Understanding Flow

Electricity is a fundamental force of nature and we utilize it to power our modern world. It lights up our homes, drives our technology, and facilitates countless aspects of our daily lives. Yet, despite its ubiquitous presence, the underlying mechanisms of the flow of electricity remains a mystery to many. Let’s see if we can’t demystify these concepts and shed …

Growing, Anyone?

People stay where they grow.Seth Godin I heard this quote from marketing guru Seth Godin while listening to a podcast as I was driving home from an inspection the other day. During the conversation, the host was asking Seth his opinion on the current situation in employment, where it seems almost impossible to keep an employee around. While trouble keeping …

Only We

Being in the home inspection business for all these years has been challenging to say the least, but it’s taught me (at least) one thing: that we home inspectors are a generally unflappable bunch. After all, we repeatedly endure fire from all sides, a condition that would quickly wilt much more delicate flowers. Long working hours, demanding clients and agents …

Three-Phase Power

As home inspectors, we don’t often come across three-phase power systems while inspecting residential structures. However, as we move into the commercial inspection side of the business (and on rare occasions in a residential home), we will come across three-phase electrical power systems. Having a basic understanding of how these systems work can go a long way towards making our …

Trust by Proxy

Running a small business is hard work. With so many different things on our plate, and trying to do them all at the same time, it’s no wonder that many of us turn to drinking. Quite often, we find ourselves looking for short cuts; tips and tricks to help us move our business along. We’re searching high and low, trying …

I Didn’t Get Picked

So, we didn’t get picked for that job. It happens. A lot. There are lots more inspection going on out there that the number that we’re doing. So, why didn’t we get picked for that one? Maybe they didn’t see us; they don’t even know that we exist. Maybe they didn’t like us, our appearance, our vibe, our demeanor, the …

Stress, Anyone?

Stress. Just reading the word can cause us to tense up. Stress is something that we all must deal with, and most of us would agree that it seems like modern life is getting more stressful every day. Whoever you talk to, it seems as though they would love to return to “days gone by,” as most people believe that …

Electrical Movement

When’s the last time you thought about how amazing electricity really is? While electricity is considered an everyday item in the advanced countries of the world, and we hardly give it a second thought while we’re plugging in our phones, electricity generation and delivery are miracles of modern science. Electricity (along with HVAC systems) is one of the more difficult …

Just Wanting It

Starting out in business (or keeping a current business running) can be frustrating. It seems that no matter how hard we try, we’re just not getting traction. The wheels are spinning round and round but we don’t seem to be going anywhere. And we can’t figure out why. Maybe our goals are just too lofty and we need to readjust …

Running in Circles

Running a business. Kind of ironic that they call it “running,” because it seems like that’s all we do. Running here; running there. Trying our best to put out the fires before another one starts. Working hard to figure out what minor issue needs our attention, all while trying not to forget that the reason we’re working is to put …