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There is only one of me!

     ActiveRain adds a whole new meaning to, “When it Rains it pours.”  Most inspectors in my area are not very busy----or at least not as busy as they were two years ago.  Lots of inspectors have gone out of business Happy Seattle Home Inspectoror have had to put their construction tool belts back on.  This is certainly true for me, and as long as I don’t have to go take my hammer and chop-saw out of moth balls I am a happy camper.  I feel very fortunate that I have been fairly busy and right now I am very busy.

     Without ActiveRain I would have had to put my construction hard-hat back on months ago.   After more than 33 years of building, the: “been there, done that” principle is very strong.   When things get slow for agents-----the calls for inspections typically drops way off.  With a real presence on the internet, from persistently blogging on ActiveRain, people are finding me----and calling me-----for inspections.  This helps make up for the drop-off in calls from agents.

     Yesterday I got a call wanting to know if I would go to Splendora, Texas to do an inspection-----a little bit out of my range (even though I LOVE road trips)----not to mention that I am not licensed in Texas.  While this example is a little extreme it shows how blogging has a broad brush that paints your name all over the place and you just never know who that paint is going to touch.  So while something like this might amount to no more than “spam” it also represents “possibilities” that would not exist without the effort put into blogging.

     I used to think that being number one on Google would have to happen before I would see the kinds of results that I am seeing now.  The truth is that if I was number one on Google people might not call me as much.  Does anyone ever take the number one position seriously anymore?  Aren’t most people suspicious of how they got to that position?

    Aside from all of that----it is hard to be in two places at once----contrary to what some inspectors would like to think, a person can only do “X” amount of inspections and do them well.  Some people tell me that when that happens, I can expand and hire other inspectors.  I DON”T THINK SO! 

     I just had a buyer the other day that one of the first questions they wanted to know was whether I would be doing the inspection myself or would some “wannabecharlie” be doing it.  I replied---nope, there is only one of me.

 

 

 

Charles Buell

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsCharles Buell • March 24 2009 11:54AM

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Charles - The day you do get licensed in Texas, you better let me know...and you better be near San Antonio.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) over 9 years ago

Charles, We are still doing some light repairs to augment the slower days, but there is a time when John and I will stop this all together. Good income during the winter months though. We had a real busy week last week, but kinda slow this week. 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Matt, I will keep that in mind:)

Michael, it does seem that things are picking up in general.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles the "ebb and flow" principle is here too. Just have to adjust.  I consider myself lucky to be among the few that are busy enough to continue to be a home/commercial inspector. 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

Is it not possible that my endorsement of your work and your firm has added additional credibility to your online image? I believe credit should be given where credit is due. You will notice that I sometimes sport the Buell logo.

Nutsy W

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie,

Check out Dale Baker's blog today. He had an Email from Splendora.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mr Charlies,

Post Script: I have recently come into additional monies and wonder if I could buy into your firm as a partner.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Jack, for sure, about the ebbs and flows.

Nutsy---I always give credit where credit is due----am I missing something?:)

Steve---you will be next:)

Nutsy----no but you can pay me for you to stay where you are!  Any chance you could make that orange slice a little tighter.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie - keep with it Blog Man.  You are great!

Oh, and -- We're #1!!  We're #1!!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Suspicious of how someone got to # 1 on google?  Interesting thought. I'm glad you are blogging instead of in that hard hat some where.  I enjoy your posts so much and have learned a lot from you. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Jay---even if it ain't on Google:)

Thanks Tammy----you are stuck with my hard head I am afraid.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

I am offended and my little feelings are hurt.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

"as long as I don't have to go take my hammer and chop-saw out of moth balls I am a happy camper.  I feel very fortunate that I have been fairly busy and right now I am very busy."

As a journeyman carpenter, construction foreman and former furniture builder, I can identify and completely agree!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

It's nice to know that blogging can make you successful!  Give a little credit to our friend Nutsy!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Nutsy, I will pay you almost anything to never see that lemon again----my big feelings are hurt:)

Russell, it is amazing the life cycles we go through isn't it?

Barbara, what is Nutsy's credit rating anyway?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie - It;s great to here how AR is giving you the advantage you need in this market. Congrats!

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 9 years ago

Charlie, there's only 1 of me too.  That can be either a good thing or a bad thing, can't it!  Kudos for being a top blogging home inspector!  Have a great avatar photo doesn't hurt either...

This blog is now featured at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice - congrats!

Regina P. Brown

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) over 9 years ago

Charles - I'm glad to hear the folks are getting the real deal Charlie! And it's great to hear you are busy. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Carol, I wouldn't have a presence on Google if it were not for AR

Thanks Regina

Rita, thanks---busy for now:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

But Charlie, If you started building again, you'l likely leave your hammer at home.  They don't teach kids how to swing a hammer these days.  I know for sure, that I will not be going back to building (except for things around the property where I don't have to keep up with kids who could be my grandchildren).  My body is still healthy and I want to keep it that way.  In construction, as in driving, "speed kills".

Posted by David Helm, Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp (Helm Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

David. I find that I can no longer find a hammer that fits my hand.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

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