On Sun, 20 Nov 2005 21:26:18 GMT, "Doug Kanter"
:> :> I'm having trouble finding an inspector.
:> :You were given a couple of suggestions that should have worked:
:> :1) Call a major real estate company like Century 21 and get the name of
:> :inspector. When people buy homes in your neck of the woods, do they make
:> :purchase offers contingent on inspection? There *have* to be inspectors.
:> :2) Buy a SPOTTING SCOPE, even a cheap one. Use it to see the problem from
:> :ground level. That may alleviate the fears some people are having.
:> :Have you tried either of these two things?
:> I called two major real estate firms' offices in my town, Berkeley, CA:
:> Coldwell Banker
:> Prudential recommended a guy and he's the one who said he wasn't up to
:> doing an inspection. Nice guy to talk to, though.
:> Coldwell Banker had a lot of ideas and the first one that came to her
:> mind was the one I had already called, my high bidder, whose bid looked
:> very fancy with a big yellow sticker sayind "Sign here." That's the guy
:> who said he'd do the inspection and then seemed to chicken out.
:> The spotting scope seems a little far fetched. I have a tripod, and
:> maybe it would work, but I don't know where I'd get that. A big sporting
:> good's store? A gun shop? I figure I should have the roof inspected by
:> someone who's not afraid to climb up there in the first place. What
:> benefit is it for me to have some coward looking through a spotting
:> scope. An inspector should be willing to get up there. If it's a
:> municipal inspector and he won't, why should I be wanting to impress him
:> with what he'll see with a scope? I don't want to get the municipal
:> inspector's involved in this. I want to keep a low profile with those
:> guys. Like a friend of mine said, I don't want to get on their wrong
:Yes. Gun shop or sporting goods place that sells guns. After you're done
:with it, you can use it to watch wildlife or neighbor ladies undressing. An
:inspector doesn't need to see the brand name stamped into the nail heads -
:just that there are nails showing. As far as inspectors, I can't believe
:that in & around Berkeley, there are no inspectors willing to climb a
:ladder. It's not like you live in some little hamlet 500 miles from the
:nearest supermarket. Hit the yellow pages and keep trying.
Yeah, you've got a point. I'm going to be out of town for the holiday,
but I could do it the following week. Meantime, maybe I can get an
appointment set up tomorrow. Thanks.
Come to think of it I have a feeling that some of those nailheads can be
seen with my small Nikon binoculars (8x23). I just went out there are
some of the nails are clearly visible, at least the side that's getting
direct sun. I spotted a real bad one I missed before, in fact.