[size=3]Habit can play a useful role in inspections. For instance, a few days ago, on the day of the earthquake as a matter of fact, I was inspecting a sixty-nine hundred square foot residence by a distinguished builder. It was little more than a year old and was furnished, or staged, and had never been lived in, and I really wasn’t expecting to find much to report on, although my clients had requested that I mention that rock swallows were nesting in the eaves and staining the stucco. Anyway, shortly before the earth rumbled and the house rolled, I had systematically tested each water valve by turning on the hot and then the cold while confirming that they functioned as they should. This habit enabled me to confirm that there was no hot water to the powder room and the butler’s pantry, which of course implies a cross-connection somewhere inside the faux-finished walls that’s going to be expensive to repair. There’s more to this story and my “habits,” but this particular one perhaps allowed me to dodge another lawsuit here in La-la-land.