Sometimes you do a good deed without even trying. It is best to do a good deed daily. Well, I did my good deed today. Just keeping my eye on the prize.
It seems the sellers did not like the fireplace mantel that the builder left them.
They had another one made, but it is slightly too small for the area intended.
So this new one is just laying on the two stone shelf holders and not really into the slight cavity framed by the mortar.
Not realizing that, of course, I pushed the mantel slightly with my hand as I was getting up from looking up and into the fireplace flue.
This seller is quite a golfer.
He has trophies, certificates and photos all over the basement.
His prize trophy, a 30-year-old crystal trophy, was perched on the fireplace mantel, to show it off.
As I jiggled the shelf the trophy wobbled and fell over.
I did not notice until it hit me in the eye, but that gave me enough warning that I was able to catch it. Centuries ago I was a soccer goalie, because of my quickness, including my hands. Fortunately I still have some of that hand speed, and I saved the trophy from hitting the stone hearth below!
There is NO WAY that trophy could have been replaced had it broken! My E&O insurance agent would have wished me good luck with that one! I would have been persona mucho non-grata!
Rule Number One on a home inspection is, "Don't break anything!" Rule Number Two follows, "Pay real close attention to Rule Number One."
You have all heard that in business, in education, in sports, and life in general, we should always stay focused on our goals, and keep our eye on the prize we seek. I am here to tell you it works.
So stick to it! Keep your eye on the ball, um, trophy! And you will catch things you were previously unaware of!
Saaay, isn't that me on the back of the dollar bill?
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560