Referrals and Fees

Yes, I would love your referrals and yes I do pay a referral fee on referrals when such fees are allowed by the state authority regulating home inspections. It is even possible for you to receive a fee without even submitting a referral by sharing discount coupons as addressed below.

What this page is all about: Almost all of my business comes from referrals of one kind or another. Someone who is aware of my services shares that awareness with someone in need of my services who ultimately checks me out and books, or requests that their agent book a home inspection. The referring party may be a real estate agent, banker, former client, family or acquaintance of a former client. The possibilities go on and on. Anyone who is aware may make someone else aware of my services.

The information on this page goes a step farther allowing you to make me aware of someone in need of my services so I may contact them or allowing you to share a discount coupon with someone in need of my services. Should you care to share, in some instances, I may be able to reward you with a $20.00 referral fee for sharing and in some instances, due to state law, I cannot.

Who may participate in these referrals? Any person who is breathing, without exception, subject to the conditions clearly stated below. (Please take note that there are legal restrictions on who may be paid a fee for a referral!)

Who I will not pay a referral fee: I will not, and can not, pay a referral fee to anyone who is involved in the transaction they are referring. Such payment is disallowed by the North Carolina Home Inspection Licensure Board Administrative Code 11.8.1116 Code of ethics (e): "No licensee shall accept or offer commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from other parties dealing with the client in connection with work for which the licensee is responsible.

Therefore, if you are one of the "other parties dealing with the client" I may be conducting an inspection for, although I would love your referral relative to their transaction, I will not and cannot pay you a referral fee. If you are the buyer or sellers agent, lender or closing attorney, to mention obvious possibilities of which there may be others, please consider participating in the methods below but do not expect anything in return. It is not allowed by state law. Please note that just because you may not qualify under state law to receive a fee does not indicate that I am any less appreciative of your referrals.

Who I will pay a referral fee: If you are not one of the "other parties dealing with the client" as part of their transaction I take great pleasure in being able to offer you a referral fee of $20.00 on any referral you may offer based on the methods addressed below. Note that the fee will be paid to the first person submitting a referral within one week of the client paying for their inspection.

About Payment: Note that some inspection payments are made at the inspection while others may be made at closing. If a registered discount coupon is used (see below for details) when an earlier referral has been submitted the referral payment will be made to the person who made the referral not the person to whom the discount coupon is registered. If more than one referral is submitted for the same potential client the referral fee will be paid to the person submitting the referral first.

How to properly submit a referral:

Referrals are only accepted by e-mail to my address and must be submitted prior to the inspection being booked or me receiving any correspondence from the potential client.

The following information is required to be included as part of the e-mail in order to qualify:
  1. The name of the potential client.
  2. An e-mail address for the potential client.
  3. Your e-mail address.
  4. Your mailing address.
  5. Your phone number. 
  6. Please state if you have any relationship to the transaction in question. 
The following is appreciated but not required:
  1. The mailing address of the potential client.
  2. A phone number for the potential client. 
  3. The address for the property in question being sold or purchased.
On receipt of the referral you will be registered as the referring party and anyone referring that same person after you will be disallowed.

How to receive a referral payment without needing to submit a referral:

If you care to register and participate I e-mail registered participants a printable/e-mailable digital file of four 20% off discount coupons with their registration number on each one. The participant may share these registered discount coupons with whomever they desire. When that coupon comes back to me at an inspection the client receives a 20% discount on their home inspection (radon tests not included) and the registered participant receives a $20.00 referral fee within one week of payment being received from the client. Note that if you are a real estate agent or someone involved in the transaction the discount coupon is still honored but I am not allowed, by state law, to pay you for the referral. Note the issues with state regulations addressed higher on this page.

How to register to participate and receive your discount coupons: You may request to be registered to become part of this program and receive your discount coupon file by simple sending an e-mail to me at requesting to participate.

The following information must be included as part of the e-mail request:
  1. Your name
  2. Your e-mail address
  3. Your mailing address
  4. Your phone number
  5. What you do for a living (so I can determine if there may be a potential for conflict with state laws)
Examples of how you might distribute these coupons:
  •  Share with friends, neighbors, business associates, family members or anyone you may understand to possibly be considering purchasing a home or selling the home they own. Yes, this includes listing inspections when selling a home. 
  • If you are in the real estate or a related industry feel free to share these coupons with the clear understanding that I will check and that the referral fee is not offered and will not be paid if you are found to be a party to the transaction related to the referral. Yes, you can share these with other agents or business associates who may be party to a transaction and you will receive the referral fee as agreed. If one of your clients submits a coupon registered to you or you are the listing agent on the home and the buyer submits one of your coupons the coupon will be honored but the fee will not be paid.
If you have any questions concerning these offers please contact me by e-mail at or by phone at (336) 816-7756.

LEGAL NOTICE: Chris D. Hilton reserves the right to change or discontinue any or all of the offers listed above at any time without notice. None of these offers should be considered as an inducement for you to select me as THE home inspector for your client or book any of my services for your clients. Your clients should choose their home inspector.  None of the wording of this marketing/promotional material should be construed as an indirect offer of allowances to “other parties dealing with the client in connection with work for which the licensee is responsible” which is prohibited by North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board Rule 11 NCAC 08.1116(e). If you are a real estate agent please allow your client to freely choose their home inspector.