Two Inspections two dogs. Maybe I need a extra charge for dogs.

Home Inspector with Certified Structure Inspector IOS #1730, EA #30

I had two inspections on the same day that. The weird thing is that both were short sales, both were split levels and both had dogs.

The first house I arrived to was at 8 am. The buyers agent let me in and said the dog was in the garage since it was so cold out. He said the dog was friendly once he got to know you. I'm a dog owner and pretty good with dogs. When it was time to inspect the garage I opened the door to the garage. I then spent about 5 min trying to get the dog to stop barking and growling at me, but Charlie the dog was not having any part of me. Guess the garage was off limits for now. Once the buyer arrived and a friend of his I explained that if we couldn't get to the garage it couldn't be inspected. There was a attic access in there also. The guys went to work and managed to get the door to the back yard open and let the dog out. By now it was warmer and he seemed happy to be in his yard. At the end of it all everyone left me to lock up. On no I had to put Charlie back in.

Reno Home Inspection Note

The next house I went to had the seller was at home. The agent again left and the buyer was going to follow me on the inspection. The dog was growling at me and again I heard that the dog was nice once it got to know you. During the inspection the dog was constantly nudging the back of my legs. It was a herding dog and I guess it didn't like this stranger walking all over the house messing with everything. Towards the end of the inspection I felt a nip at the back of my ankle right above my shoe. Then the dog owner in me came out. In a firm voice I said "NO, you don't do that!!" The dog dropped it's head and then the seller called the dog. After a scolding by the owner the dog was restricted to the couch for the rest of the inspection.

Wow I was getting spoiled with these vacant houses I guess. Some inspectors charge more for old homes or crawl spaces. Maybe I should charge more for dogs.

Comments (6)

Ted J. Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Milton, GA


One does get spoiled by vacant homes. Glad you did not have any injuries from the 4 legged residents.

Jan 05, 2012 03:55 PM
go to & get 20 Listing Appointments per month
Real Estate Faster - Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for sharing. The note the seller left you is classic. At least you didn't get bit by either dog. The herding dog sounds like an Australian Shepherd, they are cattle dogs and known for nudging.

Jan 05, 2012 03:57 PM
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert

I am not a pet guy so I would be annoyed by the pets. You see all sorts of things so I am guessing it was just another day.

Jan 05, 2012 04:01 PM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Thanks for the comments. The note was classic. I left my own note when I left stating Charlie had been let out to go potty and was back in the garage. I guess it's part of the job. Normally I'm concerned with living things I might find under the house.

Jan 06, 2012 03:42 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

You should charge more for dogs, LOL!  Come on people, move your dogs and your schtuff out of the way for the inspector!

Jan 10, 2012 10:32 AM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Renee I like the way you think.

Jan 10, 2012 12:23 PM