Can I really offer repairs for free??
The state of California Real Estate Inspection Law is in the Business and Professions Code, sections 7195-7199. One section of this law contains prohibitions on repairing a property for a fee in the 12 months after the inspector did an inspection. But it does NOT prohibit an inspector from making free repairs. See what I do here – http://certifiedmasterhomeinspectorkurtshafer.com/free-repairs/
If you hire me to do a pre sale inspection I will include repairs of minor issues AND you get up to $100 worth of the actions below at no added cost. Below is an average of the price lists from other resources that serve Los Angeles – Escrowretro, Retrofitplus, and Metro Retrofitting.
This Temecula seller saved $200 on a $300 inspection that I did in October 2019. He was selling a very nice home on Morgan Hill built just 15 years ago. The home is nearly perfect except for a few details. One, the builder’s HVAC contractor did a less than perfect job in the attic. There was a leak of cold air around an opening where the coolant pipe enters the chiller. I corrected that while up in the attic. It would have cost Bernie about $100 to have an HVAC contractor come out to fix this. Two, the right gate has a latch that did not work. It required the gate to be lifted 1/2 inch to work properly. I loosened the hinges and lifted the gate so it now is perfect. It would have cost Bernie at least $100 to have a gate contractor come out to fix it.
HVAC leak fixed Gate raised to fix latch AC Jbox missing cover
A seller in Palos Verdes would have save at least $100 if I had done a presale inspection – in the crawl space under the house was an AC power junction box with no cover. I would have put in a cover and saved the sellers over $100 to hire an electrician later.
I have found that it takes less time to repair some issues than to report them so here are issues I will repair during my inspections for buyers:
- Loose door knobs and bolts.
- Loose handles on faucets, tubs and showers.
- Loose door and cabinet hinges.
- Sink drain stoppers that need adjustment.
What do I charge for this? Nothing. I want my inspections to be of the most value to you as a buyer and to your buying agent. I still expect to be very competitive with the home inspection competition. I will not be the cheapest nor will I be the highest price.
You will want to download my Buyer agreement here.