Don't Let Your Participle Dangle...

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

Dangling participles are often funny. A good example of this is "Squished flat by Bubba's pick-up truck, Fluffy sniffed at what was left of the chicken finger." Well, lets hope that it was not Fluffy that was  squished flat by Bubba's truck. Anyway, this is a good example of a dangling participle.

But how about dangling lights? Many unhandy homeowners are often looking for a quick fix to dark basements and attics never thinking of the potential electrical hazards that exist by leaving the light fixture in this condition. Now how long would it have taken the installer to make this right during the installation process? Another 2 minutes to bond the ground wire and install 2 screws? Makes ya wonder what they were thinking...



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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I see this all the time ... in my house! It's an easy fix, I need to get on it!

Nov 21, 2008 10:11 PM #1
Konnie Mac McCarthy
McLean, VA
Associate Broker - VA & MD

I think that a home inspector with a blog is brilliant, there is so much we agents don't know...I learn something new everytime I attend a home inspection..

Nov 21, 2008 10:17 PM #2
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Dangling doesn't worry me; however, swinging will get my attention... a la The Piano Player!

Nov 21, 2008 10:45 PM #3
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Michael - although I am still not sure about dangling participles, I am well converese in dangling electricals (fixtures that is). It amazes me, the things people do with electrical outlets and fixtures.

Nov 21, 2008 10:50 PM #4
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Susie... Ah yes! Who can forget the piano player... 

Nov 21, 2008 10:53 PM #5
Jack Feldmann
Clayton Inspection Service, Inc. - Knoxville, TN

You can tell it was an amateur because he didn't match the color of the wire nuts. My gosh, how could someone be so sloppy in their work? :)

It is amazing how many times we see this stuff. That said, I think I have one myself in my basement workshop. I think there's something about cobbler's and their children's shoes........... Hmmmmm

Nice photo!

Nov 21, 2008 11:16 PM #6
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post, and I love your sentiments too!

Nov 21, 2008 11:18 PM #7
Richard Shuman
The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts - Lake Mary, FL
Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals

now even more than before - no one wants to spend the money to hire a pro so they are doing all kinds of things wrong. BUYERS ALWAYS NEED TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR, NOT BASED ON COST BUT BASED ON QUALITY OF THE INSPECTOR. SOUNDS LIKE YOUR COMPANY IS GREAT!!!

Nov 22, 2008 12:23 AM #8
Gregory Lohr
Freedom Foreclosure Prevention Services - West Columbia, SC

Michael, I used to do some work for a Realtor.  He added home inspections to his business for some time, but eventually went back to being a Realtor.  He told me that a lot of home inspectors were just after the quick buck and weren't being thorough in his opinion, as he was called in to go behind some of these guys who just never found anything.

Here's a blog topic you might can the consumer be sure they are choosing a good home inspector veses one who wants to get in and out of the house quickly to make more money?  Is there a way?  It's not easy to know the character of a person these days. 

I was wondering about this recently because I was thinking about how I will choose a good home inspector the next time my wife and I decide to buy a house.  A referral doesn't necessarily mean someone in this business does great work, he may be great at missing little things that others just don't think about.

Nov 22, 2008 12:43 AM #9
Jenn Neumann Deer
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Surfside Beach, SC
Surfside Beach Real Estate

Yes, home inspections are very important.  In our area a lot of the homes are selling 'as is' and some buyers don't know why they should spend the money for the home inspection when it's not going to 'get them anything fixed.'  I have to try to keep my eyeballs from bugging out of my head as I calmy explain that a home inspection will be more valuable in an 'as is' house because then you will know what you need to fix and if the home is worth fixing to you (if a home inspection turns up something major).  Not all buyers are this tight with their money they don't realize the value of a good home inspection but I try to educate the ones who think they are saving money by not getting one.

Nov 22, 2008 12:49 AM #10
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I totally agree with Jenn.  I list bank properties and when someone wants to make an offer, I always suggest an inspection, and, of course, I always suggest two or three, but I make it clear that one of them that I recommend takes at least three hours to go through the home and sends a manual of issues and suggested corrections to them at the end for their own peace of mind.

And, Richard, I think I need to hire him for my house, too.  Yikes!

Nov 22, 2008 12:54 AM #11
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

As Realtors we see tons of homes and many of them have substandard installtation of so many things. A good inspector is worth his weight in gold!!

Nov 22, 2008 02:22 AM #12
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN




Nov 22, 2008 02:22 AM #13
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

Lovely - NOT! Wonder if this was on the honey-do list? "yep, now it's fixed, sure..." ~Rita

Nov 22, 2008 02:24 AM #14
Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri - Rodney Kennedy
Keller Williams Realty - Franklin, TN
It matters to us as much as it matters to you.

I hope you or John can schedule my clients for Tuesday.  I am on my way to the basement to check our my "participles", my daughter the English would be pleased with the grammatical reference.  

Thanks for all the help and advise in Larry's blogging class.  You two are making it fun for us.


Nov 22, 2008 04:59 AM #15
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Michael,

Hard to believe that someone wouldn't have taken the time to install two screws and close the fixture. That is basic. Wonder what the major's yielded?

Nov 22, 2008 06:01 AM #16
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Hal, you don't really want to know! This house went on like an all day sucker... 

~~ Michael 

Nov 22, 2008 06:06 AM #17
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

I always recommend a home inspection and even with new construction. just makes good sense

your friend in Charlottesville!

Nov 22, 2008 06:19 AM #18
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