Social distancing may last much longer than we imagined, and even if stay-at-home orders are gradually lifted, we need to learn how to work and how to operate our businesses from home. By making good use of the internet, including social media platforms like LinkedIn we can not only survive this crisis, but also set ourselves up for success in the future.
More reasons to look at pre-list home inspections:
Pointing a finger at the house or the home inspector is a typical reaction to a buyer walking away after the inspection, but let’s look at the bigger picture. Deals can go south for a lot of reasons, including financing, conditional sales, buyer remorse – you name it.
The current situation is severely curbing our everyday marketing, sales and processing of real estate transactions. Buyers, sellers, lenders and everyone in the real estate community is affected.
Fortunately, we have electronic solutions which facilitate a safer environment for everyone involved. The internet is in fact, tailor-made for the pandemic world we’re in right now.
Beyond the obvious need for sanitary practices, the biggest change is limiting the number of attendees at the home inspection. It is more a question of "should I" rather than "can I attend the home inspection."
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, protocols are changing daily.
Cost-conscious consumers sometimes find out too late that trying to save money on an inspection can result in an inadequate report. More often homebuyers find that the advertised fees for home inspections don’t always include things like basement apartments and woodstoves.
In response to a flood of inquiries about getting into the home inspection business, we offer the following notes on becoming a Professional Home Inspector, which we hope are helpful in evaluation of this profession as a career objective.
Q: What’s the big hoopla about PEX plumbing?
A: In most cases, it’s much ado about nothing.
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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.