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Sellers – No, I don’t wear a suit and tie. I come prepared to work and get my hands dirty if necessary, and besides, they’re not comfortable, and a trip to the dry cleaners will never make it to my favorite activities list. If we need to check something out, it’s not uncommon to find me, with flashlight in hand, entering your crawl space or heading up into the attic where the “dressed to kill” look just doesn’t work. I like to check out as much as I can possibly discover, so as to try and minimize surprises for my clients along the way.
As a contractor also, I always have my tool box with me for small incidentals (i.e. loose door knobs and hinges, doors and cabinets latching securely, minor adjustments or securing something that isn’t, as well as carrying light bulbs, screws, nails, fasteners, etc). You, I, or both, can remedy a lot of small things quickly. If more significant work is needed, then I can advise you as to the specific type of contractor to research and enlist for any needed repairs that are most likely to be requested, or if you desire, I can provide you names from my contact list. Officially, you are welcome to them, however, I am not making a recommendation for any of their services. Let’s just say that the reason they are still in my “rolodex” is because, I have not received any negative feedback from my clients who have used their services, and, they haven’t professionally and/or personally given me a reason to remove them from my list. The choice is solely yours.
Not only will I be there for scheduled inspections, but as a licensed contractor, I like doing “double duty” if you desire, by showing up as a second pair of eyes for any necessary repairs to be performed. This casual monitoring has a tendency to instill a subtle sense of scrutiny so everyone puts their “best foot forward” in their workmanship, as well as minimizing any attempts at shortcuts. I never tell them how to do their job, but I will ask for the reasoning behind, or an explanation of anything that appears to be out of the norm, and then relay those concerns immediately to you for your thoughts.
Buyers – I repeat, I don’t wear a suit and tie. We are on an exploration, sort of an archaeological mission to discover as best we can, how well a home has or hasn’t been maintained, inside and out.
If I see something questionable or suspicious, I am going to advise you (us) to question and make inquiries to the seller for response, as well as make that list of concerns available for whatever home inspections you choose to be made (there are many types of inspections that are “field of expertise” specific). As I do for sellers, I will also be there for all buyer scheduled inspections, and with the consent of the seller, if you choose, I will also do “double duty” by being a second pair of eyes if you would like me to monitor any agreed upon work or repairs while it is being performed and provide you an opinion. Obviously, I will be with you on a final walk through inspection prior to settlement.
My philosophy drives my plan and format which is,
1) – for sellers to have as many of your documents ready as found under “Sellers Tips” when we start the clock at the signing of the listing agreement, or as buyers, to have your preapproval letter in hand as found under “Buyers Tips” when we start the clock upon signing the buyers representation agreement,
2) – sellers, be aware in advance of the items you think would more than likely be requested for repair and then, be prepared to act immediately if you have agreed upon those, or have repairs done in advance if you know definitively it is necessary to be done, or as buyers, after selecting a home, immediately deciding what types of inspections you want and to get them scheduled ASAP,
3) – do not put off doing something until tomorrow that possibly can be accomplished today just because it’s 5PM when you can call me at (443) 640-5570 up until 8PM to see if it can still be done or if we can at least put it into motion for action first thing the next morning,
4) – communicate immediately each and every time something is completed on the check list, yours or mine.