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Do You Give Estimates?

I ran across this really great post by Keith out in Texas and almost all of the comments did not give out estimates.  So here's another question that goes hand in hand with the post, do you give them several names of contractors who you know do a great job? 

Client: So you say the air conditioning won't turn on. How much will it cost to fix?

Me: I don't know

Client: The shower has very low water flow? How much will it cost to repair that?

Me: I don't know

Client: I noticed that the old wooden windows are in poor condition and most won't open. How much will it cost to upgrade the windows?

Me: I don't know

Client: Why did I hire you?

Me: To inspect the house ma'am

 

Of all the hundreds of houses I have inspected, I have had clients ask me many times about repair costs and they are understanding when I tell them that I do not give estimates. But today I had a client that thought I was pretty useless because I refused to give her repair costs of some of the defects. In a professional and calm manner, I tried to make her understand that since I don't troubleshoot defective items, and not knowing exactly what is wrong, I would not have any idea what it would cost to repair and I don't keep up with contractor labor rates and material costs. Besides, I would never want to get that phone call from a mad client that got the estimate from the contractor after I gave them a much lower number.

Do any of you give repair estimates to your clients? I keep thinking I have heard of some states that want inspectors to give repair estimate costs.

Kent Keith

Fort Worth / Dallas Home Inspector

www.fortworthinspector.com

 

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