I learned a long time ago that “You never get something for nothing”. I do not believe that is what I am trying to do. I am agreeing with Nick. I realize that it has been a while since I posted, even though I am on the InterNACHI message board everyday reading your posts and learning.
In my current situation … with the economy not being so great in Southwest Virginia, being married and having four teenage children … times get pretty tough for me.
I first became a Home Inspector in April of 1996, way before many of you ever entered this profession. I’ve done my fair share of inspections (residential), when times were good. InterNACHI didn’t exist then - only ASHI and NAHI. Home Inspections was a little different back then, I used the Matrix system.
Many of you who have responded to my very few posts, should know that I have been fascinated with real estate, since I was 4 years old. Starting slowly, at the young age of 8, I had an amazing 10 plus years in remodeling various properties (both residential and commercial). The Home Inspection industry had not been here for very long, but it was something that I had wanted to do.
To make a long story short … In my first marriage, I was like many of you. I had invested thousands and thousands of dollars into my education, memberships, tools, logo and brochure / business cards, and company vehicle. I worked my butt off literally. With all of that work, I made good money, but I never had time for my first wife, except for handing her the money- and the occasional Wham-Bam_Thank you M’am. She ended up taking me for everything and then some. I lost my home, my son, my business, my pride(she took everything, including my will to live).
From there, I went into the United States Army as a Combat Medic (93’Whiskey). I was a good soldier and had given home inspections up to make a career in the Army. I was a soldier, who now had a life again. I was stationed in San Antonio, Texas (Ft. Sam Houston). I went out one night getting drunk with my friends at the RiverWalk and the Alamo. I ended up in a fight and getting jumped, I got beat…within an inch of my life.
I lost my eyesight due to swelling of the brain, was medivaced to Walter Reed hospital, and they had to drill a hole in the back of my head to reduce swelling. I later returned back home to Roanoke, Virginia and had to go through physical therapy for years.
Graduating from college a few years later with my Associates Degree in Business Management, I decided to go back to what I really love (Home Inspections). I want to be the best … so like you, I joined InterNACHI.
I know that each of you have your own story, and hopefully none as rough as mine. I have tried with all of my heart and soul, and current resources, to make my dream come true again. Yes, I am under-capitalized at the current moment, and I am slowly building my business back. Some may say “GIVE IT UP MIKE - YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET IT DONE - WALK AWAY NOW - AND LEAVE THE INSPECTION BUSINESS TO THE PRO’S”.
My response: I appreciate the constructive criticism and advice, but with most of my 40 years, being directly related to this industry … I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE, I AM A VERY PROUD MEMBER OF InterNACHI. It may take me a little longer than others, but quit is not in my narratives or my vocabulary.
My welcome to InterNACHI was not so friendly, but I am here to stay. I would really like to get the complete collection of the Inspectors Library. Thank you for taking time to read this and helping one of your fellow members.
Merry Christmas and Happy Inspecting.