Are you are doing the 30-45 min walk and talk inspections?
I’m in Warrenton Virginia. Northern Virginia metropolitan Wash DC area.
I called Melody, who I’ve worked with many times over the past 7-8 years, to learn more about these inspections. She told me she’s been dealing with selling agents limiting the home inspection time to 30-45 minutes. She didn’t have a house for me to inspect yet…she wanted to know if she could call on me if she gets a client who wants one. These inspections do not include any written report or photos…simply a walk and talk exchange between client and home inspector. I googled “walk & talk” inspections and found some inspectors in my area advertising these type inspections.
Are any other Internachi inspectors doing these type of inspections?
In the absence of any written report aren’t inspectors increasing their liability risk? If a client calls back 6 months from now claiming I didn’t tell them about the: electrical, plumbing, roof issues, etc…it’s my word against theirs. Will modifying the pre-inspection agreement better protect us?? Even if you have E&O insurance…would it protect you if there is no written report?
Have done several pre offer inspections this past year. Been called at 2 pm asking if I can do an inspection at 4 pm (two hours later) because client needs to make an offer by 10 am the next morning… This was for an agent who has always called me first for the past ten years….if I can accommodate her I will. Only had 1 and ½ hours to do the inspection but client was very happy and made her offer of 60K over the asking price and in cash. She lost. Someone offered 80K over asking with cash.
Is this crazy market nationwide? I’ve heard from several agents, if you’re serious about a house you should consider offering 20-25% above asking price.
What does InterNACHI say about these “walk & talk” inspections…
Looking forward to your responses……