard those words, "We have to talk."

     It turns out that she was as surprised as me----but a little madder----that some misguided sales person had put their advertisement at our property to become both blog fodder and dumpster fodder.

Charles Buell  

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Comment balloon 55 commentsCharles Buell • September 23 2008 08:29AM

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Oh my gosh, Investors do some strange things sometimes... Did you call the number and complain?

Posted by ama hender about 10 years ago

Charles, that does not look like a professional realtor sign.  Did you call the number on the sign?  Maybe it was a joke by one of your neighbors

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) about 10 years ago

Good morning Charles. From the photo, I'm to assume you live in corner house. At a quick glance it easy to determine its the corner house for sale and not down the street. You must have being in a good mood, because I would have kick the c*#! out of it and trash it. ~ Newbie

 

                                                                                    

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) about 10 years ago

Too funny!  Perhaps the sign is from a lender. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Amanda----in the dumpster:)

Christine, I like the "neighbors" idea:)

Roy, it was pretty funny.

Lenn, I could use some money:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

This sign looks like dumpster material to me. It would have been a rude awakening if it was really  her handywork! I am glad you are not in the doghouse!

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 10 years ago

Wow!  I hope it was just a neighbor playing a prank.  I would have called the number on the sign and given them an earful though. 

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) about 10 years ago

Was it just another Realtor trying to drum up business? Once a homeowner called me to tell me that someone had put my sign in her yard. When I went to get it, I saw there were 6 others in the yard as well. Pranksters.

Posted by Robin Scott, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) about 10 years ago

Betina, good dumpster material---don't get myself in the "doghouse" too often:)

Sheree, I don't think it was a prank----just someone without a brain:)

Robin, pranksters----I love a good practical joke:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Dear Mr Charles,

Some of my extended relatives would be interested in purchasing your home if the price is right. Although they are extended family, they do not wish to be over-extended family. Therefore, we are hoping you will carry the contract. There might be another reason everyone is moving out from around you, but I am too polite to go there.

Nutsy,

Certified Home Inspection Assistant

Licensed and bonded

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I thought it looked like it was written by a rodent!  cw

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) about 10 years ago

HHmmm, That is funny. YEARS ago I had an old Reators "for sale" sign and decided to play a prank on a friend of ours. I covered the sign with poster board an wrote on it "For Sale by Owner - Must sell very quickly. Cal xxx-xxx-xxxx". I put the true home owners phone number on the sign. I placed the sign in front of the house late on a saturday night..... just in time for teh Sunday Lookie-loos to drive by and see.

Unfortunately the home owner saw the sign early the next morning and removed it before the phone started ringing.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) about 10 years ago

One April Fools day, years back, I had a big roll of the yellow plastic tape cops use. It said:

Crime scene, do not cross. My biz partner had a store on the busiest street in the town. I wrapped that all around the front of his store. I thought it was pretty funny, he thought it was less so.

Interesting to see that Nutsy checked in on this one prior to my getting up.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Verry funny. I think you should consider Nutsy's offer... Hey maybe Nutsy can chew up the sign! ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Nutsy---your relatives already had their chance-----I booted there busy tails when I moved in!  Some of your hairless tailed cousins also got the boot.

Cheryl, I hadn't thought of that----but you are right.

Sean, even from here I can see you being a prankster:)

Steve, I had this employee that coveted his bicycle, so one day we completely encased it in 2 full rolls of 2" blue tape and put it up in a tree:)  Nutsy would have appreciated it.

Rita, good idea----a yellow glow in the dark squirrel:)

 

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charles, LOL, Maybe sweetie was trying to tell you something... It certainly made for some good blog fodder...

