Advise on Move in Certified inspections

Any advise on the Move in Certified inspections.
I believe targeting homes under 5-6 yrs old, selling the idea that your not looking for problems in the home, but ruling out and/or repairing minor problems that the buyers would ask for in a deduction. Any opinions

IMO, this MIC thing isn’t worth the time and money if the realtors aren’t on board with it. After all, what is going to compel a seller to throw down hundreds of dollars on a MIC when its their realtor’s responsibility to get the house sold?

Good luck with the realtors. They’re not receptive to it in many areas, including here. But somebody on this board shared the bold idea of trying to win over agents with this by offering a free “tryout” MIC inspection to each realtor or office. It might work if the realtors perceive the program to be an effective and cost-effective marketing tool.

Does not work here either.

Granted, an inspector may find one in a hundred (if their lucky) to admire the program, but all I can say (after trying the program myself) is GOOD LUCK…!!


I tried and could not even give them away to homeowners (traditional and FSBO) nor to RE Agents. Very, very sad but I definitely had the feeling that they believed “Less knowledge is better”.

You are just crazy Dale, I do at least one pre sale home inspection a year come hell or highwater. :wink:

I tried marketing the program to realtors and some thought it was a good idea others didnt. A LOT of the realtors I spoke to said that there sellers are not willing to spend the money on an inspection even if the agent recommends it. In my area people are very cheap and they wanna spend as little as possible when it comes to selling there home.

Well I guess I shouldn’t put the program down entirely…I did perform one two years ago…or was it three, anyway, I shouldn’t say that move-in-certified’s are completely worthless.

Just not the type of inspection to offer which will buy more than a good dinner every few years (here anyway)----:shock:

Wow, I figured the freebie campaign would at least generate something. :shock:

Thank goodness I felt it wouldn’t be worthwhile, figuring my MIC program would go up in smoke after the first or second inspection revealed material defects which the listing agent would scapegoat for his / her inability to sell the property close to the asking price and within a short period of time. :twisted:

Thanks at least its not just in my area. Being from the construction industry I thought people would like to know when things are wrong with their house. I guess the same answer goes for offering a maintence inspection to people who have owned their homes for 5-10 years. To find minor problems before they get big and expensive.

The system is a win-win-win for agents, sellers and inspectors.

Our Denver Chapter members do hundreds of them:

It just makes way more sense than working for the buyer.

I saw someone mention earlier (might have been on our forum, I don’t remember) that they were attaching the cost of the MIC inspection to escrow. Now obviously with a normal home inspection this is a bad idea as the buyer might back out. But the seller is more than likely going to sell their home (at least a better chance of it). This way the seller isn’t paying for anything up front. You might have to wait awhile to get paid, but do enough of them and it might be worth it.

Just a thought!

I would rather put the money on a hard 12 in Vegas—:smiley:

A hard 12? you are killing me Dale. :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::roll::roll:

Well, some of these guys are saying they’ve done 3 inspections this month. Even if they only got money off a few of these it’s better than nothing. Unless you can get to Vegas that is :mrgreen:

Well today is only the 5th; so if they did 3 inspections already this month it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye—:smiley:

If anyone claimed to do 3 move-in-certified and can prove it (from the 1st. till the 4th.) I’ll kiss their a$$ in Times Square, without any reservations—:smiley:


Some would say that leaving the bill for settlement at close of escrow means that the inspector has a financial interest in the sale. Face it… no close of escrow, no pay for the inspection.

Here in NY, such an arrangement runs contrary to the law.

BTW: the program doesnt work here in my part of NY, either.

Hey Joe,

That’s definitely a good point. Guess that method wouldn’t work then!

I was a little unsober in Motor City Casino and won when putting a $100 dollar bet on box cars. Something like $3000. I also hit the field once when I didn’t know any better. Came up 12, $300. Blew it all in Windsor anyway.

But yeah, back to the topic. I already did my listing inspection this year, so I’m good.