Drive by Electrician will give estimates! Ever hear of anything so crazy?

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Real Estate Agent with Bradbury Team Prudential Patt, White Real Estate

from Donald Bradbury The Bradbury Team  www.bradburyteam.com  Coldwell Banker Heritage Quakertown PA  215-536-6777 x 329

My first Active Rain closings are this week.  The home inspection of my listing, turned up some issues with the home inspection, and the Buyer's Agent requested a credit of $5,000 to make the necessary repairs.

Both sides were upset by this, and my Seller said he would "Walk" if they requested a credit of any kind.  Instead of letting that happen, I suggested to the Buyer's Agent from"That big Red Real Estate Company", to get an electrician that she trusted, and have him provide us with a detailed estimate of what the cost of repairs would really be.  I agreed to do the same.  Home inspectors are not electricians, and they can only recommend repairs. A real professional should be the one to be specific, and give an estimate.

 This agent, from "That Big Red Real Estate Company" suggested she would get an electrician friend to go to the property and "DRIVE BY" and give us an estimate.  Why did I think that that estimate would be $5,000 ?  How can you do a drive by estimate on an 85 year old electrical system, when you are  DRIVING BY?  This seems to me to be one of the most rediculous things I have ever heard!!

So my electrician friend, which whom many of the Realtors in my office have used numerous times, talked with the Sellers and myself and pointed out the shortcomings of their nob and tube wiring in their house, and what needed to happen to bring it up to speed.

The estimate of the repairs came out to $2,500

I called that agent, from the "Big Red Real Estate Company" and her buyers accepted the solution, and we are going to closing this Wednesday!

 Have you ever heard of a Drive By Electrician?

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Rainer
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Vincent Coccia
Construction Services Integration
I used to sell real estate and yes it is difficult to obtain contractors for estimates and many times they would charge a fee for an estimate. Now that I am a contractor...I can view this in both ways...It could be a great opportunity for me as a contractors but sometimes there is not a gurantee that my firm would get the work, but of course that is like any other estimate.  I recently helped out  Realtor with some estimates for home inspections that included multiple items.  As it turns out the two clients that I provided estimates for will be working with me in the Spring.  A professional should be providing the estimates as they are trained in how to properly complete the project and also will price correctly.  Thanks.
December 19, 2007 07:56 PM
Rainer
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Christina Bennani-Persechini
Realtor - The House For You
Keller Williams Realty Boston North West
That's great.. a drive-by electrician. How about a drive by appraisal, oops they already do those!
December 19, 2007 08:04 PM
Rainer
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Keith Perry
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta
Coldwell Banker
Glad you where able to work it out Donald.
December 20, 2007 01:46 PM
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Donald Bradbury
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578
Bradbury Team Prudential Patt, White Real Estate
Keith & Robin Perry - REALTOR® -West Metro Atlanta:

Glad you where able to work it out Donald.

Thanks Keith and Robin!  Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2007 02:57 PM
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Donald Bradbury
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Bradbury Team Prudential Patt, White Real Estate

That's great.. a drive-by electrician. How about a drive by appraisal, oops they already do those!

12/19/2007 by Christina Bennani

 

Christina.  Thanks for the humor!  Merry Christmas! Don

December 20, 2007 02:58 PM
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