THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!
Hey, you dogs!
This troubled U.S. Economy - High Unemployment (10.7% here in IL and across the Chicago Area) - has it impacted you? Hard? Having trouble making ends meet? Putting bones in the dish, so to speak?
I am relieved to say I am still the Customer Service Department for Dean's Team Chicago. When anyone has a beef, or if some of our less-trusting clients fail to see the value in our candid advice - I step in, sometimes bark a bit, and, more often than not, I set things straight for them.
But in case things ever get too tight here for me and my lil' sister, Gracie Ella Moss, we might be able to find new work in the Real Estate Business - as "Detection Dogs"!
As reported in the Angie's List Blog, with photos by Sara Cozolino, many inspectors are now employing specially-trained canines, some like you and me, to sniff out things like termites, bed bugs (ooooh . . . disgusting), mold behind walls, and even defective drywall.
Training for us dogs is tough - often, as many as 2,000 hours until we get certified. Then, in many states, we have to get re-certified once a year to do our job.
That's a lot of hard work, and considerable studying up, you dogs! But, if one of us dogs, with our ultra-sophisticated sense of sniff, is able to detect otherwise-hidden defects in a property a homeowner is considering, the savings to that prospective buyer, not to mention the headache, could be immeasurable!
The Angie's List Post follows a couple of Property Inspectors who employ trained detection dogs as routine. As of this writing, we know of no Chicago Area Home Inspectors who have hired such specially-trained canines. But the concept is strong, and the need is there.
So, perhaps soon, you'll be able to find a Home Inspector with a Detection Dog here in Chicago. Will this Lil' White Dog be one of them?
Well, that depends, I guess, on if Gracie and I need any additional bones to keep us adequately treated in the coming months!
Enjoy the weekend, you dogs!
Please read my post via BlogChicagoHomes.com.
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