I did a WALK inspection for a flipping Client back in October. After the WALK inspection he was so impressed with my knowledge that he sat me down, picked my brains about flipping (that’s what I used to do in a previous life), and paid me my going rate for “flipping consultation” ($250 an hour). We spent 1½ hours at On The Border drinking margaritas and eating jalapeno nachos (my type of Client), and he handed me a check for $300 and paid the bill and left the tip.
He closed escrow on November 14.
I’ve been by the place four times since then to see what he’s doing. It’s so gratifying to see that my WALK inspection was dead on, that he followed my recommendations, that he didn’t find any surprises (I was 99% certain he wouldn’t based on my WALK inspection), and that he has implemented many, many of my property flipping ideas.
I went over there with Jim, my Domestic Partner and a Realtor with Century 21 Award, this past Thursday for an update. I created a bunch of marketing materials for Jim to give him. Everything is working out beautifully. When they get to where they are about two weeks from being finished, he’s going to list the property with Jim and let us start doing marketing in preparation for having some special Remodeling Tours. I’m also creating a cool DVD presentation that folks can take with them from the Tour; it touts his new company, Jim’s services as a Realtor, my services as a home inspector, and About Homes. I’ll also do a LIST inspection for him which he can also present to his prospective buyers. And prospective buyers will get a free 30-day subscription to About Homes. He’s quite impressed with my marketing ideas, which I also implement for Jim.
His first WALK inspection was $149 and look what it’s turned into. Probably thousands and thousands of dollars resulting from a great partnership for the three of us.
In all that you do, think
[marketing, marketing, marketing](http://www.abouthomes.info/files/NACHI/100 Guerrilla Marketing Weapons.doc)
Always strive to be
helpful, helpful, helpful.
Provide your Clients with
choices, choices, choices.
If you do those three things, the financial rewards will come back to you manifold.