Do you wash your shoes?
Yesterday, as I finished up an inspection, we went into a barn. It was a messy barn, housing lots of animals, and all around it was muddy.
By the time we were done my shoes were caked with mud.
Today I am scheduled to go into two different houses.
I have to be polite and do my best not to do damage to anyone's house.
So last night, when I got home, I washed my shoes!
I took a rough sponge and scrubbed them very well, all around, and underneath. My wife asked me what I was doing. "Washing my shoes." "I see that. Why...?"
They dried overnight.
Today they are ready to use, and I will be very clean when I enter the houses. Some folks ask me to remove my shoes anyway, which I always do, but why enter a house with shoes caked with orange, Virginia clay? Not good.
My recommendation: home inspectors have a responsibility to themselves than their profession. When a home inspector enters somebody's house, every home inspector in the industry is entering that house vicariously. In today's cyber-connected environment, bad stories spread like wildfire, and any nasty story about an inconsiderate home inspector dirtying new carpeting, or expensive rug, would get around quickly. When a home inspector enters a house dressed professionally, properly shaved and coiffed, and with clean clothing, well, it goes a long way.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560