Real Estate Newsletter
Remember that NBI does both home and termite inspections
simultaneously, which saves your client time and money. This issue we
examine what a "termite inspection" really is, so that you
can prepare your clients for what to expect. Finally, don't miss the coupon at
the bottom for a free termite inspection on your next
home inspection order!
does your client really get
in a "termite report"?
Light-Brown Termite Tubes indicate infestation
real estate agent knows a "termite report" is often
required before you can close a sale. Some may also refer to it as
the "Pest Inspection." Even California's Structural Pest
Control Board uses the term "Pest Inspection." Few agents have ever
ordered these reports by their real name: "Wood
Destroying Pests and Organisms Inspection Report."
a mouthful, so everyone uses the termite or pest shorthand. However,
it can be confusing for homeowners and buyers. They don't always
understand that the inspection does not "look for bugs."
It looks for evidence of insects that eat or destroying wood
and assesses the condition of the house's wood structure. In fact,
there are typically only two types of insects we look for signs of:
because they eat wood
we also find evidence of carpenter ants and carpenter bees that also
like to destroy wood. That's it. Cockroaches, ants, and spiders are
all pests that make life hard for homeowners, but they do not
threaten the soundness of the structure, and we do not inspect for
them. Nor does the law require it when performing a termite
inspections look for fungus, too.
to add the confusion, a termite inspection also looks for fungus (aka
"dry rot") that is eating away at the basic wood structure.
labels for these inspections can confuse homeowners. Make sure you
prepare them for what is actually going to happen!
information on what a "termite" inspection really inspects,
click here. And
please call us with any questions you or your clients may have.
bathroom floor looks great. What could be wrong with it?
This clean scene masks a problem.
find the answer, check at the bottom of the right-hand column above
Why does NBI
believe in Pre-Listing Inspections?
issue we shared an article by Lew Sichelman
pre-listing inspections paid for by sellers. Some of our regular
realtor partners ribbed us about that, saying
"what a great way to double your business!"
wish it were that easy! The fact is, we are
scrupulous about conflicts of interest, and just as dual-agency among
real estate professionals can create conflict, so can handling the
inspection on both sides of the transaction. If we are hired to inspect
a home for the seller so that problems can be found and addressed
ahead of time, then we see a conflict of interest in returning to do
the second inspection for the buyer. So we won't do
then, do we bother pushing seller inspections? Frankly, they simply make
are the poorest judges of the condition of their homes, because
they have lived with the property's faults for so long, and no
longer notice them, or consider them "insignificant."
thorough, objective home inspection may be the best tool you
have in getting a seller to accept your recommendation on how to
price the home, because it opens the owner's eyes to the faults
that a buyer is going to see and object to.
knowledge is power! The better informed your client is, the
better a negotiating position they have, especially in this era
of mandated full disclosure.
NBI train your office. We can walk your team through the basics of
inspections to make you better advisors to your clients.
remember: You are not a home inspector! You
are simply working to be the best advisor to help the owner get their
property sold at the best possible (realistic) price.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep us on your list. We stand ready to make you look
good and get that deal closed!
Robert Swickard, President
The "Spot the Problem" answer is this way
Answer to "Spot the Problem"
That wonderful bathroom floor is rotting from underneath!
subfloor and framing are completely rotted out from leaking through
the toilet's wax seal. It is only a matter of time before that toilet