Things I wish I knew

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties 450.004175

Things I wish I knew- As I have gotten older, I realize there are so many things I just don't know anything about. I wish I did, but either I never took the time or didn't realize I really wanted to know about that skill or idea or information to learn about it. For instance, I have always wanted to play guitar, I even own an acoustic giutar, but have never picked it up to play one note. I would like to know how to play golf, but learning to play is just a reason to be able to hang out with my kids or brothers more often. I am a decent athlete, so I'm sure if I played enough, I would be pretty good. Some players are just so serious and I just want to learn to be able to relax and enjoy a good day outside. No pressure.

     So when the pandemic became a real crisis and Zoom calls became the normal business model for meetings, I was as nervous as everyone else was I'm sure. Too weird, people seeing your messy office and bad decorating or worse, seeing your underwear when you forgot to put on a pair of pants and stood up. But eventually it became easier, and we embraced it since it was better than no meetings at all. I have about 30 cool Zoom backgrounds now and will switch them around during a meeting. Look, I'm in Vermont. Now I'm in St. Louis. Hey, is that a giant antique marble in the background? Yep, sure is. Now it's sunset on the kankakee River and I'm on a bike ride. 

     So while there are several things I would like to learn about, the ones that relate to business are pretty simple. Since I do home inspections, and like public speeking, I have always been very comfortable doing office meetings to educate agents on ways to grow their business as opposed to talking about home inspections stuff. No one wants to listen to anyone talk about the TPR valve on a water heater or how important it is for downspouts to be extended or why bath fans should not vent into the attic. Heck, I don't even want to listen to myself talk about those things at a meeting, I talk about it enough at home inspections. 

     My suggestions for Zoom topics would be these..... Best practices that top agents use for first time buyers, Getting listings in a small community, New agent fast starter tips, Tips to stay motivated when slow season comes, How to handle know-it-all kids (executors) of an estate sale.

These would be time tested and timeless tips and ideas that can be used for growing your business and helping others grow their business.  


Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

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Comments (9)

Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp
SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Best of Luck to everyone in the September Zoom challange. Enjoy the great ideas.

Sep 26, 2021 09:03 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Scott, zoom was a God sent during the pandemic!!!

Eventually Zoom became easier, and we embraced it since it was better than no meetings at all. I have about 30 cool Zoom backgrounds now and will switch them around during a meeting.


Sep 26, 2021 09:13 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Scott, sounds like you still have things to accomplish in life.  Great tips for the meetings.

Sep 26, 2021 10:19 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

There is so much to do and learn and so little time.  I too, would like to learn how to play a musical instrument.  The only lessons that I ever took was to play the accordion and that was many, many moons ago.  Ha, my dad like the accordion. 


Thank you for your ideas.  I like them all.

Sep 26, 2021 11:07 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp

I can play a mean air guitar, but that's it.

Sep 26, 2021 03:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- it's never too late!!!!!  I love your ideas for upcoming Zoom meetings and we all can learn from them. 

Sep 26, 2021 06:23 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector 

Thanks for your entry and really good suggestions.

I, for one, would like to hear you talk about "the TPR valve on a water heater, or how important it is for downspouts to be extended or why bath fans should not vent into the attic." 

Sep 26, 2021 08:05 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I like your ideas for zoom calls and quite frankly, would love to hear about inspection issues - what's the most interesting thing you've ever found? What's the most common problem in homes, etc...

As for the things you've never done, it's never too late! Take a guitar lesson or use those "how to play guitar" books. You will be glad you did.


Sep 27, 2021 04:53 AM
Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425
Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - West Hills, CA
Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425

Great entry Scott, I like your suggestions for zoom topics.  Tips to stay motivated when slow season come would be very helpful for many of us. 

Sep 30, 2021 08:29 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Good suggestions for Zoom topics for our weekly AR Zoom meeting, Scott. After all, it is a challenge to present topics of interest and have suitable presenters week after week.

Nov 19, 2021 07:59 PM