Reinspection fee

Originally Posted By: dbush
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Just got a call from the banker that a client is using and they are requiring very specific things to get fixed prior to closing. She asked me if I would go back & reinspect ONLY those items. I said no problem & I would do it for $40. Does anyone else charge to go back, is it a reasonable rate?



Dave Bush


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Originally Posted By: gbell
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Hi Dave,


Yes I think most people charge to do a reinspection. I charge close to double that. Time is money.



Greg Bell


Bell Inspection Service

Originally Posted By: dbush
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Greg, my thinking for that price, which could be changed for the next time, was the majority of the reinspect is outside siding & trim work & looking at two items in the attic, which has drop down stairs. Maybe next time I should charge more, but if I am there more than 20 minutes, something was wrong.



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Originally Posted By: jremas
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I think this should be a case by case basis. I just did 2 inspections today for the same person buying rental property. She also referred someone to me and I got that inspection too. The 2nd property I looked at today had the utilities off so I told her I would go back after she buys it and turns them on to re-inspect for free. I made this decision because I already have 3 inspections in a week because of her and she is buying more property. Other circumstances may warrant a decent charge, just trying to figure out what would be a “normal” or average rate.






Jeff Remas
REMAS Inspections, Inc.
Northeastern PA & the Poconos
www.NEPAinspector.com

570-362-1598

Originally Posted By: gbell
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It is a choice each of us has to make. There is a inspector in my area who advertises that he does reinspections for free. Just remember the extra liability you are taking on.



Greg Bell


Bell Inspection Service

Originally Posted By: Rusty Rothrock
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Dave -


I think you might be a little on the cheap side. I charge $65 for reinspections whether I have to look at 10 things or just one thing.


I’ve never had any complaints, people know that time is money.


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Rusty Rothrock, Richmond, VA


Originally Posted By: matthew berman
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icon_biggrin.gif I charge a set fee for a reinspection in most cases .I also have the client or the clients agent sign a hold harmless agreement . Just in case the repairs i inspect start to fail , they cant come back on me.FWIW-------matt


Originally Posted By: dbush
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Thanks for all the input. I have already quoted the banker the price for this one, but I see the reasoning, I think I will raise the next one up a little. Matt, could you send me a copy of the agreement you use. Would this not be covered in the NACHI agreement for the original inspection. I was just going to use another one of those and change the date of the inspection.



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Originally Posted By: Scott Patterson
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I charge 75% of the original inspection fee. I also require a original receipt from the professional that did the repairs. I am only looking at the items that were repaired, nothing else.


I have the client sign a new contract so they understand exactlly what I will be doing and that I not issuing a gurantee or warranty on the repairs.

This is the only way I will do a reinspection. If they don't want to provide a receipt for the items, pay my fee or sign my contract I will not do it.


Originally Posted By: matthew berman
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icon_biggrin.gif Dave, you could use your nachi agreement and state reinspections of items repaired. i am not familier with the nachi agreement.-----------matt


Originally Posted By: mrose
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Dave,


Keep in mind that all we have to sell in this business is our time. When I am doing a re-inspection then I am no able to perform a compile inspection. This is what is termed "opportunity cost".

Typically my re-inspection fee is $125.00. Also, I advise my client that in many cases that the invoice from a licensed or professional contractor should suffice.

Best regards.


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Mike Rose
Cornerstone Home Inspection Co. LLC
Lawrenceville, GA

www.cornerstonehomeinspect.com

Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Mike,


I absolutely agree with you on charging for the reinspection.

I do have a suggestion for you on scheduling the reinspection. I don't schedule a reinspection in place of an inspection. Meaning that if I have a 9 am job and a 2 pm job on my schedule that reinspection will fall before the 9 am or after the 2 pm job so I am not losing the potential income. I think that just makes good busniess sense.

Joe Myers


Originally Posted By: dbush
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But Joe, doesn’t that cut into either donuts (am) or coke (pm) time?


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Dave Bush
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Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Dave,


I already have at least 1 donut and 1 liter of coke in my by the time I leave the house, so no! icon_biggrin.gif

Joe Myers