Today after being called before I was supposed to call a client for her wind mitigation which she did not send an email or call to confirm as she said she would for today’s inspection I got a surprise.
I called her back and she said she was going to the building dept against my suggestion to get a Roof Permit History Report she said she already had and could have likely found online.
I then requested she called me if there was any possibility she would not be back by 10:00am “this was around 8:45am” as she was the first on my list and only a few minutes away from the office. I even said I could come later in the day if it was better for her. She of course said sure she would call for sure no problem.
Well I did not really have to much faith in her and was in no rush so at about 10:10am I just inputted her’s and my city in the GPS ans had her house number inputted in.
At about 10:12 3 or 4 minutes before I was supposed to be there and she had confirmed the time and said she would call if any problems arose my phone rang.
When she went to the bank to get my $70.00 she discovered someone had emptied her account :roll::roll::roll::roll: Wow what a shocking discovery it must have been for her.
Now I ask you all if she did not go to the bank to get my money and just decided top pay with a check as most would love to do what do you think would have happened to me???
I would have had already delivered her report this afternoon and a few days later I would get hit with a $30 dollar fee. She would already have submitted her report and likely save a bunch of money because I am so good at what I do
How easy do you all think it would then be for me to collect my to her piddly $70 plus the $30 that of course was not her fault because “someone” emptied her account.
I would just about bet anything the phone would never get answered and she would of course never be home because she was hard at work…
Reason 1001 why I accept cash or money order ONLY UPON my arrival BEFORE I begin.
What I cannot understand is how this apparently never has or does happen to any of you out there? Especially those who do a ton of insurance inspections?
I know it must why do you not ever speak of it?
What is the moral of this story you might ask?
If they cannot pay cash then you better watch your A S S on small dollar inspections or you will get screwed big time.