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Old 2/13/06, 4:50 AM
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All I can say is the last English challenged people that I worked for wanted me to walk the roof in a rain storm, without exception. I had him sign a waiver and back to the office I went! BTW they were from China.
All I could think of was that Bud Lite commercial saying "Again"!
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Old 2/13/06, 5:49 AM
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I have a question. Is it alright to give the client or realtor a reminder at the time you book the inspection, that they need to have the utilities operational or you will not be able to inspect those areas of the house?
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Old 2/13/06, 6:41 AM
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I have a question. Is it alright to give the client or Realtor a reminder at the time you book the inspection, that they need to have the utilities operational or you will not be able to inspect those areas of the house?
Wendy,

It can't hurt. The more information you supply your client, the less confusion they'll be on the day of the inspection.

Whenever I'm finalizing a booking over the phone, In my closing words, I always state to my client, "Please be sure to contact your Realtor and advise him/her of the date of your home inspection, so they can contact the listing broker in order to access the home at that time". I don't mention utilities because I hardly ever run into that problem of not being operational.

In my area, the listing broker must be on site on the day of the home inspection. Once any listing Realtor is advised of a home inspection date, it's common sense that they make sure that the utilities be "On". But, there have been a few times where the water, electricity and gas were not "On" and I simply tell the Realtor "what were you thinking"? I then disclaim all utilities that can not be inspected.

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Old 2/13/06, 7:08 AM
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Thanks David. Great advice!
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Old 2/13/06, 9:47 AM
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We send this out, but it still does'nt work all the time..
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Inspection Agreement
Thank you for requesting Pride Property Inspections.

We have scheduled a specific date and time for your inspection.
Clients will need to sign the contract.
The payment is due at time of inspection.
Please call to reschedule, prior to 24 hours,
To avoid cancellation fees.
Ways to Assure a Prompt and Thorough Inspection

1. All utilities including gas, electricity, and water should be on.
2. All shut-off valves for major appliances and components should be in the open position with pilots on.
3. Make sure all circuit breakers are on for all circuits in use.
4. Replace burned out light bulbs to ensure fixtures are functioning.
5. Have excess storage and furnishings moved away from walls, attic openings and foundation to provide access.
6. Replace dead batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
7. Ensure pets are secured or removed at time of inspection and remove animal waste.
8. Disable any security alarms or notify alarm companies of date and time of inspection.
9. Trim any vegetation away from roof and house to allow access.
10. Make sure all locks are unlocked from gates, doors, & electric panels.
11. Empty washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven, sinks, and tubs for testing.



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Old 2/13/06, 9:56 AM
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I also don't take the blame when the utilities are not on. If you don't say anything to your client, they think it's your fault. I explain to them that the selling Realtor should have had this all ready and in the past when this has heppened the reinspect fee is paid by the seller or sellers Realtor.




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