The other day I had a home inspection on a house with many, many difficulties. Two of them in particular related to a dangerous oil tank causing problems and a crawl space too small to enter. Here is the post.
My first inspection a couple of days later had exactly the same scenario, among many, many other problems! Was I reliving the dream, or is it a repeat nightmare? And a surprise hire!
Incredibly the house had a dangerously-supported oil tank (yes, that's resting on a pile of concrete blocks on top of a sagging deck!) and a crawl space opening not much larger than a patio paver!
And, like the other house, I really, really wanted to get into that crawl space because there was a lot I could see from the opening!
But alas, I am too big.
I joked at the other inspection that what I needed was a chihuahua I could train to run around a crawl space with a camera strapped to its back. I called it a "Little Doggie Cam."
Laying on the ground, peeking in, I wished that I could interview a candidate for the job. It's a hire I would probably make right away.
Magically, and out of the blue, appeared my candidate!
Meet Chiquilina (pronounced Cheeky LEEna)!
Height: 4" to the shoulder
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Energy level: very high
Willingness to enter the crawl space: Born to do it! Bad to the bone!
Chiqui entered the crawl, ran the length of the sagging wood beam left to right, and circumnavigated the very wet foundation of the house like she had done it many times!
Coming out she didn't even ask for treats!
As you can see, she was a bit embarrassed by my applause too!
Obviously she does this all the time. No big deal, you know?
AND YOU PEOPLE THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP!
Now all I have to do is train her to wear the cam!
She seems content with the little liver treats! And some cold water. Billy Jays immediately called to say he is sending over some dihydrogen monoxide. A whole case!
I will be the only home inspector in America, probably, with a "Little Doggie Cam!"
My ad line will be Crawl Spaces R Us!
The other inspectors can only look and be jealous. Again.
My recommendation: be careful what you wish for! You might just get it. So, may I say goodbye?
This is Jay the Home Inspector and his new hire, Chiquilina, signing off! May we meet again! And in the crawl space of YOUR dreams.
I have too, too much fun...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560