Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing (Fishing)

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What a day it was early last week.  I had two inspections within 20 miles (or so) of Cave Run Lake.  One of my favorite places in Kentucky.

But, at about 11:45, as I'm finishing up my first inspection, the client for the second inspection calls.  He lost his financing.  Inspection cancelled.

What does a Kentucky Home Inspector do when a client loses his financing & cancels the inspection.

Why, go fishing!  After all, it was only 20 miles (or so) away from where I was for the morning inspection.  (I guess that's why I carry fishing gear in the van.)

I left my morning inspection, which was back down this cute little road.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

Soon I was zipping along here.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing 

Wondering who was going to get this listing?  (You up for it, Lizette?)

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

Sometimes the walls fall down.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

I pulled in here.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

To see this.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

Before long (and after a few dollars had changed hands), the view had changed to this.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

And then to this.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

Soon I looked ahead and saw the clouds darkening. (Yeah, it's just a little john boat, but it got me where I was going in a reasonable time.)

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

But, after a thorough drenching of gentle rain, the sun came out again. (and I mean thorough, might as well have jumped in the lake, I was that wet.  Good thing I had a baggy for the camera)  A reflection of the trees on shore.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

I passed this isolated nest in a tree in the middle of the lake-

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

To pull in to this little cove

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

and say hello (catch & release) to about 10 of these little guys.  What a blast.  They were real friendly!  I REALLY wanted to say howdy to their great grandpas, but none of them were home at the time I was there.  Darn it!

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

It was kind of sad to leave the hills behind.

Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing

Hey, at least in conversations at the marina, I exchanged or was asked for five or six business cards (that name on the back of the shirt (B4U Close Home Inspections) & a willingness to talk to people pays off).  Think the IRS would buy this as a marketing trip.


It's a wonderful day when I wake up in the morning.  The rest of the day is just what I make of it.  Now you know what I made of that day!


Erby Crofutt
The Kentucky Home Inspector
Georgetown, KY

Erby Crofutt, Central Kentucky Home Inspector (B4U Close Home Inspections & Radon Testing): Inspector in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky



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KY Lic# HI-2041
B4 U Close Home Inspections & Radon Testing
Georgetown, KY


B B 4 U Close Home Inspections serves Central, Northern & Eastern Kentucky real estate buyers & sellers

with Kentucky Licensed Home Inspections & Certified Kentucky Radon Testing
ppointments available 7 days a week -  7 AM to 9 PM. 
Phones answered during same period.

Call NOW for your B4 U Close Home Inspection appointment!!

Why should you hire Erby to inspect your home?  See what past clients have to say!!

Here's what a couple of B4 U Close clients say: (Clicki the line above to see others)

I think the current owners are a little angry about the thorough inspection you did. They didn't have one done and it cost them $18K.  I, my loan officer and my agent think a home inspection is well worth what I paid.

Nathan, Morehead, KY Inspection  (20101012B)

Thank You for the outstanding job you did on the inspection.  We bought and sold 9 houses and this was the only inspection that was ever done properly.  It was helpful and we will use it to do the repairs with a system, instead of the guess work we usually do.  Thanks again

Mike & Barbara, Stamping Ground, KY Inspection (20050603

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Mike Fotiou
First Place Realty - Calgary, AB
Calgary & Area Real Estate
You are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.  Nice pictures, especially the forest covered road and cove.
Jul 15, 2007 03:29 PM #1
Dawn Workman
Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC - Camas, WA
Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100
How beautiful!  Looks like you had fun and please tell me you threw that poor fish back :)
Jul 15, 2007 03:54 PM #2
Loretta Largo
Summit Realtors, Huntsville Branch - Huntsville, AL
I am glad you took time to smell the roses! So many people get caught up in work they forget to take some time for themselves! Great job and the pictures are wonderful!
Jul 15, 2007 04:36 PM #3
David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
But Erby, All that pleasure, when did you do the report.  Better be careful, pleasure can be habit forming.  Then what happens to your work ethic (tongue firmly planted in cheek)!
Jul 16, 2007 04:21 AM #4
Don Rider
EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC. - Bossier City, LA
Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector


I'm planning my vacation right now. Looking for a nice fishing hole, looks like you fond it. I am leaving tonight will see you in two days. Only need hot coffee and cold beer.  Almost forgot--- Bail too.