Posted by Bubba Fife (Complete Property Maintenance) about 10 years ago

Dad, I think Nutzy may have put that sign up just to mess with your mind.  Nutzy's probably thinking if he can get you to sell the house he can inspect it for you (you couldn't cause that'd be a conflict of intrest). Nutzy's kinda sharp for being the dullest tool in the shed.  (Squirrel this is a word that is Greek in origin it means "one that hides behind the shadow of his own tail"  sounds about right).  You can always pay em back by going down to Broadway and writing that number in a few creepy bathroom stalls.  That is if you were really vindictive. There goes me and my evil mind.

Posted by Klee B. Patel about 10 years ago

How funny!  We used to have folks move the signs from a true for sale house to one that was occupied by their friends.  I guess those kids grew up.  One of the funniest things I ever saw was a yard with forks stuck all over it in nice neat rows.  They'd been "forked" whatever that meant.  It must have been so much work that it didn't become a fad.

It's kinda strange that sweetie asked you to take out the garbage......she may be telling you something.......

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 10 years ago

Looks like a true professional at work. Hope the rest of the week is fun for you!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Bubba, you want to elaborate on that (that means explain:)

Klee, I gotta say that is an awesome definition of "squirrel"----you have just made a good friend of Steve I am sure:)

Barbara, that does sound like a fad that would be short lived.

Lizette, having a great week here.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charlie - Kids! Funny, I use to move the signs from one property and relocate them to another when I was a kid. Now, i'm the one having to track down signs! Had a seller cal last week to tell me the neighborhood kids might have taken her sign. I was looking for another to replace it when she called me back to say she had found it up the street. Kids will be kids!  

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) about 10 years ago

That sign has Steve & Nutsy written all over it.. You should have it dusted for squirell prints. :)

Posted by Kevin Corsa, H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector (H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)) about 10 years ago

Carol, I can see you being one of them kids:)

Kevin, I think you are right.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Charles, Funny but not too funny. What a surprise at the trash can. Nice to know you are staying around. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging about 10 years ago

Dear Mr Charles and Mr Patel,

Your insensitive comments have wounded my little squirrel heart. Other members of my family, in the Shoreline area will be visiting Mr Charles house. Hope you have all those little screens in the soffit vents. Mr Patel, you clearly were negatively influenced at an early age by an insensitive oger.

Nutsy

Certified and licensed home inspection assistant

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Cheryl, it would be quite a project to move me at this point:)

Nutsy-----go chase your tail!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charlie,

I really have to ask that you quit disrespecting Nutsy in public. He is very sensitive and has been an able bodied assistant but your constant barage of insults about his mama and family have him so upset that I am having trouble getting an uninterupted day of work out of him. He too will be on meds if you keep this up.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Do you think he will end up in the Nutsy house?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charles, Steve, and Nutsy!  I've got a great idea that will make us all rich.  Steve will write a children's book featuring Nutsy and his on-going battle with insensitive Charles the Bull.  I will endorse the book and once it is published, we'll split the money 4 ways!  Whatdaya think?  

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 10 years ago

OK, but how about 5 ways and I get two parts:)---plus Steve has to let Nutsy write it----I know Nutsy will be fair.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charles, you are the villain!  Why would you get two parts?  Nutsy is make believe....a little child's friend.  He can't write it.  Go get your meds, Charlie.....

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 10 years ago

To be fair, without the bushy tail Nutzy is little more than a rat that eats acorns.  In climbing we to have a use for small furry animals we like to call them "avalanche poodles" (avalanche poodle ideas borrowed from some where else) if you are unsure of a glacier field and think it may collapse and become an avalanche you send out your trusty poodle first. If the dog makes it across then it must be safe.  If not well it's time to get another poodle!  Nutzy seems to serve this function in the home inspection world.  Steve I hope you have given nutzy some good health and life coverage (like death and dismemberment) so poor Nutzy survivors will be alright. 

Posted by Klee B. Patel about 10 years ago

Klee, me thinks Steve doesn't stand a chance at defending that bushy tailed rat with both of us picking on him:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mr Charles,

You and your little friend Pud Thai or whatever his name is, will not win a battle of wits or words with me. My mama did not raise no dumb squirrel.

