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Dear Robert

Are you a good "pre-inspector"? Can you take your listing client around the house and point out issues that they may not see? That is a key value that you add to your relationship, and we want to help you be the best "pre-inspector" you can be. Enjoy this issue of NBI's newsletter. Let us know if you find it useful!


In This Issue

Pre-inspection adds value

Spot the problem!

Homeowners too close to their property

The NBI All-in-One Inspection Package


Train yourself to be a good "pre-inspector"

Realtor with clientReal estate agents buy and sell homes, so it pays to know all you can about the property flaws that could endanger a deal. Yet, agents confess to us how little they know about the physical product they sell (the house). To help you be the best at what you do, in every NBI newsletter you will find a useful tip or two to help build your knowledge base. This information is not to make you a home or termite inspector. It is to increase your core knowledge to make you even more valuable to your client by helping them properly "pre-inspect" the house before listing it or while taking a buyer to see it.


Spot the Problem!

Are there any issues that you can spot with this circuit board? Circuit Board Problem


To find the answer, check at the bottom of the e-mail in the right-side column.



Should a seller get a property inspection before listing?

Homeowner doing repairsHomeowners don't have a "jaundiced eye." You need to help them see their home objectively, from the perspective of the potential buyer. Flaws that the owner tolerated or "lived with" can reduce the property's desirability, and need to be addressed before the selling process begins. Home sellers, however, do not usually get professional inspection help to find potential problems (85% of the home inspections we do are for buyers), so you must gear yourself up to help them inspect the place objectively themselves.


"Homes aren't cared for all that well even when they are lived in," notes real estate columnist Lew Sichelman. "When it comes to regular maintenance, owners tend to be lax about changing the filters in their furnaces and air conditioners, fixing leaky faucets and repairing balky doors and windows."

Read more of his column about the value of inspections here.

All these flaws make the house 'show' worse than it should. Be the best possible resource you can be to your selling client by helping them face the issues the property presents.


The NBI All-in-One Inspection Package

Why hire two or more inspectors to handle the home and pest inspections? We are seasoned pros at doing both! Plus, our package price will save your client money. Without sacrificing any quality.


PLUS, We are the only known pest inspection company in Northern California that does not perform corrective work on properties we inspect, which means you are GUARANTEED our complete impartiality when doing a home and pest inspection.

One visit, one price, both reports done simultaneously.

Thank you for taking the time to read through our monthly newsletter. We hope you found it useful. If not, let us know! We look forward to your feedback. E-mail comments to answerman@teamnbi.com.

Keep us on your list. We stand ready to make you look good and get that deal closed!




Robert Swickard, President

Invite us to your office to train you on "pre-inspection" techniques!

We are always happy to visit your office and give a short training session on basic inspection techniques that you can use to "pre-inspect" a property.
Call us to schedule a time. We look forward to it!

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Answer to "Spot the Problem"

Here is what is wrong with this circuit breaker:

There is a 40 amp 240 volt double polebreaker labeled as "dryer" and most standard dryers require a 30 amp 240 volt double polebreaker.  Each breaker amperage needs a specific size wire and is for specific applications and appliances throughout a home.  Damage to equipment and/or electrical fires can occur if breakers, wire sizes, and equipment are not properly installed to building standards and manufacturer specifications.


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