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welcome Drew, and looking forward to the time I have enough business to cover my own person on the phones and racking up the orders. Until then, I am totally confident in Team Red. They do a great job.
Every home buyer deserves to live in a healthy home, not just for them, but their family. You never know what is inside the home that may be causing health issues. Testing for mold is affordable, fast and most importantly, accurate. We make sure all our samples go to Priority Lab. The best team of specialists and technicians in the business, headed by Dr. John Shane, one of the leading mold specialists in the country. Let us help you live in a healthy home.
While Yelp has never a force in our market, I did fall for the Yelp pay to be promoted program. Super pricey, and guess what? Not even one single lead that led to an inspection. There are far better ways to get exposure. The reviews we got were never posted unless it was a paying Yelp client, and the only one I can recall was a review from an unhappy client that refused our offer to refund their fee and they could get another inspection. Whatever their review rules are and how they are implemented, I would suggest they toss them out and start all over. The chances of that happening are zero to none, but it never hurts to ask.
My history with the RWS warranty program blows the door off all the other warranties. I get calls from buyers explaining how they are having nothing but trouble with a claim and can I please help. I wish they would have used RWS but that is another story for another post.
Prelisting inspections are growing in popularity, and can help sellers get ahead of their repairs and speed the sales process along to closing with the new buyers. Some buyers think another inspection is not needed because the house was already inspected for the sellers.

While we are often asked during an inspection, "should we buy this house?", we are not allowed to answer that question. What we are allowed to say is that this inspection is a snapshot in time, and things break. That's what happens in every home everywhere.

The prelisting inspection is a snapshot from the day of the inspection. But getting an inspection from an inspection company that includes some buyer protections, in case something does break, may help cover those unexpected expenses.

Finally, taking advantage of a quality Home Warranty, such as those offered from Residential Warranty Services, can add peace of mind to you for up to 18 months or longer. That is a value that a cheaper warranty or low priced inspection company just can't provide. Be a smart buyer and seller. Get a prelisting inspection and use a home inspection company that is there to help.
If you are on the fence about whether or not any of these items sound like they would work for your business, then ask yourself this question. What are you doing to make yourself stand out from your competition?
Do you and your competition do a thorough inspection? Yes and yes.
Do you all show up on time? yes and yes.
Do you all include color photos? Yes and Yes.
Do you all have experience? Yes and Yes.
Do you have logo shirts, marked vehicle, clean cut appearance, and on and on. Yes and yes.
If you all answered yes, then you have the same standard business with nothing to separate you from each other. So why should a client call and schedule with you? The answer is, there's no reason, since you're just like all the rest.

So adding the value of extra coverages for your buyers will not only protect them from an expense they may not be able to afford, but it will also protect you from a demand for payment on an item that was working just fine when you were at the inspection, but for some reason failed after. It happens, it's no one's fault, but you're now the hero to the buyer, and the agent that referred you now has a happy client spreading the good word about your company. It's a win, win, win for all parties.
This is a subject of great interest to any realtor. It amazes me that Zillow was scoffed at so much in the beginning and now is literally taking money out of the realtor's pockets and it's willingly happening.
bmwells62380 wrote:If you're referred one and they're fully booked, you have a back up plan with two more options, is one reason.

I would say it's another option to ask the buyer to request an extension to the inspection period. The buyer is still in a better place getting their inspection that includes all the protections they may need.
Let me get this straight. You're a real estate agent that your clients are trusting with the largest purchase of their life, ever. They have trusted you to help them find a home their family will grow up in and have family holidays and a million memories. And when they ask for help finding a home inspector, you decide to back off and let them wing it? It makes no sense. Find an inspector that offers peace of mind protections after the closing and everyone can live happily ever after. No one can predict the future and things do fail after an inspection. If I were an agent, I would make sure my client has the best home buying and home owning experience ever.
Thinking about it for sure. Word of advice, steer clear of skeleton dryer vent hoses.
Used it for years, the agents love it and love seeing me. Many times it's a nice time to sit and discuss their kids, their newest listing, a problem or question they had at an inspection, etc. Oranges, popcorn, peeps, granola bars, hand sanitizers, Kleenex, have all been in the bowls.
Thanks Mr Casey, I was hoping you would confirm my thoughts.
Need some help with this one. Some sort of surge protector, but this jumper wire is what I'm questioning. The protector is dbl tapped into the main, then jumped to the other lug. I already know about the lines into the panel. It's a Frank Adams panel. Never saw one before.
No squash blocks in an I joist floor system but it is a truss roof system.
I'm thinking that there is no load bearing from the roof so no need for the blocks.
Major % of the joists are above finished drywall ceiling so repair would be extensive.
This picture is the one small utility room area visible.
Check out this minor electrical infraction. Floor sander didn't want to keep blowing fuses so....... problem solved. Yes, it's a Craftsman.
I got mine Wednesday. Nice, very nice.
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