OK, so maybe I’m a little naive, but just like most inspectors, I have developed a technique for inspections that has me do the same thing, in the same order in every house. That way you lessen the possibility of missing to do something.
One of the things that I do is prior to starting an inspection (in the truck) I tuck my cell phone and wallet into the bottom of one of my equipment bags. The particular bag I’m referring to today carries additional batteries, flashlights, several gauges (water pressure, humidity) a pocket PC, a sample back flow valve etc. etc. All of the equipment in the bag is backup stuff that I might need, but don’t want to carry around during the inspection itself.
I leave this bag along with other stuff just inside the front door.
On Wednesday, I inspected a house that had been re-built 2 years ago on the foundation of a home that had been gutted by fire. The owners or tenants (not sure which) had apparently not cleaned the house in the 2 years since it was built. It was a pig sty (and I’ve inspected some pretty gross places). During the inspection the power would cycle on and off - apparently they hadn’t paid their bills, so the power company only provides essential power - enough to keep the home heated and light a bit of the house. If I turned on more than a half dozen lights, the power would turn off.
Mom was yelling at the kids because they had eaten too much that day.
And they had this little dog that was into everything… nosed around in my equipment bags, ran underfoot for the first half hour… just a pain.
The homeowners (or tenants) were in the house during the inspection - four kids all under 16 (and not at school) and a mom - all in their pyjamas at 3:00 pm.
Long story short, we finished the inspection and I noticed that one of my equipment bags had been partially zipped shut. Oh, they were considerate, I thought… the dog was nosing in the bag and they wanted to prevent that.
Next morning I retrieve my wallet from the same bag and find that the cash (about $150) and my credit card are missing.
When I reported the theft to the bank, they advised that several hundred dollars worth of beer, liquor, gasoline and WalMart purchases had been made on the card. (They’re going to have a good Christmas)
OK so I was stupid to leave the wallet in the duffel bag - stifle your smirks you guys.
Didn’t make any money on that one…