Damn I look good…
Alright nick I have a challenge for you… Since you like to make the fat jokes…
I am entering into the Aids Marathon Training program starting June 10th and will run in the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii in December. This is all done as a fundraiser. And for me a way to lose weight and honor my best freind who died form HIV many years ago.
I want you to put up my first amount of $$ for the fundraiser. But then again if I lose weight who are you going to pick on…
I have to admit, you did lose quite a bit of weight since the last time I saw you. You too, Nick…
Nick has lost a lot of weight, yet he still goes out for a frosty at 2am. He runs every day. Gary you are looking great as well
Gery who is this gery you are speaking of
Nick and Gary,
So how did the meeting go. Any good education or other venue? Wouldn’t it behoove NACHI to do more than advertize that a meeting was held and 50 or so people showed up. Give the members and future members, not to mention the consumers that review this bb, the opportunity to see what types of training are held at these meetings.
The meeting went great there were about 47 people there. Sandlers sales did a good job, nick talked as usual, and then lorne went on.
Everyone had a great time.
So what you are saying is that there wasn’s any education venue at this meeting.
No John, it was a simple three hour chapter meeting with some educators. And actually the guys from Sandler Sales provided some great education on the art of sales.
I thought my belly was big.
To give you a little more input John. B, I attended the Chesapeake Meeting and found it to be a good, educational event. Even though I had heard Lorne give his presentation at a Chapter meeting in PA a year and half or so ago, I enjoyed hearing him speak again, and still gained much from his presentation.
Nick had some good things to share, particularly about promoting inspections for sellers and I actually wouldn’t have minded if he had been able to speak longer. He had to be cut off so we could eat.
One thing I’ve noticed about a few Chapter meetings I’ve attended, especially the “inaugural ones” or the “re-formation” ones, is that it seems an attempt is made to load up the agenda fairly heavily. I’d be happier with just one or two good primary speakers, and a little more time for give and take. And then a little more effort made organizationally to assure that the Chapters continue on a regular basis and don’t disappear.
I’ll share one more thing with you. Nick spoke about making yourself appear to be available with such things on your web site like, “please call before 10:45 pm.” While I was in the meeting I got a voice mail at 9:30 pm from a buyer wanting to book an inspection. When I got out of the meeting at 10:15 I checked my voice mail, a few minutes later called back, spoke to the client a few minutes and booked the inspection right there in the parking lot at 10:35. Got paid in advance via PayPal, did the inspection yesterday, and clients are very happy. That was a good chapter meeting!
Now this is what I would rathar read about. Not that other crap. Thanks for giving creedence to the chapter meeting and not fluff.
You’re welcome, John.
John quit being grumpy…
For the first time ever, I spoke at the Chesapeake Maryland Chapter about the liability of doing pre-listing inspections and how to do them.
The liability issue seemed to be what everyone was interested in. Here is a quick recap:
IMHO, doing an inspection for a seller (even a seller who intends to hand a copy of your report to every potential buyer that walks in the door) has less liability associated with it (for the inspector) than doing a normal inspection for the buyer.
First of all, the fact that he hands out 50 copies means nothing. Only one buyer is going to buy the house so having 49 other people see your report is a moot point and does not add liability.
Second, it is better to work for a client who is NOT going to end up owning the property you inspected than it is to work for a client who is. A seller is NOT going to end up owning the property… the seller is moving. So liability is lessened by working for the to-be NON-owner (seller). He is moving and not going to have any issues with you next year.
Third, the buyer, though likely going to be given access to the report by the seller, is not your client, did not get permission from you to rely on your report, and did not pay you. The buyer is merely someone who read your report without your permission including the section of your report that warned him NOT to rely on it.
Fourth, the buyer relying on your report without your permission carries less liability for you the inspector than a buyer who gets your permission (such as your own buyer-client). In other words, had you done the inspection directly for the buyer, the buyer would have had the right to rely on your report completely, and you would have been exposed to greater liability anyway.
And finally, working for the seller lengthens the time (by the time the home is on the market) between the date of the inspection and the time the buyer moves in. In general… liability is inversely proportional to the age of a report.