Around the first of the year, one of my home inspector training Law and Disorder Seminar graduates alerted me to a television show that had recently begun airing on HGTV. Coincidentally, I had actually been vaguely aware of the show from the torrent of threads appearing on home inspection message boards whose general consensus seemed to be that the show’s host was unfairly singling out home inspectors for special abuse for the crime of not having discovered defects that he was only able to discover through invasive and destructive investigation, a technique that, I hope it goes without saying, is way-hay-hay beyond the scope of a home inspection.
I didn’t pay the message board kvetching any mind but my friend seemed to think that this show would be an inestimable boon to my practice because it was basically telling viewers that if they were unhappy with their home, their home inspector was most likely the responsible party.
By then the show had been on for a while and since I had not noticed any meaningful uptick in the number of crackpot claims that home inspectors were asking me to neutralize, I figured that people were not taking the gratuitous criticism for anything beyond entertainment. But then the strangest thing happened. Shortly thereafter, I had lunch with a friend who is a very successful financial planner – a total layman – who was a fan of the show and he thought that it would be bad for my practice because it cast home inspectors in such a bad light.