I got a call today for a roof inspection only (just roof).
She is looking for an official report. First of all, I want to send her an agreement form. Is there an agreement form just for roof inspections? I only have the regular home inspection agreement one. How do I create a roof inspection agreement form?
Also, she wants a report with photos. Should I use my regular reporting software and just use the roof section and delete all the other sections? Just wondering if anyone else has done this.
We are all just humans. Politely ask her what prompted her to get a roof inspection to see if it’s something you can help her with. She may need an invasive inspection. Then you will know how to proceed.
I did ask her when she called and she said that she noted that there were some gaps and that she wanted someone to go up and take a thorough look at it.
She was very specific with wanting an official report with photos.
By the way, its a metal roof that she has and I have not done too many of those.
Noticed gaps is just a “concern”. The question is… is this a new roof, new house, is she selling, what is she planning to do with the report? What is the report for, is she making a claim? 11th month warranty? what is it? (doesn’t sound like you know)
If you don’t know metal roofs, why are you asking about an agreement here? I’m confused lol
I do these weekly here in Fl. The insurance requires it if the roof is a certain age to ensure it has at least 3 years remaining of useful life. Here is the Form I use and I attach pictures after filling it out.
I tried to find your location, even so far as going to your website, and NOWHERE is your location given! I actually had to look at your SAMPLE REPORT to see that you operate in Canada!!
IMO, that is a critical flaw in your Marketing! NEVER assume that someone who is looking at your website, or searching for an inspector is local to you. Many of my clients are relocating from other states or countries, and your phone number area code means nothing to them!
In general, I always drill deep into the purpose of these types of requests. Often I learn that the caller will be better served by a specialist.
Last year, a guy insisted that I was the right guy to verify the anchorage for his mobile home for his re-fi despite my telling him repeatedly that I didn’t think so. So, I did the inspection. A few days later, he called complaining that he had wasted his money on me, because his mortgage company wanted a PE to do the assessment. When I reminded him that I had told him to confirm with mortgage company before I came out, he apologized for venting over his own stupidity.
Nothing unusual. I do up to 10 roof inspections yearly.
Call the client back to ask what this pertains too. Sometimes the insurer wants a professional report. Sometimes the homeowner has weather intrusion and selects the roof as the culprit, but you must find out more to help the/a prospective client. Sometimes it is not just the roof that requires inspecting.
If you do not have the specific skills to do that style of roof, explain your credentials and say think you. Personally, I do not refer.
Be careful. I remember years ago I got a call from a guy for a roof inspection. He said he needed it for the town, and that the roof was brand new. Oh, and he wasn’t going to be there, and he needed it tomorrow. A little red flag went up when I heard that. I got down there and the roof was a horror show. Really poor quality work. Plus there was a for sale sign up. I quickly realized the guy was likely the seller, and a buyer’s inspection report had probably called out the roof in the report. There was no way I could recommend anything other than a re-doing the roof. So I called him before I pulled the ladder off the truck, told him what I found just walking around the house, and asked him if he still wanted me to inspect it and do the report. He cursed and hung up on me.
Good advice. It can be simpler and safer just to ask for a factual explanation and give a straightforward answer than to work from assumptions and surround a situation. In court, they just want to find out the facts.
Find out what she needs and why and then tell her what you can do for her.