Originally Posted By: Lyle Dady
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Hi everyone! I am a new NACHI member and fairly new to the home inspection buisness.
This discussion format is realy great and is just one of the reasons I chose to join NACHI.
I hope my long winded questions don’t get me kicked out or put everyone to sleep.
After a recent presentation at the leading Real Estate office in Iowa I was given two letters that the agents give to prospective buyers or selers.
I have been told that this company has a specific contract or agreement with one of the home inspection franchices and that most agents will use that company.
I'm a little hard headed and am realy trying to break into this market but I am not sure how to deal with some of what was in the buyers and sellers letters about home inspectors.
The following are some of what the letters contain.
![icon_rolleyes.gif](upload://iqxt7ABYC2TEBomNkCmZARIrQr6.gif) The inspection will take from 1-2 hours, depending on the size and condition of the house. It takes time to do a thorough inspection, and a thourough inspection is good buisness for all parties involved.
The only part of this satement I have trouble with is the 1-2 hour statement. I may be slowing down, just turned 50, but I just don't think I can do a quality inspection in that time frame.
![icon_rolleyes.gif](upload://iqxt7ABYC2TEBomNkCmZARIrQr6.gif) The inspections should be done by a qualified ASHI
inspector to insure that certain written guidelines are followed.
I am not an ASHI
member at this time and for the time being do not intend to join.
![icon_rolleyes.gif](upload://iqxt7ABYC2TEBomNkCmZARIrQr6.gif) The purchase agreement between the buyers and sellers typically contains the following understanding: The buyer may have a home inspection performed to determine if there are any Safety or MAJOR
mechanical, electrical, plumbing or other MAJOR
material deficiencies in the home. The key words are SAFETY
. A Major material deficiency is defined in the Greater Des Moines Market as an item that will cost (in the OPINION of the inspector) MORE THAN $500.00 TO REPAIR OR REPLACE.
While I understand the company wanting to inform the customer is seems that what they are realy doing is attempting to control what and how the the inspection process is done.
Any one else running into this sort of thing and if so any thoughts on how to deal with them?