Well I had a first today!
As usual I arrived about 20 minutes before my client or their agent. As the house was vacant I was alone, so I started to get some of the "Grunt" work done. This house was right at 125 years old with a stone foundation and a basement. I found an access door, similar to a crawlspace hatch on the side of the house. What I did not realize at first was that this was an old coal shoot that went down to the basement.
I also did not realize was how steep and slick it was. I slid about six feet down to the dirt basement floor, it took only one attempt to realize that my petite 6'1" 260lb body was not going to make it back up! I was stuck in the basement! The basement had stairs that went up to the house but the door was locked from the inside of the home.
So I proceeded to get my cell phone out of my pocket, and low and behold I had left it in my truck! OK, it is getting past funny now...... About 15 minutes later I hear a car drive up, it was my client! He heard me calling out the coal shoot and came to the entrance. After he stopped laughing, he called his agent. She said that she was just leaving Panera from eating lunch and she would be a little late!!! TYPICAL I was thinking! Anyway about thirty minutes later she pulls up and I'm out of the basement in short order.
The only good thing to come out of this episode was one of the best basement inspections I have ever done!
So how is your day going!
Scott Patterson has been a professional home inspector since 1995 and works out of the Greater Nashville TN area. You can contact him at his office 615-302-1113 or on his cell at 615-870-4162 via text or voice.