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Old 2/7/13, 11:49 PM
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Default Turning down work

Got a call today from a past client who wanted an inspection on a home he was buying. Loved the job I did before, very happy. Everything was great until I asked him to discribe the home. He was buying a log cabin. hardly ever get a call for a log cabin and I have no experience with inspecting log cabins. I have taken some courses on log cabins and know enough to know I don't know enough about log cabins to do a qulaity job inspecting them. I told him this and gave him a # of a competitor (nachi member) who had experience with log cabins. Turning down a $500+ payday was tough and I'm sure I could of done an adaquate job but in this situlation, i feel it was the right thing to do. I do plan on calling my competitor up and asking to tag along on the inspection.


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Old 2/7/13, 11:53 PM
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Default Re: Turning down work

smart move...give him the job once...never twice

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Old 2/7/13, 11:54 PM
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Good on you for protecting your client ahead of any greed for $$$. Karma goes a long way in this biz.

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Old 2/8/13, 8:35 AM
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nicely done.
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Old 2/8/13, 8:39 AM
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Default Re: Turning down work

I agree don't sell something you are not confident in.
Even better idea to call the other guy and ask to tag along.

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Old 2/8/13, 8:58 AM
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Thanks for honest idea! I might need to steal it in the future.

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Old 2/8/13, 9:58 AM
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Smart move

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Old 2/8/13, 11:01 AM
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good way to handle it Dave. Hopefully he lets you accompany him, I would if he flat out gave me the inspection, why not.

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