What is your response to realtors/buyers who want to purchase a report or receipt from you after the previous buyer, who you did the inspection for deal falls through? I know the original buyer who paid for the inspection owns it, but sometimes they sell it to the next guy who wants me to give or sell them a receipt.I get asked to sell old reports or receipts from time to time, and they always say it doesn’t need to be inspected because it already was. I always tell them I can do a single component or full inspection in order to give a receipt. Would like to know how other people handle this? Usually its some buyer who doesn’t want a home inspection so they pass on it, then find out they need a receipt for the loan.
“Sorry, can’t help you with those requests…”
It’s called ‘fraud.’ They want a receipt to indicate that you did the report for them so that they can use that as a bargaining or bail chip. Don’t know what state you’re in, but mine requires a licensed home inspector report to get out of the contract because of inspection. I did see on your website that you provide InterNACHI buy back guarantee. Don’t you think there might be a problem with someone wanting a buy back after you sold them a receipt for a report that you didn’t do for them? I hope you know good lawyers cause you’re going to need them!
I would never sell the receipt to a non client. Maybe my wording was not clear. I only tell them I can do a single component or full inspections.
Well just say I won’t do that and move on.
So basically, they want you to be party to insurance fraud!
We won’t provide an invoice to anyone who didn’t book our service…
Just say NO to insurance fraud.
But I have a related question: what if it’s a report for the buyer and the deal falls through. Now a second buyer wants an updated inspection report? Are there ethical lines there in doing a short form inspection or simply selling the original report to a second legitimate agent/buyer?
New client, new day, new inspection. Simple…
And to add to that
An ‘updated’ inspection report equates to a “new and separate FULL inspection”.
Thus the reason for a new, complete inspection. ANYTHING can happen after the original inspection, even the next day. I’ve heard stories of homeowners/handymen making repairs and ‘flushing’ paints/debris/whatnot down the drain and plugging it up midway to the sewer mainline requiring digging up the yard for repairs!!
How do you know some of the issues weren’t fixed after your first report. Just do a completely new inspection
I’ve inspected the same house a week later. Found bad substandard repairs, and if we’re being honest, you’ll always find something new.
I find saying something along the lines of “company policy” assertive and without hesitation works well.
Its embarrassing anyone would even ask this type question.
Are they that hard up for $$$$$$. Have they ever taken an ethics or basic business class.
Not Theirs to Sell … Its their CLIENTS
NO. No way, not with the reports, receipts, anything! If that ticks them off, then they were not your target market anyway.