Yes, it's true. I discriminate. There, I said it. I can't help it. It is a part of me. It's necessary for my profession, at least, if I want to be successful.
But don't think less of me. Oh, you thought I meant... well, no, not that.
I mean to say that I am discriminating. It can be a good word. It comes from the Latin word cernere, originally to "sift" or "decide."
Some other words we get from "cernere" are:
Certain - which means decided
Decree - a decision
Discern - to sift apart
Discreet - originally, showing good judgment
As a home inspector, I have to show good judgment. I need to look at wiring to decide if it is proper and make a good judgment, sifting good from bad. Roof shingles, foundation walls, appliance operations, windows, garage doors, remodeling - wow, you name it, I HAVE to be certain and discriminating. In a thousand ways, every day. I'm told that I am good at it!
My clients count on it.
I have to confess, I have practiced discrimination, I mean real discrimination. When I met my wife, some centuries ago (ask her, for her it's been at least that long...) I discriminated on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, education, physical appearance, political proclivities, family values and sexual orientation. I have also steered her towards particular neighborhoods. Yikes! Well, truth be told that is.
There's probably all kinds of federal law violations there... but I digress.
My recommendation: Hire a home inspector with a discriminating attitude! They're the best...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560