“Mommy’s not home, but she says you can come in.”

We’ve all been there before. You drive for an hour for an inspection. When you get there, you knock on the door, only to have it opened by the kids. You ask them if their parents are home, to which they respond, “No.” When you call the parents, they say something like, “Oh, I’m not home right now, but the kids will let you in.” Now what? Where do you go from there?

This is an awkward situation, and one that requires some care and good judgement on the part of the appraiser, especially in today’s world. Unfortunately, there are those who will exploit any situation, no matter how innocent, to get what they perceive to be some kind of gain. In situations like the one above, I’ve found it very important to listen to my “spidey senses.” If I feel uncomfortable at all with a situation, I pay attention to that feeling. If you feel the need, by all means reschedule the appointment, but for situations where that might feel like overkill, here’s a trick that I like to use.

When I show up at an appraisal and mom and dad aren’t home, I turn on the sound recorder on my phone. I start it in the car, and leave it going until I’m back in the car. That way, if accusations are ever made, I have recorded evidence of the entire visit, and it’s not just their word against mine. It’s simple, but worth the security it provides. Never be afraid to protect yourself from uncomfortable or potentially hazardous situations. 

For more information on this subject, please download and listen to The Appraiser Coach Podcast Episode: 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Scroll to Top

Existing Members

If you have been a member prior to Jan. 1st 2024

Or, click on the right side to sign up as a new member (with a free month and added bonus material) and your existing membership will be automatically moved over and any extra payments credited. 

Or, click on the link below to sign up as a new member (with a free month and added bonus material) and your existing membership will be automatically moved over and any extra payments credited. 

New Members

If you became a member after Jan. 1st 2024 or are an existing member and want to move to our new system. 

Try the All-Star Team No-Risk for 30 Days Free!