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WHAT IF YOU COULD MAKE ONE CALL AND COORDINATE EVERY INSPECTION YOU NEEDED?

My company, LaRocca Inspections, has been using a wonderful scheduling office to book our inspections for years. They are located in the same office as us and began booking our sister companies inspections a few years back as well (Mold, Chimney & Sewer Inspections.) This was so successful and so helpful to our clients that the scheduling company has decided to become a one call only Central Scheduling Office.

InspectionLink is the name of the office and they can now book a variety of inspections that may be needed or wanted either during a real estate transaction, needed for Insurance purposes or just wanted by a typical home owner.

They can currently schedule Property Inspections (Residential, Multi-Family & Commercial Properties), Certified Stone Inspections, Chimney Inspections, Drainage Inspections, Electrical Inspections, Foundation Inspections, Geological Inspections, Mold Inspections, Pool & Spa Inspections, Plumbing Inspections, Rain Leak Detection, Restoration Drycleaning Assessments, Roofing Inspections & Certifications, Sewer Inspections, Septic Inspections & Termite Inspections.

They currently cover Los Angeles County and some surrounding areas but plan to expand both their services and coverage area in 2009. Ideally they will be able to book any kind of inspection you need anywhere in Southern CA by the end of the year.

In order to schedule an inspection through inspectionLink the client or agent can call one number and tell the scheduler what time frame they plan on being at the property. InspectionLink will do the coordinating to get all of the inspectors at the property during the time frame specified so that the clients and agent do not have to drive to the property multiple times (TIME IS MONEY AFTER ALL!). This service will not cost the client a dime. (They will still be charged the normal inspection fees.)

 The best thing is that InspectionLink only includes inspectors that are properly qualified. Each Inspector or Company that InspectionLink books for has to provide copies of necessary licensing, certifications, insurance, workmans comp, bonds and any other relevant certifications for their field. InspectionLink keeps these documents on file and will be happy to fax a copy as needed to any client who requests it.

So, what do you think? Would you use this service? Do you have any questions or comments? Please let me know.

John LaRocca

President - LaRocca Inspections

www.LaRoccaInspect.com  (818) 951-1795

Comment balloon 4 commentsJohn LaRocca • January 08 2009 01:09PM

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John - Are the various Inspection firms independant of each other, or do they profit from each other?

Posted by Palm Springs Realtor - Stewart Penn, COMPASS - Broker Associate (COMPASS) about 10 years ago

Great Question Stewart,

As you know, LaRocca Inspections has some affiliation with Mold Check, Sewerline Check & Chimney Check. They are sister companies. I would not say that they "profit from each other" as there are no referral fees or kickbacks between the companies but they all strive to help the others expand and do well (kind of like a realtor might with an in house lender or title company). Currently, InspectionLink only books property Inspections for LaRocca Inspections although they will be adding additional home inspectors over the course of 2009. The same goes for Mold, Chimney & Sewer Inspectors.

The other types of inspections that InspectionLink books are all independent inspection firms that have signed on with InspectionLink to have them coordinate jobs for them. They do not have any profit sharing or profit off of other types of inspections being booked.

The main idea is to assist buyers and realtors in finding qualified inspectors for any item that needs inspection and to help them coordinate the timing to save them the hassle. These inspection firms pay a fee to InspectionLink to be booked. This makes it possible for InspectionLink to offer this service free to buyers and realtors.

If you have any further questions, please let me know. Also, if you use the service, they would love to get feedback from you on your experience. Send a message to April Kass at http://activerain.com/inspectionlink

Posted by John LaRocca (LaRocca Inspections) about 10 years ago
Your concept and promotion is completely inappropriate with the companies you mentioned and the previous poster was smart to ask the question as to whether the inspection firms were independent of each other. Several of the companies you are "linking" are not sister companies. They are actual companies that you and Chris Wrightsman own. So no, there are no "kickbacks" more like direct deposits. That and of course the actual kickbacks for the referrals. unethical actually.
Posted by Cheryl over 8 years ago

Cheryl, if you read the answer that John wrote in reply to Stewart's question I think that it aptly explains the affiliation between these companies, he has not hidden the fact that LaRocca is affiliated with those 3 companies and I can assure you that LaRocca inspectors are not compensated in any way by referring these companies, they do refer them if they feel that it is necessary and these companies all strive to support each other and expand as John previously mentioned. I have worked for LaRocca Inspections for 7 years and I consider myself to be a person of integrity and honesty. Chris and John are very ethical when it comes to referrals and in fact I have known them refuse referral fees in cases where it is entirely lawful to accept them (such as in the case of sewer inspections, mold inspections, and chimney inspections) as they prefer to remain an independent source of information with no conflict of interest.

Posted by April Kass over 8 years ago

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