When they call, we let them know there is a service charge, for any professional estimate, about 20% of the callers hang up, but the larger percent are willing to pay, after all, there home inspector charges, and so does every other business.
#158472 - 06/10/0611:30 AMRe: The Real Estate Transaction
Fact is, I'm tired of wasting my time with folks who have no intention of ever getting something done, and just want to play games.
It's one thing when a homeowner want an idea of how much it will cost to run power to the hot-tub he's planning to get; it's something completely different when Joe Realtor just wants to dicker over the price! Realtors, and everyone else involved in the transaction, are famous for never getting a single thing done. These days, everyone thinks they're Donald Trump!
#158474 - 06/10/0607:35 PMRe: The Real Estate Transaction
For Home Inspections we quit giving written estimates, free or charge. The only thing we will do is let them fax a list and give them a verbal guestimate. I got tired of having the same real estate agents call for estimates and never do the work. Some get quite mad and swear they are going do the work, but they NEVER do.
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#158476 - 07/03/0609:08 PMRe: The Real Estate Transaction
Had a job just like you're speaking of a while back. Realtor called me, wanted me to look at a house on the lake, and tell them what it would take to bring it up to code. The wiring in the whole house and out buildings were "butchered" by the obvious "do it yourselfer". I spent probably 4 hours or more making notes to correct the "horrendous" mess that it was in. It should have been a luxury home, but was turned into a nightmare. Gave the estimated price. Never heard from them again. Wasted time. I've learned better now.
[This message has been edited by sparkync (edited 07-03-2006).]