Originally Posted By: Douglas Williamson
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Evening all. I have a few questions for you.
In my area there are few home inspectors available. In fact the nearest inspector lives ~ 50 miles away (50 miles in any direction). The inspections for my city are scheduled roughly 2-5 days out before somebody can show up and cost what appears to be on average according to the great members here.
How broad of an area do you normally cover? Given my location (heart of Michigan's upper peninsula) the 50 mile travel time is to be expected, but I'm curious how far most of you travel. Do you have a fuel sur-charge or any type of distance based fee?
Do you do more seller's or buyer's inspections, and do you charge differently for each? I have looked over seller/buyer inspection reports done in this area and the price quoted was 30% difference.
Also the HI's in this area do not use software (that I have seen). I've read from two separate HI's and they use two different book form reports. One is the hreporter book/checklist, the other is the bound AHIT Home Inspection Report - neither HI included much information beyond what could be written in the brief space after the report checklist/summary - is this normal or parochial format for a report?
It seems the reports (judging by the samples I've found through this board) offered from many of you are more "worth the money" than the few statements scribbled on the pre-fab report booklets around here - the reports are informative but still seem to be thin.
Thanks for any replies!
PS: This website has SO much information available. I'm impressed at the interest shown by this Assoc.'s membership!