"The inspection will be at 2 on Monday," said the Selling agent

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

      In Wisconsin, there is a specific window of time written in an offer to purchase during which the Buyer(s) will do their home inspection and any other testing that they name in the offer...most usually a radon test.  The homes are occupied with families...children, pets etc.

   home inspection  With divorce being a part of our practice, this often means a newly almost single parent juggling schedules and adding court appearances and lawyer appointments to an already crowded calendar.famly calendarOur Sellers are exceedingly cooperative with showing appointments despite the interruption of meals, pets that have to be taken care of and other inconvenienes.  Showings are generally hour windows of time...an inspecton however is usually 3-4 hours and demands more planning to get prepared and out of the house.

     We get calls from selling agents who tell us the date and time and expect the Seller to easily accomodate their schedule.   The easier thing....the professional thing ....to do is to ask if there are some times that would work better than others or days that are more difficult to schedule an inspection BEFORE the inspection is actually booked with the inspector.

   Selling agents need to understand that many homeowners...most especially those that are distressed, have a lot on their plate and the are doing the best they can...so please Selling Agents, do the best YOU can and ask about times that are convenient first....it's polite, it's professional.....and it is soooo appreciated.

     If you are looking for polite, professional Realtors in southeastern Wisconsin...Call the Hansons and find out what a practice built on education and fostered with experience can provide you in real estate.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Ask first and don't demand makes it less stress, not gun to the head pushy. Be sensitive that folks run on schedules like trains. It is not difficult on their part if the time picked could not be worse with what is going on in their life. Great post Sally K. & David L. Hanson , the go to local real estate experts!

Mar 28, 2015 10:33 PM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Thank you Andrew Mooers...a little consideration goes a long way in making a trying situation less difficult.

Mar 28, 2015 10:36 PM #2
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

In our area there is a shortage of inspectors, we take when we can get them or we end up blowing the window. Everyone here involved understands that. It would be nicer if we had more options in our area.

Mar 28, 2015 10:49 PM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Sally and David,

And even worse to have to call a showing service multiple times as the selling agent will not respond!

Make yourself a great day.

Mar 28, 2015 10:57 PM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

That is a good point says the agent who is has a 9am home inspection on a Sunday.  The buyer agent booked it at 730am and the seller said heck no,  but 9am was agreed on. I an here, buyer here but no inspector  and no buyer agent yet

Mar 28, 2015 11:01 PM #5
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Gee Sally, it doesn't work that way here either...you either grab the time slots or you will never make your 10 day window for everything to be done...ususally get a couple of days so if we know the seller is having issues we will accommodate...never had an issue.

Mar 28, 2015 11:28 PM #6
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Everyone needs to be as flexible as possible in situations like that.

Mar 28, 2015 11:53 PM #7
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I agree with you Sally & David, it is a two way street.

Mar 29, 2015 12:23 AM #8
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Flexibility sure does help in any situation, especially in real estate...take care

Mar 29, 2015 12:33 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good story to share and an excellent reminder for selling agents. It is always good to extend courtesies before scheduling appointments.

Mar 29, 2015 03:42 AM #10
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Never had that one happen to me (yet).  Unless the home is vacant we get a 3-4 day notice.  

Mar 29, 2015 08:20 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, it would be a great courtesy if they at least confirmed some acceptable times and dates prior to scheduling the inspection.

Mar 29, 2015 08:47 PM #12
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, my afternoon inspection today (Monday) is at 2!  How did you know?

Mar 29, 2015 09:44 PM #13
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