I won this at the Christmas Party and just signed up for it. I got to tell you guys this is awesome. This is like a Carfax for your home. I pulled up my address and it gave me information on my building that I never knew. It will show you permits, contractors who done work on the home. It will show you the cost of permits, and much more. I can take this customize report and place it into my home inspection report for my client. Thank you Buildfax for donating this awesome gift. And also thank you Nick for putting on such an awesome Christmas Party.
I will be using this service from now on with my inspection. This is why it pays to be an InterNACHI Member
I tried them when they first came out and I guess not that many municapalities were availble in Florida at that time because I never found barely anything I looked for and I was either using it for free or was given so many times to evaluate I do not remember but for Dade and Broward it was not worth much for me.
Glad to hear it is kicking it good now, I may have to look into it again.
I use this “whitepaper” I created in my marketing materials as a USP. Feel free to mimic mine to make your own.
I frequently run BuildFax reports for REA’s as well when they ask. And they do. I’ve even had potential clients (who have turned into actual clients 100% successfully so far) run BuildFax on an address they haven’t even made an offer on yet (usually free for the first one and then a small fee for each additional).
If there is coverage for their address, my inspection clients receive a copy for free.
The $5 deal that Russell (HG) has for us is a great one.
Update on this, this service is awesome and I have to tell you, realtors love this. I have had positive feedback from my clients. I was kind of skeptical on realtors as they would be kind of frowning this for digging up dirt on the home. But most of the realtors that have used me or I marketed to love this report. Guys take advantage of the InterNACHI deal they give. You can start a 7 day free trial and the InterNACHI deal is at http://go.buildfax.com/internachi
This is a great service to add to your home inspection service.
Shawn have you had a property not show and if so what percentages of search are not in the system? In theory accurate permit info that went way back available everywhere for a common sense bulk type price would be great for us. Hell they could give it to us free if it was good enough “completely all there and accurate”. They could sell not so annoying side and bottom ads at a premimum. no skin off our backs and the more money they make the better service they could provide. THINK ABOUT IT BUILD-FAX People
The future is free for users. Sell adds to clients who want our eyes for a moment or two.
Just think how many times the ARNOLD commercial has aired since before and during the Superbowl. All for a game they give away. Hmmmmmmm Must be making a killing somewhere to afford that kind odf ads
I only had a couple like two not show up which were located on Holmes Beach, Anna Marie Island. Otherwise most of the permitting goes back to the 90’s which is what our county records show online. What I like about it for instance is the homes down south of me in Punta Gorda had damage from Hurricane Charley it would show their was windstorm damage, it shows if the home had fire damage, sprinkler work, alarm work and etc…
worth the money, your area should have good covering being Miami Dade, give it a try for a month and you will only be out $50.00 if it doesn’t suite you.
Excellent service for the INachi discounted fee.
Wouldn’t go on an inspection without it.
Then for WindMits you know the age of the roof.
Ya know how may times the agent has told me onsite - you’re crazy, this roof is only 6 years old.
I tell them - don’t look at me like I have 3 heads! :twisted:
I find that most areas in S. Florida have good coverage although the most current
may not appear (they give dates such as Feb 01, 1992 to June 02, 2015).
Sometimes there’s a 6-9 month gap depending on the municipality.
So what do you do when you find a few permits are not closed?
Do you not mention it, verbally tell them, put it in your report? Is the roof an illegal structure?
Then what about that AC or water heater install?