Companies wanting to hire me to do 'Idiot' inspections

Originally Posted By: sdesjardins
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Recently I’ve had two seperate companies contact me about contracting work out to me on a regular basis. They want me to do really simple inspections, ie take 3 pictures and make sure the address is right. Or make sure the blueprints look like the building etc. Or do 1 and 2 page liabilty or physical inspection reports.


Has anybody heard of Granite Construction Inspections or Advanced Field services? Or, better yet has anybody worked for these companies? They both have websites. I just tend not to trust people who only have web sites and people called 'recruiters' talking sales talk on the phone.


Originally Posted By: ssmith3
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I do ‘draw’ inspections for Granite. Have been doing them for about 2 months. It’s easy money. I avg 2-3 per week from them. Always get paid never a problem. Just took awhile the first few cause they had to get me set up in the computer system. I now get a check every week from them. They are soon putting everything online. Including filling out the report and uploading the pics. Will need some type of construction experience.



Scott Smith


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Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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I do granite inspections…lots of NACHI guys here do them.



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Originally Posted By: jpope
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kmcmahon wrote:
I do granite inspections...lots of NACHI guys here do them.


Yup, me too. ![icon_cool.gif](upload://oPnLkqdJc33Dyf2uA3TQwRkfhwd.gif)


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Originally Posted By: sdesjardins
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Ok, sounds good. These days it really is worth while to check up on these kinds of things. The only way to tell the real deal from some kind of scam is by asking around. I love the internet but at the same time find it hard to trust people I can’t look in the eye icon_smile.gif


I'm glad to hear it works out so well for you guys. I think I'll get a lot of work from them because once I get signed up I'll be their only inspector in about 15 counties.

Still, anybody heard of the other company AFS aka Advanced Field Services? I had both them and granite contact me seperately.

I've been a NACHI member for a while. Don't know why I didn't think to come here sooner. I belong to a message board for my toyota landcruiser so why not for inspections too?


Originally Posted By: wcampbell
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What’s Granite’s web site?



This Ole House-Home Inspections


William A. Campbell TREC # 6372


Serving the Texas Coastal Bend


(361) 727-0602 (home)


(361) 727-0055 (office)


(361) 229-4103 (cell)

Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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http://www.graniteloan.com/index.php?page=inspectors_info



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Originally Posted By: csessums
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Our standard Field Representative fee schedule ranges from $4 to $12 per report for our base traditional Observation product. Our fee scales increase accordingly based on the distance the assignment is located from a major metro region. A wide assortment of additional supplements and photographs are also available for completion. Typically, our non-appointment, standard time service fees are between $8 and $12.



Pulled from the AFS site

Charlie Sessums


Originally Posted By: ssmith3
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You got the website for AFS??



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Originally Posted By: csessums
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http://www.afsweb.com/Careers/FieldRepOpp.aspx


Charlie


Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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maybe I’m missing something, but $4 wouldn’t pay for me to get off the couch.



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Originally Posted By: kbowles
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kmcmahon wrote:
maybe I'm missing something, but $4 wouldn't pay for me to get off the couch.


I agree Kevin, wouldn't hardly pay the gas to get there.

Kevin


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Originally Posted By: jburkeson
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csessums wrote:
Our standard Field Representative fee schedule ranges from $4 to $12 per report for our base traditional Observation product. Our fee scales increase accordingly based on the distance the assignment is located from a major metro region. A wide assortment of additional supplements and photographs are also available for completion. Typically, our non-appointment, standard time service fees are between $8 and $12.


Pulled from the AFS site

Charlie Sessums


I looked into this a while back, I don't know how they attract and keep good inspectors, part of the inspection required you to measure the premise and then using a cad-like program draw the building, all for a lousy $9, I told them that they should find someone else.


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Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Lets see…$9.00 an hour or $300.00 for three hours.


Hmmmmm, lets see. The decision is quite hard.![](upload://io3rRvjY7ufSF8RLtLQs1lZajdm.gif)

I guess there are inspectors out there that do have time on their hands and are filling their daily schedules with these draw inspections.
Little money beats no money.

Personally, I'm all set.


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Originally Posted By: pstack-oconnor
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I’m late to this topic but if anyone is still interested I’ve been involved with AFS since I opened my business. The average “inspection” is worth $9 and takes under 5 minutes to see and 2 minutes to type. The trick is working in a tight area so you can see 5-10 per hour. I hardly do them anymore but they kept me going when I started out.


Originally Posted By: ssmith3
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Anyone working for Granite Loan Management??


I have done inspections for them for the past 4 - 5 months


I recently contacted James Killey there because I had several invoices that were outstanding. He called me and said he was surprised that I had not gotten my money and would get it straightened out. I received a check for half of the outstanding invoices but, have not been contacted for any more inspections. There were several projects that I was inspecting that were no where near completion.



So my ??? is, has anyone else had a problem like this?? ask about payment and then get dropped or is it just that most contractors “slow down” during this time??



Scott Smith


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Vice President NorCal NACHI Chapter


I graduated from collage. Now my life is all mixed up.

Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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So far I’ve gotten all my money from them…usually takes two weeks to get paid, which isn’t bad.


They recently picked up wells fargo and bank one (because chase bought them), so business has picked up on my end a bit, but mostly for final inspections for bank one. I did two today.


They have so much work, I don't know how they keep it all strait. Apparently sometimes they don't.


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Originally Posted By: rsummers
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I have never had a problem getting paid. Its a good gig for extra cash also good fill in work between Inspections.


Originally Posted By: ssmith3
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OK, I just sent an e-mail to Jim @ granite and I got 2 faxes right after for inspections. Sent a fax about outstanding invoices (2). Guess it must be getting slow right now.



All is well in Scott’s little world. icon_biggrin.gif



Scott Smith


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Originally Posted By: tallen
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I always get paid within 2 weeks.