But in today’s overheated selling frenzy, many buyers facing competition are crossing out the inspection clauses in their contracts. For a better stand-in, consider what’s known in the trade as a “walk-and-talk,” in which you and the inspector hoof it through the house while they give you a verbal assessment of what they see. “It is the reason I don’t do these inspections and I don’t include summary pages in my reports. “Don’t have time for an extensive home inspection?” advertises a firm that works in Maryland and Pennsylvania. By the way, a walk-and-talk is not the same as a pre-settlement inspection.