Originally Posted By: jeubank
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Since all of the replies so far are saying that they charge for re-inspections, I guess I have to jump in and be contrary. My prices are higher than the competition’s, and one of the reasons is that a re-inspection is included in the price. I only tell them that one time, since I don’t really want to insist on their having a re-inspection. And it is also mentioned in the agreement (contract).
I tell people that I will return within 60 days, for the original client only. They have to give me a specific list, taken from items that were concerns on my report. I won't re-inspect the whole house again. Counties outside my local service area do pay a mileage fee.
My re-inspection comments are added to the online report, and I keep them very simple. Just a sentence statement about the current condition. No comments on workmanship, etc.
Buyers seem to view this as a good selling point to use my services. About 10% of clients actually have a re-inspection. During 2005 I can think of two instances where it was inconvenient for me, in the sense of being out of the way and taking a couple of hours time. All the other re-inspections were done on my way to somewhere else, in half an hour or less. I tend to schedule the re-inspections more at my convenience, not in such a hurry.
Some of the realtors seem to like this benefit of using my services. It gives the impression that I'm not going to tear a house apart (verbally) and then disappear. I'll be there to describe the repaired condition, if needed.
Oh, and speaking of doctors, all the doctors I've had don't charge for a follow-up visit, if it's just checking on the same situation within a short period of time. That probably varies from place to place, doctor to doctor, just like inspectors...