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"Free Home Inspection"

by Maureen McCabe on November 7, 2007

home inspection reportGosh I could not help but notice an ad on the ActiveRain real estate network  for  ”Free Home Inspection”  Can home inspectors afford to do home inspections for free?

How?

BOGO? (it’s a shoe thing.)

Buy One Get One Free?

ActiveRain Sponsors

Free Home Inspection 

Logo  

614-XXX-XXXX
Central Ohio Inspections

Find out Here  <— a broken link

I clicked on the link and went to a page that says

The page cannot be displayed

The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.

Please try the following:

  • Click the refresh.gif (82 bytes) Refresh button, or try again later.
  • If you typed the page address in the Address bar, make sure that it is spelled correctly.
  • To check your connection settings, click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options. On the Connections tab, click Settings. The settings should match those provided by your local area network (LAN) administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).
  • blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah 
  • blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah 
  • we’ve all seen these before…

Found it!  He’s a new member on ActiveRain, Steve Radabaugh of Preferred Property Inspection.

I sent Steve an email saying the link in the ad is not working.  I wonder if it is overwhelmed with traffic or just a bad link?

I had to look further… here’s the Free Home Inspection Offer on his website – Free Home Inspection  The rest of the story!

I don’t know Steve.  I am not recommending Steve… (since I don’t know him.)

Interesting ad! it got my attention.

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{ 2 comments }

1 David Tamny November 8, 2007 at 10:17 pm

I’m not surprised to see home inspectors giving away free inspections. We all know that things are slow. The unfortunate part is the message that this sends to both consumers and Realtors about our industry and the value of what we do. This gives the impression that home inspectors provide the same commodity to be valued at the cheapest price like buying insurance or a car.

Contrast this with the image of an inspector as the provider of a professional consluting service. A buyer seeks out a high quality professional to give them the information that they need to make an informed buying decision about the single most important investment of their lives. If you needed open heart surgery would you go to a doctor based on a free coupon. If you were falsely accused of a crime would you choose an attorney based on discounts or level of skill and expertise?

We all need business but is this truly the type of marketing that communicates the value of the service we provide. I know Realtors love to pass savings on to their clients. I suppose you get what you pay for.

2 Maureen McCabe November 9, 2007 at 05:56 am

He’s doing a drawing for one client to be reimbursed. Tha ad is attention catching. Thanks for the comment.

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