Have you ever payed for a service, and the guy who showed up was just overflowing with a positive attitude? It was pretty clear that this guy really enjoyed his job! As a result, you received premium service and were left wanting to do business with this guy again.
That’s not just great business on his part, it’s also great work. We tend to do better at the things we enjoy doing, so wouldn’t it make sense to search for the guy who loves what he does? It seems so.
One thing that I learned years ago, was that I don’t like cooking. While yes, I was one of the fastest line cooks out there, and I did my job pretty well, I couldn’t keep it up. I didn’t enjoy it, so I moved on.
The one thing that has stuck with me for almost ten years now, is real estate. At the age of 14 I read a book on real estate investing, and I just couldn’t stop digging deeper! Understanding how a house with so many systems in it can function as one asset (and look so seemingly simple) intrigued me. While at the time I was more intrigued with the fact that it can also be a money making system, over time I became very interested in how houses worked, and how to make them work better.
Fascination can make you do crazy things. I wanted to learn more, so I spent many hours helping local house flippers (for free) remodel their houses, and read books upon books on real estate. Then, my brother-in-law (who is a house flipper in Oregon), mentioned that he had just became licensed as a home inspector. A home inspector… hmm, what do they do? Well, they learn how homes work, and what makes them work better. They even get paid to do it! It didn’t take long before I found myself going through the same training he did. It was difficult, but totally worth it. It was interesting, and challenging at the same time. That excited me, and does still to this day!
So, why do many inspectors love their job? Well, unfortunately I can’t answer for everyone else, but for me it’s a few things:
- It’s real estate!
- It’s a puzzle (challenge)
- It can support me financially, while continuing to educate me more about what I love
- It’s a wonderful balance of outdoor/physical labor, and indoor/mental work, and;
- It’s flexible. I’ve always wanted to start a business and be able to work my own schedule.
So, for me there are many reasons to love my job, and I have a feeling I’m not the only inspector who feels this way. When looking for your inspector, I encourage you to get to know them a bit. You can tell a lot about them by simply asking questions and getting to know them!