It appears to be assumed that a home inspector will turn the water and the power on at the mains in a home when these are turned off. Having been in this game for a long time. I have had a two year old electrocuted during an inspection, had an electrical panel explode in my face, heard the sound of arc’s and watched sparks fly and smoke rise from electrical systems. I have called the power company and had power turned off and meters removed. I have discovered gas leaks. I have witnessed tens of thousands of dollars in water damage, which happened before, during and after home inspections. Who is the first liable party when the water, power and gas was off on arrival? It is the fool who turned it on. It was safe before you made the choice to touch it. Do you want to shoulder the liability for serious injury to a person or major damage to the home? Not a problem, touch it. As for me, I choose to keep my hands in my pockets and let the sellers camp shoulder that responsibility, hopefully as part of an insurance policy. What about turning these off when you are done? Similar issues, suppose you forgot or failed to do it correctly and the pipes freeze and rupture flooding the home for days after, or an electrical fire starts from a hidden short. I have had these happen. Luckily, I was not the one who touched it and don’t choose to be in the future. It’s similar to Russian Roulette. Why not remove all but one bullet from the chamber of a gun, point it at your head and pull the trigger a couple of times. Leave the liability where it belongs in the seller’s camp. When you are on the buyer’s side of a transaction don’t touch water, gas or power mains before, during or after the home inspection! Why do I say NO? It is very simple - LIABILITY.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I was asked to look at a large church 11 year old roof which the church has been advised, by a roofing contractor, needs to be replaced. I walked the roof. It appears to be a 25 to 30 year rated architectural shingle in good condition. Church was about to approve a $30,000 expenditure for replacement of a perfectly good roof with possibly 20 years of remaining life. How much do you think I should charge a church for saving them $30,000?
How I roll: This was a request from a Realtor (committee member) for a quote to check this out. I suspected that the church was about to be ripped off, based on the information provided. I think the Realtor suspected the same but we didn't talk about that. I said up front that there would be no charge. I walked the roof about noon and I was treated to a delicious cedar cheeseburger with fries. Based on drive time (this was not local), time on site and time writing a letter to the church my standard fee would have been $350.00. Trust me, I got more than that from the pleasure of stopping another unscrupulous contractor. The two magic words are "Realtor" and "Church" however I have done the same for individuals if I thought up front, or after arrival, that they were being ripped off. These scenarios make my blood boil. Best $30,000 cheeseburger I ever ate.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Comment left on my Yelp Account:
"We had Chris inspect our house last month and we couldn't have been happier. He was extremely thorough and took the time to make sure I understood everything I needed to know about the house. The inspection report that we received is also extremely well done Many pictures and graphs that make everything very easy to understand. I will definitely recommend him to anyone I know that needs a home inspection.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Comment left in on a Mover Thank You guest book "Chris Hilton not only performed a thorough inspection of the home my family is buying but was consistently available to me by phone or email with many follow-up questions I had. I definitely recommend him."
Review left on my Yelp account by a home inspection client who was a former Realtor:
"Very, very thorough inspection. Great inspection process!
I have been through many inspections on my own homes as well as having been a realtor and he didn't exaggerate minor items like many home inspectors do which actually needlessly scare buyers. He merely pointed out good and bad and described what would need to be done to correct.
Really recommend his service!"
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Recently with a young veteran and his newly wed bride, these first time home buyers found themselves in a closing fraught with challenges. They loved the home, so Chris "rolled up his sleeves" and helped tremendously with their VA appraisal challenges. I can't say enough on behalf of that couple who now love Chris, myself for recommending him and of course, their new home.
Chris D. Hilton, NC, did an incredible through job on our inspection and saved us a lot of headaches up front with our new place! Highly recommend him!
Chris Hilton was super inspector! Very through!! Thank You!
