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    As mentioned Jerry, it is not a question of confidence. I see it as a matter of time and how I prefer to run business. I've done plenty of jobs alone and could do it alone but why would I want to? For the money? Sure that's good but so what. I've busted my ass doing jobs and that's OK. I tend to be a workaholic and don't really mind. However, I don't view it as actually being the best course of action sometimes. I believe in the value of having associates, having manpower, resources. I would rather pay a guy to do the general interior and another guy to do the exterior, while I do the mechanicals and technical. Of course at some point during the day I do a walk-through with each to assess what's been done, etc.
    I'd rather knock it out and move on to the next one or ride my motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendell Swedberg View Post
    I'm sure glad it's all over, though....more importantly, I'm glad I had E&O!!!
    Hmmmm! So, Wendell wasn't found to be a registered HI in Arizona? Maybe Wendell has taken up selling E&O insurance.

    The above statements are expressed solely as my opinion and in all probability will conflict with someone else's.
    Stu, Fredericksburg VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erby Crofutt View Post
    Nick,

    Click on Wendell's name then in the drop down click on "find all posts by".

    When they pop up, look at the first 10 he made. All content gone, just a line of periods left.

    Probably more gone by now.

    Speaks volumes all by itself.
    Wonder who he'll pop up as next?


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    Quote Originally Posted by A.D. Miller View Post
    Wonder who he'll pop up as next?
    A.D. Miller=Wendell Swedberg??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Luce View Post
    A.D. Miller=Wendell Swedberg??
    Kevin: Now, is that nice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by A.D. Miller View Post
    Kevin: Now, is that nice?



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    Cool Re: Words and phrases not to use in your report.

    Law suits are a reality of life in the real estate property inspecting industry and always will be. The biggest problem I've seen on the legal end (both sides that is) is; 1. Incompetent inspections performed by incompetent inspectors. 2. Plain lousy inspection reports, and 3. Inspectors who donít understand how to manage their clientís expectations. (The lack of X-ray vision being chief among them) On the other side of the coin thereís no shortage of greedy folks out there who would attempt to use a home inspector as their personal ATM machine any time they thought they could get away with it. It's an unfortunate fact that Home Inspectors are the low hanging fruit on the tree of litigation.

    PS: Kevin; good luck on the ICC Residential Electrical exam. Iím certain you will do just fine.


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    [quote=Jerry McCarthy;66696]Law suits are a reality of life in the real estate property inspecting industry and always will be. The biggest problem I've seen on the legal end (both sides that is) is; 1. Incompetent inspections performed by incompetent inspectors. 2. Plain lousy inspection reports, and 3. Inspectors who donít understand how to manage their clientís expectations. (The lack of X-ray vision being chief among them) On the other side of the coin thereís no shortage of greedy folks out there who would attempt to use a home inspector as their personal ATM machine any time they thought they could get away with it. It's an unfortunate fact that Home Inspectors are the low hanging fruit on the tree of litigation.

    One of my fellow termite inspectors in So. Calif. inspected a home and after the close of escrow the new owner sent out a letter informing all the real estate agents, Escrow officers and termite and HI. That he was going to file law suits on all parties over bunch of little things. He informed them
    he just wanted 5K from each of them and he would go away. so they all got together and each one paid the dude his 5K. Free money. They look at that facts not much there. but all the mess with the insurance co. and the other fees. and then gave in... jerk!!!

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    I have had only a few over the years looking for me to pay for items that they did not bother getting fixed. I am always polite. Listen to there complaints and then go over their complaints by reading the report back to them. There has not been once where that did not stop it in its tracks. At the end of reading my report I did for them on the complaints they had there is silence. I ask nicely If there is anything else they would like to go over. Sometimes I just hear more silence and then some mumbling and then have a nice day. A couple others were so pissed at their own stupidity that they get mad and slam the phone up. One actually started screaming at me until I started screaming back. I actually allowed him to piss me off and told him if he wanted I could come over and stuff the report up his a** and maybe he could read it better after the insertion. He slammed the phone up and have not heard a thing for 5 or 6 years. I can not believe he actually ticked me off. Don't you just hate when that happens.


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    [quote=Ron Bibler;66698]
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry McCarthy View Post
    Law suits are a reality of life in the real estate property inspecting industry and always will be. .....

    One of my fellow termite inspectors in So. Calif. inspected a home and after the close of escrow the new owner sent out a letter informing all the real estate agents, Escrow officers and termite and HI. That he was going to file law suits on all parties over bunch of little things. He informed them he just wanted 5K from each of them and he would go away. so they all got together and each one paid the dude his 5K. Free money. They look at that facts not much there. but all the mess with the insurance co. and the other fees. and then gave in... jerk!!!

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    Ron
    Perhaps a better way would have to been to send the guy a nicely wrapped baseball bat with his name inscribed on it.

    The above statements are expressed solely as my opinion and in all probability will conflict with someone else's.
    Stu, Fredericksburg VA

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    [quote=Ron Bibler;66698]
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry McCarthy View Post
    Law suits are a reality of life in the real estate property inspecting industry and always will be. The biggest problem I've seen on the legal end (both sides that is) is; 1. Incompetent inspections performed by incompetent inspectors. 2. Plain lousy inspection reports, and 3. Inspectors who donít understand how to manage their clientís expectations. (The lack of X-ray vision being chief among them) On the other side of the coin thereís no shortage of greedy folks out there who would attempt to use a home inspector as their personal ATM machine any time they thought they could get away with it. It's an unfortunate fact that Home Inspectors are the low hanging fruit on the tree of litigation.

    One of my fellow termite inspectors in So. Calif. inspected a home and after the close of escrow the new owner sent out a letter informing all the real estate agents, Escrow officers and termite and HI. That he was going to file law suits on all parties over bunch of little things. He informed them
    he just wanted 5K from each of them and he would go away. so they all got together and each one paid the dude his 5K. Free money. They look at that facts not much there. but all the mess with the insurance co. and the other fees. and then gave in... jerk!!!

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    Ron

    Idiots. For 5K they could have hired a cleaner and took care of the guy.

    rick


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    Default Re: Words and phrases not to use in your report.

    In East LA the going rate is 1,000 per limb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry McCarthy View Post
    In East LA the going rate is 1,000 per limb.
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    1000 x 5 limbs = 5k
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    Billy,

    I know the estimates pretty well you might say.

    rick


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    Billy
    That 5th limb is of course the head right? But wait, a head is not a limb, is it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry McCarthy View Post
    Billy
    That 5th limb is of course the head right? But wait, a head is not a limb, is it?
    If it a man its not.


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