Decades of experience in construction and renvations provide first-hand knowledge of what is critical for homeowners to be aware of.
Communication skills to enable the client to make sense of the findings without excessive legalese.
A commitment to truth and awareness of my duty to the client. Until the client runs out of questions, my job is not done
First, I enjoy being able to speak truth to my clients. I feel good about helping people feel comfortable about what is, for many, the most significant investment of their life. The work is often challenging, noting subtle clues to find underlyingissues. It's always fun trying to figure out what some builder thought was a good idea fifty years ago.
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Schedule an inspection for when the customer has the time to be there. Do the inspection explaining things about the house as I go. Keep answering questions until the client has none left. I will write the report of my findings within 24 hours.
All necessary classwork and continuing education for a Professional Real Estate Inspector's license. Thirty years of experience in home remodeling/repairs/contracting.
Minimum price is $250, up to about 2,500 square feet. Above that size, around ten cents per foot. For example, a 3,500 sf. house would b $350.00
I've always been an inspector. Real estate, Internal auditor, aircraft general mechanic for the USAF; inspecting is inspecting.
Residential buyers, retirement house buyers, first-time buyers, house flippers, commercial buyers, just about every nationality, Spanish-only speakers
I was explaining to my client that these small mounds of dirt meant that crawfish were there and that meant the property was frequently flooded for a day or two. The seller's agent claimed that they were from moles, that he in fact had had some around his office the year before. I walked around to the other side of the house, picked up the dead crawfish I had seen, and silently held it out to him. He stopped trying to snow me after that.
Ask if you can see a sample report. I do not use the computer report-writing software that produces 50 page reports. I tell the customer what he needs to know to make an informed decision.
Understand what their needs are, and then their wants.
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