Jul 16, 2007 01:14 PM #5
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

It is beautiful, isn't it, Mike.

Dawn:  I did (both).

Loretta,  I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures.

David,  Report?   What report, dang did I forget to do something.  No don't think so, I caught some fish!  Went for a nature walk in the woods!  What else is there??\

Don, Sorry.  Plenty of coffee and cold beeer and fishing but you'll have to bring you own bail.  My boat didn't need one as it wasn't leaking.

Thank y'all for reading.

Jul 19, 2007 12:20 AM #6
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

I think I'll pass on THAT listing. But I can give you some cards to hand out at that dock next time you are there. Referrals are always appreciated. We could put my little logo on the pocket of your shirt, wouldn't that look spiffy? I felt like I just went fishing and didn't even get all smelly! Thanks!

Jul 20, 2007 02:32 PM #7
Shawn Martin
Crosby Inspections - Vancouver, WA

Erby,  I remember Daniel Boone National park as a kid. I grew up in Indiana and we would go camping there from time to time. Always a great place to spend a long weekend but I remember the fish beging bigger.  Please tell me you threw that little one back



Jul 21, 2007 10:24 AM #8
Vicki Watzlawick
Broker (The Watz Team) Exit Strategy Realty - Algonquin, IL
Illinois Foreclosure Expert, The Watz Team
Erby that was a very nice rereshing blog post!  A breath of fresh air for this group!
Jul 21, 2007 02:46 PM #9
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

I feel like I just left the travel channel.

Congratulations on the fantastic narration.

Erby.. there are those whom complain about lack of professionalism by discussing anything not targeted to Home Inspection only.You have proven this to be weak narrow minded thinking.


Jul 21, 2007 03:50 PM #10
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Lizette:  Sorry, that space is already rented but I've  got a spot on the left shoulder of my shirts that's still for rent if your're interested.  You're logo would just about fill it.   I'm sure that some other agent has already snapped up the listing of such a hot property.  Ya just gotta be quick on such a property.

Dawn & Shawn "say hello (catch & release) to about 10 of these little guys".  I never "throw" them back, just gently release them into the water again.

I get very few days off in the summer.  I take advantage when I can.

Jul 24, 2007 12:05 AM #11
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Hey Erby:

That what they call a true fisherman's story.  They say you have to be flexible in this business. I say you were being flexible. Thanks for the journey.


Jul 25, 2007 11:18 AM #12
Stephen Gladstone
Stonehollow Fine Home Inspections & Testing - Stamford, CT
Gotta love this business ! Steve
Jul 28, 2007 12:40 PM #13
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

I do LOVE it, Steve.  Gotta take those opportunities when I can.  Sometimes they are few and far between.  Plus I made some good contacts with people at the dock.

You never know where your next inspection is coming from.

Jul 30, 2007 10:54 PM #14
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Erby: Carl here again. It's kinda like my recent visit with that person from Walmart that we were talking about on my blog. When you least expect it to happen here comes a nice inspection. Goes to show you can work anywhere.

Have a good one. 

Jul 31, 2007 01:23 AM #15
Cory & Tracy Frantzick
RE/MAX Associates Plus - North Branch, MN

 Hey Erby!  Great Blog, and awesome pictures!  Do you do inspections in Minnesota????????   I will bring the boat with!

Aug 06, 2007 08:28 AM #16
Jason Smith
DreamDirt Auction - Mondamin, IA

Great story- love the pictures.  I've heard that "a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work" and its true.

Aug 08, 2007 07:27 AM #17
Steve Mattison
Canyon de Chelly National Mo, AZ
Vietnam Veteran

Erby, caught the biggest catfish of my life after an appointment fell out in a neighbors pond that I had wanted to fish for a long time, you never know what you are going to catch, where, or when, that is what makes fishing so much FUN!!!

Dec 01, 2008 03:19 AM #18
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