Chris Hilton was on time, quick with his write-up, and very, very thorough with the inspection of our new home. He took time to explain his findings, expressing which concerns were of safety issues, which were simply code changes. I would certainly use his services again.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
- Can you send me a resume of your experience and background? My Response
- What happens if I am not satisfied with your performance? Do I get my money back? Will you pay for someone else to do a second inspection? My Response
- Do you offer a warranty on issues which may be an issue when I move in the home? My Response
- Do you check for recalls on appliances and equipment? My Response
- Do you offer a free one year subscription ($199 value) to the Home Owners Network? My Response
- Do you offer deals on alarm system monitoring? My Response
- Do you work on weekends, early mornings and late evenings? My Response
- Can I book the inspection 24/7 online? My Response
- How long is your average report? I have heard there is an inspector who's average report with photos is over 40 pages long. What could be in his report missing from yours? My Response - No need to respond, it's a fact!
- Last, but not least. Do you offer a Monster Free Guarantee? My Response
If you find an inspector who is able to give positive responses to these questions then you should consider them for your inspection. If not, then you might consider a little more investigation beginning with details on this blog (at the links above) from a home inspector who is able to give positive responses.
Are you a Realtor? Might want to ask additional questions:
Yes, home inspectors may look and act similar but there may be a drastic difference in the experience they deliver. Don't be short changed on your experience.
Changing the home inspection landscape in the Triad
One Inspection at a Time
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Suppose I could consult with a seller on the condition of their home for FREE? Would that be something a seller and their agent might have interest in? I would think so. Well, I have done better than FREE.
Check this out!
Suppose an experienced professional home inspector could consult with the seller of a home to educate them on the condition of their home and how its condition might affect marketing of the property. How about what might happen when the buyer has it inspected.
Suppose the price could be reasonable.
Suppose the seller could get more than the cost back in savings on their repairs or on the home inspection on the home they are purchasing.
NOW THAT CAN HAPPEN!
As a seller you may not understand how very important a pre-listing inspection and repairs and/or improvements may be for marketing your home in the shortest time at the best price. You may not understand what will occur when the buyer hires a home inspector to check out your home.
The problem is it is very difficult to overcome the hurdle of the cost of the inspection and repairs or improvements. For years I have been trying to come up with an alternative for an expensive pre-listing home inspection for those who simply can't comprehend the value of a pre-listing home inspection or are unwilling to pay the price.
Now I am offering "Listing Consultations". These are not home inspections! What I do is spend an hour with the homeowner/seller and conduct what I call a walk and talk. There will be NO REPORT associated with this service and it is the clients responsibility to make notes as we walk through their home. There will be a contract required making it very clear that this is not a home inspection. The goal is to educate the client about issues which may be addressed when the potential buyer has a home inspection on this home. I will also make recommendations that may make the home more presentable and competitive in the marketplace.
The cost of this service is $175.00 payable at the time of the consultation. Where does the "better than FREE" part come in?
As part of this service the client will have access to a 10% coupon from Lowe's Home Improvements for up to a total of $500.00 in potential savings as well as savings from additional vendors, arranged by Lowe's, for over $1500.00 in additional potential savings. The client will then be eligible to receive a 20% discount should they decided to conduct a pre-listing inspection on the home they are selling and a 20% discount on a pre-purchase inspection on the home they are purchasing. In essence, I am now able to offer this service in a way the client can potentially save much more than they pay. Is that not better than offering the service for FREE? You be the judge!
E-mail me the name, address, phone number and e-mail address for the party interested in this service to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make contact or call me at (336) 816-7756 and leave a message.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Icing on your cake!
- First, I have set out to limit your risk by offering a 200% satisfaction guarantee. Learn the details by clicking here.
- With every inspection you will receive RecallChek. You could have a recalled appliance repaired or completely replaced. Who knows what that could be worth? Learn the details by clicking here.
- With every inspection you will receive at 90-Day Limited Warranty. What is the value? Who knows, depends on if you need it or not. I hope you never need it, but it is available if you do. Learn the details by clicking here.
- With every inspection you will receive a one year subscription to the Home Owners Network a $199.00 valve. Learn the details by clicking here.
- With every inspection you will receive a life time membership to Home Binder. Learn the details by clicking here.
- Security system installed for as low as zero dollars with monitoring as low as $35.99 per month. Learn the details by clicking here.
