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  1. I resently used them. They are an SEO / Pay per click website development company. Do not use them. This is an expensive service and results are poor. They will show you similar industry companies they have with call lists of 50 a month and promise you similar results. I have had my website checked out by a few experts and it was set to be a well setup and ran site. 4 months with them 19 calls barely paid for itself. I pretty muched worked for free. Money is better spent with a guy who does SEO is local and will run a blog or facebook page for you. way cheaper and results will be sim
  2. THanks guys.... I actually allways think someone is going to bash me for asking some questions so I'm afraid to see what response I get anyway. But it would be nice to find.
  3. I started a couple of posts and I can't find an easy way to find them. Actually I can't find them at all. I won't be able to find this after I post it so could you PM me the answer...... I feel very retarded.
  4. I have one guy here that used to be A Pro Home inspections. Some how he got out of his franchise and is still able to do home inspections ion the same area. The way I knew it was him was he used to use his infared camera as his marketing" we see more period" with infared images on his cards and website. Suddenly a new company popped up called " Inspector Gadget " with the same we see more tag line. When I called him and asked if he was the same as the A Pro he said "yes, I'm the funny guy tall with salt and pepper hair". I said ok..... Funny looking guy maybe[]. How much do you charge now
  5. I do agree. I am not looking to be gimicky. I unlike a lot of home inspectors around here don't have the time to be passing through offices every few weeks to restock candy jars and give them more note pads. I'm not a stationary store. I can't tell you how many times I've had people or realtors say to me that they lost my number or didn't have the company name right or any cards in the office something to that effect. So they want to use me again they just don't have the contact info handy at the time. I want to give away something that they will want to hang onto that will keep my name
  6. Did the chimney have a rain cap? Was the cap or top of the chimney possibly letting water into the stack? I see this all the time and sometimes when its raining you can see the water running down the chimney into the flue pipe. Because their are no restrictive bends, water can make its way, all the way back into the furnace. Does the water heater flue have and water marks on it? it may not be as bad as the furnace as it should be entering the chimney above the flue of the furnace.
  7. I need some help. I am starting a new marketing/ Branding campain for the new year. Does anyone have a good place to get some marketing materals from and unique suggestions on what to give away to people. I am looking for interesting things that people can actually use and or want to hold on to. I will be marketing to Realtors, Clients Etc..... So far I got Sun glass clip that goes onto your car visor, pens, pads, a screen/ keyboard cleaner for computers and laptops. been thinking about a hand sanitizer. with all the swine flue talk and the news saying you should keep washing your hands I
  8. Crap... sorry for the long post. its cold as hell here so I've been drinking behind the keys at home with too much time on my hands.
  9. In a case like that I usually say sure..... how much was that house? when they answer how many HUNDREDS of thoushands I say well I just saved you That many hundreds of thousands in heart ache. I do this mainly to make the point that I did my job and it was worth it for you to order an inspection. I personally feel that if the buyer comes out of the other side of the inspection well informed and with new insight decides to walk, you did your job and should be paid in full, worth every dime. Should happily pay full price on the next inspection. But in reality it is not always the case. If a
  10. That's hilarious[:-monkeyd.... I could set up a chair and watch people's reaction all day. I live in a ranch so it wouldn't be fun at my house... but its almost worth finding a place to do it.
  11. In all the accounts listed above by you and other members, all seem like valid possiblities. Sometimes I feel like our curiosity gets us to investigate further than we need to. I personally would have used a moisture meter just to see if it was wetter than areas around it. Checked the eave and roof closely in this area, then written up that further investigation is needed. If the sub structure was still wet when they made the repairs, and no one has lived in the home since, I could be condensation from a greenhouse effect of the house being sealed up and is now sweating. The damag
  12. Yeah. I'm sure it is going to be big and built in everything. Sometimes I feel like I didn't charge enough and sometimes I am doing ok. Maybe I will bring a blank invoice with me and give him a higher estimate. I can always back it down in the end and make the feel better. I think I will be in the $4,000 dollar range come to think more about it. Thats a drop in the bucket for a person with a house or this caliper. The house is only 7 years old and is supossed to be an eco smart home so I'm positive it will be all state of the art and best of the best. I think I am more worried about the broker
  13. And it is a Public water supply just no public sewers. The Septic tank company is a company that I use regularly to do the inspections and the are actually a cesspool cleaning company. The don't mind because usually they get the job of maintaining the system in the future from my clients. Because of this he is doing me a favor and charging me the same. The only differenence is he is doing a visual inspection instead of a video scope that he normally does. In other words he is popping the cap and just looking around. Seperate report just from him so its not on my Report. My brother is an Indust
  14. Thanks for the responses.... I am having a septic company do the septic test. My cost $250 and an HVAC Tech evaluate the Geo Thermal unit $150 Dollars ( my Brother ).
  15. Thanks for reading. I have an Inspection of a home ( if you can call it that ) in a very upscale neighborhood. The job was given to me from a mortgage broker I work with. He got it from a coleague when that persons home inspector didn't want to touch it. Here are the Specs of the house: 16,000 Sq Ft..... Not a typo. Not including a 80% finished basement that has a movie theatre 5 Bedrooms 12 Rooms Total 8 Baths Maids quarters 4 car Garage On 5 acres Has a Pool and Cabanna house ( was told the Cabanna is like a one bedroom house ) Geo Thermal Heat and A/C Septic tanks and fo
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