I have some exciting news to share.
Sunday, May 31 (today!) is National Speak in Complete Sentences Day.
As a grammar aficionado, I have to admit I’m looking forward to a day that celebrates language.
There aren’t very many holidays for syntax lovers, in fact off the top of my head I can’t think of any, so I think we should celebrate the few that come around.
It’s not clear when, or where, this holiday started. Something tells me a Dictionary, or maybe a publishing company, is behind it, but that’s pure conjecture. (I can use that word because it’s basically fancy language day.)
Since we’re celebrating a day that’s dedicated to language, I thought I would share with you a language tip for something about grammar that I see people get wrong all the time.
So, did you know that a run-on sentence isn’t simply a long sentence with lots of ideas? That’s right. Technically there aren’t any rules around the accepted length of a sentence.
A sentence can be as long as you want it to be, provided you include all the necessary punctuation.
A run-on sentence, then, is a sentence that connects two or more ideas without the necessary punctuation.
For example, if I were to say, “I’m excited to go to work on my back deck next weekend I think I’ll have order stain from the store,” it would be a run-on sentence. “I’m excited to go to work on my back deck next weekend” and “I’ll have to order stain from the store” are two ideas. Each one could stand on its own as a sentence. So if you’d like to connect the two, you need to include the necessary punctuation or something like the word “so.”
Well, that’s my grammar tip for the day!
Anyway, because it’s National Speak in Complete Sentences Day, I’d like to talk to you, in complete sentences, about my life as a home inspector, and what it is exactly that I do.
If you’re receiving this message, then we’ve likely worked together in the past, which means, more than anything, this message is meant to serve as a refresher: to let you know who I am, what I do, and what I offer to my clients.
My name is Egbert Jager.
I’ve been a home inspector for over 14 years.
In that time it’s safe to say I’ve seen just about everything (some of which you probably wouldn’t even believe).
This seems to be the part in most client letters where the author offers the most lofty, unbelievable promises and guarantees to their reader—but that’s not what I’m going to do.
Instead, I’d like to give you an honest, transparent, inside look at my job.
As a home inspector, the most important thing I can be is thorough.
I simply have to do my best not to miss anything.
To that end: Although I have tools and education, I do not have superpowers: I cannot see through walls, look back through time, or guarantee future outcomes.
I strive for excellence and thoroughness, but I will not find every single item that is wrong with the home, every little thing that needs repair, or each and every deficiency that might arise under different conditions or circumstances.
Although my report can serve as a honey-do list, it is not possible, nor can I guarantee, to find absolutely everything that is wrong with the home—but I can give you a sense of the scope of the job that you are going to buy.
And it is a job that you’re buying.
This is why my catchphrase is “Buying a house is buying a job.”
It doesn’t matter who you hire as your home inspector; you’re going to have to work on your home. That’s just the reality of being a homeowner.
I don’t tell you this to belittle my abilities or to make you doubt that I’m an expert.
On the contrary, I am a NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) Certified Home Inspector—and I’m the only one in Alberta.
As a home inspector, my goal is simple. I want you to be confident in your decision to purchase your new home. And I want to put you in the best position possible to make that decision.
I want to provide you with information that you could not get for yourself, especially if you were to use your uncle, your father, a different family member, or a contractor, instead of an accredited home inspector.
I want to put you in a position where you can make an informed decision about your investment—because at the end of the day it’s your money that’s on the line.
I will always lead with honesty and transparency, and I hope that I’ve conveyed that here.
So if you’d like to work together again in the future, OR if you know someone that is looking for a new home in the future, please call me at 403-404-0804 or visit my website at www.diamondhomeinspection.ca/request-inspection/ to book an inspection.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you,