There are generally five types of property inspections as it relates to property preservation:
Payment for inspections varies based on the type of inspection you've been hired to do, and, of course, based on who's giving you the work. (We speak about inspections in detail in the Foreclosure Cleanup Pricing Guide. http://www.foreclosure-
Below is HUD's nationwide payment schedule for property inspections as somewhat of a guide (figures primary contractors often use):
--Occupancy Inspections (Exterior): $20
--Initial Vacant Property Inspection (Addt'l Units): $30
--Vacant Property Inspection (On-going): $30
--Vacant Property Inspection (On-going/Addt'l Units): $25
--Occupancy Inspection (Addt'l Units): $10
--Initial Vacant Property Inspection (Interior): $35
For example purposes, let's say you've been hired to do Occupancy Inspections (Exterior) by a larger property preservation company. You will simply be going by to basically verify whether or not the home is occupied and you will check off certain boxes on a form. See HUD's inspection form and consider using a variation thereof as a sample form in your foreclosure cleanup business. (http://www.hud.gov/
Some property preservation companies sub out this work to companies like yours for what may seem like a measly $10 bucks per house. BUT, BUT, BUT, when you get an order for 1,200 homes, and the homes have to be inspected on an ongoing basis ... well, do the math: $10 x 1,200 = $12,000 for one round ... you'd need help -- and you'd get sick of your car.
Bulk orders are great, but, if you don't have help lined up just in case, you may be in trouble.
Case in Point: I met a gentleman a while back who was inspecting one of my rental properties (my bank had closed up and the FDIC had taken over the assets; I saw someone snooping around the property with a camera one day and I accosted him and questioned him ... nice exchange when we found out we were both in the business).
He'd just gotten a contract for 1,200 homes, but was being paid $35 per inspection (likely because there was no middle man). Nice contract to have!
He had a "deer in headlights" look because he was a small company and simply seemed in shock at the amount of work he'd gotten, so quickly.
Think carefully about adding inspections to your cache of services. If you get a call for inspections on five homes, you may decide it's not worth your while, but, if they are calling you for the initial inspections, they will likely need you to bid on the work (boarding, lock changing, yard work, etc.) and that first five could lead to hundreds more. I included the link to HUD's inspection form above so you could have a peek.
Many property preservation companies will either have their own inspection forms (all properties aren't HUD properties), or will tell you to submit info on your form. The HUD form at the above link will give you a good idea of what an inspection form should look like should you have to create your own. Notice on HUD's form (at the bottom) the form can be used for several different types of inspections, which is kind of handy.
Good luck out there performing inspections. As with every aspect of this business, be careful and take someone with you should you perform especially interior inspections.
Continued success out there on the front lines of the foreclosure cleanup industry!
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Foreclosure Cleanup, LLC specializes in clearing out & cleaning up homes that have been foreclosed upon in the Atlanta area. They are authoring company of "How to Start a Foreclosure Cleanup Business" e-Book (http://www.foreclosure-