DEAR BARRY: My friend is a home inspector, and he sometimes tells me crazy stories about buyers, sellers and agents. I've been reading your column for years, and you've covered countless topics of interest. But you've never mentioned any personal experiences from the trenches. How about a couple of interesting stories? --Ben DEAR BEN: I'm grinning broadly as I write this. Great question, by the way. The main character of the first story was an apparently disturbed lady who rented the home that was scheduled for inspection. The property was in escrow and the tenant had been notified that we would need access. The property manager met me at the house, but the front door wouldn't open because the tenant had installed a slide bolt.The manager called a locksmith, who opened the back door, but the volatile tenant was on the war path. She had locked herself in the master bedroom, and when we knocked, she threatened to call the police if we did not leave. The inspection proceeded, ...
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