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    Default Common Questions asked at the inspection

    Common Questions and/or Statements by Agents;
    1. “How long is this going to take?”
    2. “When do I get your report?
    3. “Lock up when you’re finished.”
    4. “Let me know if you find anything significant, I’ll be on the phone.”
    5. “I have no idea why the buyers want this home inspected because it is: A. Bank owned B. Brand new, or C. Been perfectly maintained by the sellers.”
    6. The most “target–rich” inspection site: “I seriously doubt you’ll find anything wrong because the seller is a general contractor.”

    Common Questions and/or statements by Clients:
    1. “How long will this take?”
    2. “When do we get your report?”
    3. “How’s the foundation?”
    4. “How’s the roof?”
    5. “What’s a new roof cost?”
    6. “Is this a bearing wall?”
    7. “Can we add a second story?”
    8. “Would you buy this house?”

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    1. “How long is this going to take?”
    How long are we going to talk?

    2. “When do I get your report?
    How long are we going to talk?

    3. “Lock up when you’re finished.”
    No s.h.i.t.?

    4. “Let me know if you find anything significant, I’ll be on the phone.”
    What is your definition of significant?

    5. “I have no idea why the buyers want this home inspected because it is: A. Bank owned B. Brand new, or C. Been perfectly maintained by the sellers.”
    You mean to say that you are clueless?

    6. The most “target–rich” inspection site: “I seriously doubt you’ll find anything wrong because the seller is a general contractor.”
    This newly divulged information significantly increases my fee.

    3. “How’s the foundation?”
    Beneath us.

    4. “How’s the roof?”
    Above us.

    5. “What’s a new roof cost?”
    What's a new house cost?

    6. “Is this a bearing wall?”
    Is this a boring question?

    7. “Can we add a second story?”
    I certainly hope so. The one I've heard so far is pathetic.

    8. “Would you buy this house?”
    No, I already have one.


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

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    Can't You Do It any Cheaper !
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    It Might have Choked Artie But it ain't gone'a choke Stymie! Our Gang " The Pooch " (1932)
    Billy J. Stephens HI Service Memphis TN.

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    Please remove your shoes...


    Best

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    “Would you buy this house?”

    That has got to be THE question.

    Or potential client.

    "Ok, I'll give you a call after I check out a few more prices. I still have a few more on the list."

    The other day was " Well, my father sent me a dozen names. I have to at least call a few of the other inspectors."

    That one was actully preceded by

    "You said how much for the inspection?"


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    Agent: My client get's off work at 5, can we start at 5:30?


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Fellman View Post
    Agent: My client get's off work at 5, can we start at 5:30?
    Combined with . . ."and do you work on Sundays?"


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    #1. I've always wanted to be a HI, whats involved in becoming one.

    rick


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    #1. I've always wanted to be a HI, whats involved in becoming one.

    rick
    Answer: A minimum of ten years as a residential general contractor. A minimum of 10,000 hours work in the field as an inspector - reference "The Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell, et al.. And, an IQ that is sufficiently elevated to prevent you from asking me that question . . .


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    Some actually begin and end with a certifiable pulse. However, lacking everything but that there‘s always a two-week course at, “Become a Home Inspector and Make Lots of Money” school.

    Jerry McCarthy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry McCarthy View Post
    Some actually begin and end with a certifiable pulse. However, lacking everything but that there‘s always a two-week course at, “Become a Home Inspector and Make Lots of Money” school.
    One of the major state-approved schools (the guilty shall remain anonymous) for training of Texas inspector licensees recently disseminated an inspection report form to their students with the following boiler plate information on it:

    "Heating unit(s) were inspected but were not operated since the ambient temperature exceeds 70ºF." WTF!

    How much do you think students will learn at a place like that, even if the course lasts 2 decades?

    It's the designers of the curricula, the approving agencies and the instructors assigned to shovel out this sort of crap that need their pulses and IQs measured.

    Aaron


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    Home Rite Home Inspector, York, Pa - Real Estate Inspection in PA and Maryland
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    "I am so sorry...she has never bitten anyone before. Helen, I think you should call an ambulance the inspector is starting to lose consciousness."


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    Home Rite Home Inspector, York, Pa - Real Estate Inspection in PA and Maryland

    Don't worry about him he's the most gentle Pit Bull I've ever had.


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    Realtor Statement:

    To client: Oh don't worry, I know a guy that can fix that... no problem


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    A few more...

    Q: Where's the property line?

    Q: What's this and/or should it be exposed like that? (client pointing at the doorbell transformer)

    Q: How's the water pressure? (after seeing me measure it at a hose bib)
    A: It's fine, but you probably want to know about the flow rate. I'll be checking that later.

    and the most common, and my favorite...
    Q: Who do I make the check out to?


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    How about, "Do you mind being paid at closing?"

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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by John Goad View Post
    How about, "Do you mind being paid at closing?"
    I always comeback with the following comment to that question with:

    Yes I do mind! "Will that be cash, check or charge TODAY? Please No small children!"

    rick


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post

    Please No small children!"

    rick
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    OR Large Children !
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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    More questions

    "Is there any mold in this house?"

    I am sure there is.

    "Is it black mold"

    Are you racist?

    If it weren't for lawyers, we would never need them.

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    Ever have them make out your check to a competitors company and not your company...

    Or to a company your just don't like. kind of sticks in your back side.

    Best

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    Cool Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    How about I'm the homeowner can i follow you around and you tell me what is wrong so i can fix it.
    Or I'm the homeowner why do you need to pull off the cover of the electrical panel i can open and hold the door for you.
    Or typical phone call from a homeowner. How can you say there is rot in my siding I just paid a contractor to fix all of it.


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    ]How about, "Do you mind being paid at closing?"[/quote]

    Not if you mind if i get your credit card info and Hold a charge on it till the check clears.


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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by John Goad View Post
    How about, "Do you mind being paid at closing?"
    Or simply respond "No, not at all, I'll have your report ready for you the day AFTER closing, when I get my check."

    Client "But I need to know right now, can you TELL me know?"

    HI "Sure. I can tell you right now ... I will issue your report WHEN I GET PAID."



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    Default Re: Common Questions asked at the inspection

    How about, "you don't mind if Uncle Buck video tapes your inspection, right?"

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