I wasn’t sure how to title this, but am having problems with people hiring individual contractors such as plumber, electricians, etc to do their home inspection. This doesn’t happen real ofter but it happened to me again the other day.
A young woman called me the other day and wanted to know what I charge to do a structural inspection. I said I normally do complete home inspections. she said she did need strutural only she was already hiring an electrician and a plumber. I said what about your roof, she said oh it is new it doesn’t need to be inspected. I said how new, did you know we had hail damage all over town recently, she said no. I said well you had better get the roof checked! I also tried to tell her that hiring separate contractors that many things can fall through the cracks. But I said if you want structural only I can do it for $100 she said she would talk to her husband. OK later she called and told me to do the inspection Monday morning, I said OK. Well a few hours later I was taking my car to the mechanic to get the a/c checked out and her lawyer called me and started interrogating me on my qualifications and wanted to know if I was licensed and bonded, etc. I said I am licensed by the state of Oklahoma and have insurance but not bonded. I told him I normally do complete home inspections. He told me he has bought several homes and only hired electricians, plumbers, etc and never had any problems. I explained that was not normal and that things could fall through the cracks. he bluntly told me he would tell her the message…whatever I thought. When I got home I called NACHI and they told me that was a red flag for her lawyer to call me. I called her back and was nice to her but told her my concerns, she said do you think you have something to worry about? long story short we talked a little she said bye. OK later on she called and said there was a change of plans and they would no longer need my services. I told her I was expecting that! we said bye and that was it.
This kind of got to me, the ignorance of some people and their attitude really sucks. I was trying to help her and give her advice but it turned against me, and her lawyer calling me really bothered me. Anyone else out there have any similar experiences?