In My Past Life I.....

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175
     In my past life I learned early on many the rights and wrongs of a home. I learned to have an eye for details. My Dad is an architect, so I was always wanting to be an architect. There was just one problem, I was not really good at math, or algebra. I worked at my dad's office as the copy machine boy for a few years putting spec books together and making blueprints. I remember taking off in the station wagon really early on Sunday mornings with my dad and we would just drive around town looking at different historic homes and new properties or projects he was working on.  
     My first real job was when I was 14, at a Hardee's burger joint. Hated the job but the food was cheap. I could only work 2 hours a day until I turned 15. When I was 18 I was an assistant manager making $400 a month and I bought a house. I left Hardee's in 1978 to work in the home improvement department of a local variety store. That was the beginning of a 32 year career selling building materials. My wife (who also worked at the store) and I were married in October of 1981. I left that store in 1984 to become the manager of a brand new Do-It Best HWI store 30 miles north of our home in Bourbonnais, IL. The owner's wife had some medical issues and he sold the store in fall of 1986 to a Chicago lumber company, and they were nothing but bad news. By February 1988 I was done with them and started working at a contractor lumber yard in Joliet, IL. Fast forward to 1996. My wife and I now have 4 children, 3 girls and a boy. The lumber yard owner decides he was going to take my number one contractor account worth approx $12-15K a year in commissions and make it into a house account, and pay me $100 a month to manage the account. This was really him trying to save his company with any cost savings he could manage. The Joliet yard closed on 1997. I was already gone in the summer of 1996 and I ended up at Georgia-Pacific, at first working in the warehouse slowly driving a fork lift, then moving into outside sales calling on independant lumber yards in 16 counties in Illinois and Indiana. In 2003 I moved to the GP National Accounts team calling on Home Depot stores and servicing their Moulding department. I honestly thought that I would retire at GP but things changed in 2007. 
     The contract for the Home Depot moulding was up for bid and GP did not win the bid. Our entire team lost our jobs at GP, but we were all hired by the new company, from Canada. French Canadians to be exact. I learned very quickly that the people in charge at this company do not trust Americans. Learning to pay attention to what people were saying and how they were acting would save my career. I had a really bad feeling things were not going to work out in the end with the Canadians and I needed some sort of back up plan so I started researching a growing industry, Home Inspections. I remember my wife coming home one day from her job in January 2007 telling me that if I ever had something go wrong with my job that she was now eligible for health insurance. I took my severance package from GP and paid for home inspection school, tools, license and a website and I was in business. I still had the terrible moulding job until Dec 30, 2010. That was important because as everyone remembers, there was a recession during those years and as I was building my inspection business, the recession was recovering and the first day of 2011, I was now a full time home inspector. From 2007 when I did a total of 4 free inspections for some friend's homes, to 2019 where we will end the year over 550 inspections with myself and a young inspector and marketing person added to the team, it's been an amazing journey.
     It's hard to pick just one thing that has been the main reason for success. I do know that I have spent lots of money and hundreds of hours attending seminars and listening to very successful home inspection experts and marketers. Implementing these ideas is a big challenge as there are only so many hours in a day to get things done. If anyone that knows me were stopped on the street and asked "what is one thing you can say about Scott?" I am hoping it would be that he's a really nice guy and he loves to talk. That's 2 things but they are both true.
     Mix in that a heart attack scare in 2012 when I actually died twice in the ER and I am one grateful home inspector. Our family is growing, as my oldest daughter just had our first grandson on September 19, 2019.Clover This is Clover Leif Seaton. 
In short,  my past life has had an enormous impact on where I am today. My advice is this. Pay attention when things are pointing you in one direction or you may miss out on the best thing that could ever happen.
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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

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Comments (9)

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Sorry for the oddly placed BOLD sections. No reason why but they just appeared and won't go away.

Oct 26, 2019 05:33 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. Quite the career to be sure. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day! 

Oct 26, 2019 05:40 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thank you Wayne. You too.

Oct 26, 2019 01:21 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an adorable shot of your grandson.  I like your last two sentence in this post. Great advice!

In short,  my past life has had an enormous impact on where I am today. My advice is this. Pay attention when things are pointing you in one direction or you may miss out on the best thing that could ever happen.

Oct 26, 2019 06:33 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks so much. My daughter sent that picture to me when I was in Vegas at a seminar. I was able to attend because Clover was born 10 days early.

Oct 26, 2019 01:23 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Scott - I like your story of your past life and also agree that "paying attention" is important in all aspects of life and living.  

Oct 26, 2019 11:06 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Michael, It was weird at times when it was happening until I finally "got it".

Oct 26, 2019 01:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Scott- loved reading about how you got where you are!  And what you said in your last spot on!!!! 

Oct 26, 2019 01:56 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Kathy. Whenever I tell that story, everyone says the same thing. 

Oct 27, 2019 08:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott:

Wow, you have certainly had a diverse career, or careers I should say. Congratulations on your success in the home inspection sounds like things are going very well!!

I really liked your last paragraph - lots of wisom there in those few sentences!!

And congratulations on your grandson - how wonderful, and what a terrific photo!


Oct 26, 2019 02:22 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Jeff, I always looked at my career as a sort of natural progression, from home center to contractor yard to national accounts. The big change was the last one. Can't wait until Clover is old enough to play Hot Wheels. 

Oct 27, 2019 08:55 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Scott what a journey, glad you are still with us and just on a side note "only the good die young" so with that said hope to see you around for a long time:))Endre

Nov 02, 2019 08:59 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Endre. I also heard nice guys finish last, and I'm sure that's not true. 

Nov 03, 2019 06:58 AM

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