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chrisusvi
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I have a realtor (slick talker) that's having me do a home inspection for a house he's buying. He's trying to get me to fill out a 'bank inspection report' for septic and individual water supply system. Measure the cistern size and septic size and gallons for the local government. He said I could make extra money by filling out this report for my clients as an extra fee.
The thing is that I wasn't trained to measure cistern sizes and deal with septic tanks for bank inspection reports.
Is this a potential extra income producer? Or should I steer clear of it.
Dom D'Agostino
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chrisusvi wrote:IIs this a potential extra income producer? Or should I steer clear of it.


Without proper training and skills, almost everything we do is a significant liability to the inspector.

I would take a pass on this request, explain the reasons why, and if you decide that it is service you want to add to your clients, then seek out the proper training and learn the required protocols before committing.

He's trying to get me to fill out a 'bank inspection report'


It's your business and your decision, don't be pushed around.

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Mike Casey
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The tank should be dug up, inspected, pumped and certified by a septic contractor prior to purchase anyway, have the septic contractor fill out the form. Customarily here in the west the seller does that, not sure where you are located. It would be rather remiss to buy a house and not be sure the septic is good to go regardless of who pays for it.

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Chad D
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chrisusvi wrote:I have a realtor (slick talker) that's having me do a home inspection for a house he's buying. He's trying to get me to fill out a 'bank inspection report' for septic and individual water supply system. Measure the cistern size and septic size and gallons for the local government. He said I could make extra money by filling out this report for my clients as an extra fee.
The thing is that I wasn't trained to measure cistern sizes and deal with septic tanks for bank inspection reports.
Is this a potential extra income producer? Or should I steer clear of it.

It could be good extra income, but ONLY IF you get proper training. Personally, I want nothing to do with inspecting a septic system. It's one of 3 things I refuse to get training on.

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Chad D wrote:
chrisusvi wrote:I have a realtor (slick talker) that's having me do a home inspection for a house he's buying. He's trying to get me to fill out a 'bank inspection report' for septic and individual water supply system. Measure the cistern size and septic size and gallons for the local government. He said I could make extra money by filling out this report for my clients as an extra fee.
The thing is that I wasn't trained to measure cistern sizes and deal with septic tanks for bank inspection reports.
Is this a potential extra income producer? Or should I steer clear of it.

It could be good extra income, but ONLY IF you get proper training. Personally, I want nothing to do with inspecting a septic system. It's one of 3 things I refuse to get training on.


What are the other two? Certainly not 'Flight' training!

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