January's Challenge...Trust...Risk...

Home Inspector with Hanson Home Inspections LLC NACHI ID #11041303


Trust:  Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. 


That’s the definition I found with a quick Google search.  However, I’m of the opinion that trust can be viewed quite differently by each individual based on their upbringing and past experiences.  So let you give you my take…trust equals risk. 


Risk:  A situation involving exposure to danger.


Yes, I believe that trust is risk.  Risk can scare many people away from offering trust...espicially if that person has had a bad experience in the past.  But remember this, if you refuse to take a risk how can you ever know what you’re missing out on?  Of course I’m not saying you should just throw caution to the wind and take everyone or everything at face value.  But I’ve personally taken some risks with individuals and ended up with not only trusted associates but friends.  Of course I’ve also been burned and chalked it up to another life lesson…more than once.


I also believe you have to be trusted in order to offer trust.  Does that make sense?  Ask yourself this…are you credible…can you be truthful?  Are you reliable…can others depend on you?  Are you intimate…can you listen to others and understand their needs?  Those three traits are the backbone of trust in my mind.  If you answered yes to the three questions you know what it takes to be trusted…and you have a good foundation to use as far as who you can trust.


My inspection business is built around trust.  I believe that I’ve earned the trust of every client I’ve worked with.  It is a strange business in that a majority of my clients do not meet me face to face until I pull into the driveway to conduct an inspection.  However, my clients have already established some form of trust in me at that point, and they expect me to do a complete and thorough inspection of their property.  I understand that trust is a very fragile trait and if it’s lost…I may never be able to recover it.  Word of mouth and referrals are a huge part of my business.  So my clients trust in me is essential and MUST be my number one goal.


As a kid my parents always told me to “just do what you said you were going to do and everything will be fine”.  So...that’s what I’m doing…seems to be working out pretty good!


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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi JIm, I feel that if a client has trust in me, then they should feel that there  is any risk!

Jan 03, 2012 07:02 PM #1
Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD
Luxury Valley Homes For Buyers & Sellers Phoenix AZ Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona

I agree with you Jim. Say what you mean and do what you say with honesty, integrity, and compassion for others. Good Post.

Jan 04, 2012 01:34 AM #2
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jim, I also agree with you just do what you say you will do...good luck in the contest.

Jan 04, 2012 02:15 AM #3
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

This is great. I love that you relate it to risk, because that is so true. You do put yourself out there in vulnerability sometimes when you trust someone, but if they maintain that trust, you will have a good relationship for a long time.

Jan 06, 2012 12:20 AM #4
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Jim,

Great advice from your parents!
As a kid my parents always told me to “just do what you said you were going to do and everything will be fine”. 

Have a happy day -

Jan 22, 2012 12:52 PM #5
Beth Bourg
Adobe EchoSign - San Francisco, CA
Adobe EchoSign

Hi Jim,


Beth Bourg from Adobe EchoSign here... thank you for entering our contest. There's so many great posts -- stay tuned for more info about choosing the contest winner. If you have any specific questions about Adobe EchoSign, please feel free to get in touch.





Jan 24, 2012 09:50 AM #6
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Jim Hanson

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