I have had a number of inspections (seems like the market, or at least the volume, is turning up) but many where they just want a special consultation (water intrusion, mold, thermal) either stand alone or as an augment to a regular inspection already done by someone else.
Lot of lawyers wanting the inspections, either for litigation or they being buyers with special concerns.
The keep telling me that they want a “walk-and-talk” inspection with no report (less fee), then they change their minds and want full plown reports with pictures and all. For instance, I called out a non-compliant deck, but the agent wanted me to put the pictures and added detail verbiage in the summary portion of the report. I explained to him that the summary portion was just that, a summary. I explained that the only reason that there is a summary section in the report is that agents and lawyers don’t want to spend their time actually reading the whole report. (Gee, they get paid the big bucks, but want us to make their job easier. What a concept!).
I had three clients, all lawyers, who wanted the less expensive walk-and-talk, didn’t have their check books and said they would pay when they received an invoce. So I e-mailed them and invoice, then they got all upset about the fee and wanted a report. I told them all that they were skippers and wished them well and told them I would report them to the “who doesn’t pay” web site as dead beats. Two of them sent threatening e-mails, but they all sent their checks.
So, it seems like with the increased volume, we also have an increase in the number of people who refuse to have a clue.