Sincerely,

Nutsy

Certified and fried home inspector assistant

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Nutsy---you are definately "Certi-fried" if you come near me:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Well it tastes like chicken:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Watch Your Back Mr Charles and Mr Pud Thai, or whatever you name is. Cousin Peanut is watching you and waiting for the right moment. You will be his lunch. You have no way to stop him. He is camouflaged and can move with swift abandon. Watch yourself in attics. You never know who might be waiting.

Respectfully,

Nutsy

Home inspection assistant

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I love the squirrel letters!  Clever and so original!!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 10 years ago

Barbara,

I am finding that Nutsy is very good with words, for a squirrel at least. I have a hunch that if Vanity Fair was looking for a writer they would choose Nutsy over Charles who is so self-centered. Charles is a me, me, me, I like my chicken fried kind of guy.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Steve, I am not kidding this time!  You could write a book for children using this squirrel theme!  Where'd you get the NRA squirrel picture? 

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 10 years ago

The original Nutsy photo I took. The other was just a silly online photo.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hey you guys----this post has taken on the legs of a nutsy rodent!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Chuckie B,

You might as well learn early that you will never be able to compete in the cute department with a rodent as good looking as Nutsy.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

That is a mean prank!!  Some teenagers took the model home open house sign in our neighborhood and put it in front of my neighbors driveway. Can you imagine if someone walked in on you doing who knows what??

Posted by ama hender about 10 years ago

Well Nutzy seems to be a Certifiable card carrying member of the NRA and the RWWS (Rats Without Wings Society).  I sure hope Nutzy boosts his meds because if he thinks he is going to land a part in any children's book it will likely be either as mini speed bump victim or a stealer of children's trinkets (little pack rat).  Hope nobody tells Nutzy it is only a matter of time before he is going to be replaced by a beefy sewer rat. 

and don't worry about dad he's been on the delivering side of pranks far more than the receiving end.

Posted by Klee B. Patel about 10 years ago

Don't know how I missed this one. Sure glad you got it all worked out and didn't have to sleep in the dog house.

Posted by Carl Winters about 10 years ago

Steve, can't say I have ever been accused of being all that "cute"

Amanda, that sounds embarrassing---potentially:)

Klee, what a great middle name for Nutsy:  Nutsy Speedbump Wallenda

Carl & Ceil, better late than never----although I can no longer remember what the heck this post was about:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mr Charles and his progeny, Mr Pud Thai.

You have offended me. Please send the address of Pud Thai so I can send my nephew cashew to visit him in the dark of night.

Cashew Wallenda

Be scared you two. He is a squirrel super hero and very tough and ruthless.

Sincerely,

Nutsy

Certifried home inspector assistant

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

O.K. so RWOWW (Rats With Or Without Wings Society).  The big beady eyes are freaking me out.  Steve, it sounds like you have quite the infestation.  Are you being held hostage? Have they taken overKing of the House? Double post something if you need us to sent an exterminator.  help could be just a click away... Whatever you do don't confront them they clearly have you out numbered.      

Posted by Klee B. Patel about 10 years ago

What you need is a good recipe book.

Had a dog problem in the neighborhood once and someone gave me the Korean cookbook entitled,

23 ways to wak your dog.

Got rid of most of them...

Dave Culbertson, Broker/Owner, Real Living Home Team, Mount Vernon, OH

Posted by Dave Culbertson, Broker Owner, Real Living Home Team, Mount Vern about 10 years ago

Klee, I am afraid they have eaten his brain and that they actually now run the whole show up there in Bellingham.

Dave, I GOTTA have that cookbook!!  I could add it to my collection---right next to "Kentucky Fried Spotted Owl"

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Nutsy is out of the office today. Please check back later.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

This is priceless.  I have to run and play pranks now... great ideas you guys have.

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