"All Repairs Done By Licensed Professionals, With Receipts Provided"

Reblogger Lenn Harley
Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

This standard is pre-printed in the Home Inspection Addendum.Carpenter

"Unless otherwise specified above, all repairs are to be performed by a contractor licensed to do the type of work required, and receipts or other written evidence that the repairs have been completed will be provided prior to or at the Purchaser's final walk through inspection of the property."

Doesn't anyone read these things???

I've examined many "paid receipts" provided to sellers prior to settlement.  The only acceptable receipt is one that includes the company's name, address, phone number and license number.

Of course, other process can be negotiated but this is the STANDARD and it's pre-printed in the Home Inspection Addendum which becomes a part of the Contract of Sale.

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Original content by Jay Markanich 3380-000723

Pick your phrase when a sales contract's addendum identifies something and the seller agrees to get it done - all repairs done by licensed professional, with receipts provided."

It doesn't matter how you word it.  This phraseology is to prevent Uncle Bob from coming over and "fixing" something wrong.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU GET REPAIRS LIKE THIS, WITH A RECEIPT PROVIDED BY A LICENSED COMPANY?

Incredibly, you might be thinking you are looking at the same "repair."  NO!  These are two different "repairs!"

This roofer is consistent however - they look remarkably similar to three more "repairs" on this same roof.

If you think I am kidding, or joking, or did this myself to set up a blog post - YOU WOULD BE WRONG!  THIS IS A ROOFER WITH A LICENSE TO DO BUSINESS AND WITH A COMPANY NAME!

Here is the problem we have around here.  May I paint the picture:

  1. Bambi works for Pinocchio.  
  2. Bambi "learns" the business from Pinocchio.
  3. Bambi wants to strike out on his own.
  4. Bambi doesn't speak English.
  5. Bambi wants to get a license.  At this point refer to #4.
  6. Pinocchio knows someone in the very modern-thinking and multi-cultural County office who speaks his and Bambi's language.  (In fact, they employ people in that office that speak every language imaginable, well, except English it seems.  Just call them on the phone, you'll find that out...)
  7. Bambi brings Pinocchio to the County office to explain that Bambi doesn't understand English.
  8. Pinocchio asks his friend in the County office if he can translate the test for Bambi.  Bambi, of course, will honestly answer the questions.
  9. Bambi hears the County official say, "Of course!" in his own language.
  10. Bambi passes the test with flying colors!
  11. BAMBI IS IN BUSINESS!

I don't know about where you live, but this is happening in all the trades around here.

IT IS FRIGHTENING.

My recommendation:  see if you can find out who the "licensed professional" is before any work is done.  That might be hard to do!  And if it's sweet, innocent, very cute and harmless little Bambi, with no track record of any kind, BEWARE!

YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET UNCLE BOB TO DO THE WORK INSTEAD!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com


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David Popoff
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Best to pay a little more and hire your local trades who takes pride in their work and back it up.
Jul 26, 2012 09:19 PM #1
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John F Muscarella
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That's whu getting reliable recommendations and building a list of reliable trades is so important.  Good post.

Jul 26, 2012 09:27 PM #2
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David.  Indeed.  Good local tradesmen are hard to cultivate.

John.  Absolutely.  The consumers expects recommendations from us.

 

Jul 26, 2012 09:38 PM #3
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Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
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Oh wow the repairs shown above look like a nightmare. I have a similar statement in my repair request and so far, knock on wood no problems this really makes me think about researching the person first .
Jul 27, 2012 04:40 AM #4
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Kim.  Always a good idea.

Jul 27, 2012 05:12 AM #5
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This is happening more and more.  I think reinspections will soon become the norm.  That's unfortunate too.

Thanks for the reblog!

Jul 27, 2012 08:56 PM #6
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I agree completely.  Reinspections a costly, either in money or time for anyone involved.  Look at the time you spent, I spent in that house in Woodbridge last week.

That was all caused by the attutude of the seller's agent who was trying to weasel out of the item I wrote on the Home Inspection Report for them to repair the insulation in the attic.

Sure, it might have been avoided if there had been photos but that was just an obfuscation.  When she asked for photos to verify the DEFECT, I really wanted to say, "Can't you LOOK???"

Somehow I knew she would not.  I was right.

 

Jul 27, 2012 10:53 PM #7
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Jay Markanich
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And when I saw her I knew she would not either!  Obviously it was an obfuscation, but still, the photos were the end all, be all.  And demonstrative!

Jul 28, 2012 08:43 PM #8
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Jay.  The agent's behavior and actions with respect to the insulation matter merely reflect her general practices.  "Cooperative" isn't quite the word.

 

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