month I would like to discuss communication with clients
and others at the inspection.
never forget business cards and brochures (optional). Be
sure to give everyone at the site your card when introducing
yourself. This seems to be a common ritual at
the beginning of every inspection.
that many persons have not experienced an inspection before.
I like to explain the process and how I will proceed, i.e.,
begin outside, then inside, etc. This way everyone is comfortable
and knows what to expect. I also indicate my estimated amount
of time at the site so persons can plan accordingly. Sellers
can be much more forthcoming when you are a confident professional
and tell them what to expect.
asked do you want the seller at the house by
an agent I indicate the seller at the house is best for
me. I like to have the seller available to answer questions
about aspects of the property that would not be knowable
without living at the property for some time. I find it
beneficial to ask these questions with as many witnesses
as possible. An example would be a water stain under a bathroom.
If not wet when you are there, and operating the fixtures
does not create a leak, it would be difficult to determine
the cause, and if repaired. When the seller is present I
ask them about the cause of the stain, and if the leak was
successfully repaired. Sometimes the cause can be as simple
as the kids overflowed the tub many years ago and
I never got around to fixing the stain. Still a reasonable
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