- Discounts on Waterproofing, Structural Repairs, Radon Mitigation, Crawl Space Repairs and more. Learn the details by clicking here.
- Monster Free Guarantee for your kids. Learn the details by clicking here.
There may be more to come as I continue working on additional arrangements.
I don't endorse vendors.
I do make my clients aware of vendors who offer special deals.
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- Structural Repairs
- Radon Mitigation
- Crawl Space Repairs
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Friday, June 21, 2013
We offer our agents FREE email marketing for life.
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RecallChek is the first service for consumer recalls in the U.S. and has compiled over 205 million recalls from public records, to create a fail-safe system to check for dangerous flaws with home appliances.
If a manufacture designs a dangerous product, they MUST recall that item and fix it free of charge! RecallChek will provide the information to promptly resolve recall issues.
Included as a lifetime service with your clients purchase of RecallChek (or provided free on inspections done by your inspection company) is our monthly newsletter, RecallTrack. This newsletter notifies the homeowner of any new recalls on their appliances, and offers our helpful Monthly Maintenance Minute updates.
How RecallTrak works:
- As the buyer or sellers real estate agent you register for RecallTrak through the email you receive for the RecallChek with that inspection (or click on the link at the bottom of this page to register now).
- You just add your contact information and upload a logo or photo of yourself, it's that easy.
- As a RecallTrak Registered Agent, you have the option to customize the newsletter that is already going to your past clients, in a Constant Contact style marketing email, and manage your contacts in your account.
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How to use your 90 Day Warranty:
- Your 90 Day Limited Mechanical and Structural warranty comes with your home inspection. This warranty is valid 90 Days from the date of inspection or 22 days after closing whichever comes later. You will always have at least 22 days worth of coverage.
- This warranty covers repairs to items the Home Inspector has found to be in good working condition at the time of the inspection and are specifically listed in our warranty.
- You will never have a deductible to pay.
- Claims will be handled within 72 hours of complete submission.
- This warranty may work in conjunction with an exiting warranty.
Representatives are available Monday-Friday 8am-5:30pm EST to help answer questions about your warranty. Please call 800-544-8156
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We have a long term commitment to your peace of mind. Just because the inspection is complete, doesn't mean we stop fulfilling that promise!
Your 90 - Day Home Warranty, with a zero dollar deductible, means if something we inspected stops working or breaks shortly after you move in, you are covered.
Your RecallChek: Recall protection for life program, will notify you if any of your appliances ever become recalled due to fire or safety hazard. If you make a new purchase, you can also update these appliances at any time.
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We are committed to raising the standards of home inspections. That's why we offer FREE RecallCheks for your home appliances with every inspection we do.
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If a manufacturer designs a dangerous product,
they MUST recall that item and
fix it free of charge!
they MUST recall that item and
fix it free of charge!
RecallChek is the first service for consumer recalls in the United States and has compiled over 205 million recalls from public records to create a fail-safe system to check for dangerous flaws with home appliances.
RecallChek will provide the information to resolve any potential recall issues promptly.
How it works:
- Your home inspector records the model numbers of your built-in appliances and HVAC systems.
- The Model Number Algorithm (MNA) matches your appliances against the RecallChek database of recalled items.
- RecallChek issues a report, separate from the home inspection report. This report is emailed directly to you 3 days following the inspection.
- This service is intended to provide homeowners with valuable information on how to receive FREE repairs from manufacturers in the event a recalled appliance is found. This service is not meant to be used in the inspection response process.
Recalled appliances are found in one in every ten homes.
By submitting the make and model numbers from your home's appliances, furnaces, air conditioners, and water heaters - you are ensuring that you not only get the free repairs that are owed to you now, but that you are also informed immediately if any of your home's appliances are affected by a recall in the future.
If you don't receive your report or if you have any questions please call 1-800-544-8156 or email us at email@example.com
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Friday, January 11, 2013
The winner of our $1,000.00 cash drawing
December 31, 2012
Allen Tate Realtors of Winston-Salem
I happened to have an inspection with Lindsay and surprised her with an envelope filled with ten $100.00 bills. Here is Lindsay opening the envelope. I believe she looks happy. What do you think?