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Anthony R. P…, Real Estate Pro in Sylmar, CA

What does the real estate professional expect from a home inspection? and the home inspector?

Asked by Anthony R. Perez, Sylmar, CA Wed Dec 30, 2009

As certified home inspectors we walk a very tight rope between the potential buyer and the seller's agent, we want to be as professional as possible following all the standards of practice of the appropriate organizations such as NACHI, we want to be as thorough as we possibly can when conducting the real estate transaction inspection...on the other hand we can get blackballed because sometimes we are too thorough and get the reputation as a "Deal Buster"

We would take on heavy liability if we were to overlook something that may not be a significant problem but could become one later just because we understand and we know how hard an agent works to make a deal go through and we do not want to bust the deal over "knit picking"

As home inspectors in today's world of litigation madness I know some inspectors that are 'afraid' to do their jobs, as the buyers agent what is your input on this subject? What do you expect from the home inspector??

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You have a diverse background of skills. Clients want a thorough inspection without overloading on subsequent inspections. Realtors appreciate a home inspector who reports the facts and won't make personal opinions.

Aside from that, you will run into people who expect too much for next-to-nothing and others who clearly don't have an ethics compass.

Have a great and safe new year. Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
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All I ask of my inspectors is that they be honest but not picky. Report on what you see, not what might be there. Speculation kills sales. If you think there is something there just suggest that the buyer investigate further but don't guess yourself. As in any profession report what you know and what you are expected to know and don't comment on something you don't or shouldn't be expected to know. Just as in Real Estate sales, we are encouraged to work in our areas of expertise and not try and handle transactions for areas or kinds of properties we have not been trained for or in areas we don't know.

Hope that helps. Have a great New Year.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 31, 2009
Hi Anthony,
I also expect the home inspector to educate the home buyer about major security/safety concerns/issues such as pointing to all major shutoffs in case of emergency.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 31, 2009
Anthony what I want from an inspector is someone who does a thorough inspection. The inspector then need to communicate to their client (my buyer client) in a clear and concise manner. There are to many homes available for my client to get stuck with a large problem if the current owner will not fix it.
On the other hand I set the tone with my buyer that when we look at resale homes there will be things that will need to be replaced in the future. THe expectation that they may get 3-5 more years out of a water heater is something that my clients have been prepared for. This information need to be given to them by the inspector clearly and in friendly terms. I have been at an inspection where the favorite term of the inspector was "ticking time bomb" everything in the home was a ticking time bomb just waiting to break!
I was at another inspection where the inspector refused to check plumbing,electrical,HVAC,and had proffesionals that they recommended to come out at additional charge to inspect those items.
Neither of those inspectors did I refer out and they are on my black list.
Don't tell your client that the house needs painting, they know that already. Don't tell them the oven is dirty, yes I have seen that on an inspection report.
Please go over maintance items with them, tag shutoffs for them if they are not already tagged and show them where they are and why to use them. Just help prepare them for owning and taking care of a home.
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Be candid, be thorough, give facts but NOT opinions. The Buyer should make up his own mind about whether or not to buy the home. This is not the job of the agent or the inspector. With your qualifications, you should be able to quote cost to repair as necessary. I also appreciate when a general inspector recommends additional inspections as necessary.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 31, 2009
Well, Anthony, we need you to inspect the property, identify current and potential problems, evaluate them and educate the buyer. We do not need you to put the deal together.

Nit-picking is a very technical term meaning - let's keep things in perspective. That the switch plate is cracked is worth noting, not discoursing over. That the roof is toast and bad flashing has allowed half of the world's liquid to make it's way behind the wall needs more than just a cursory mention and paragraph in the written report.

Don't burden my clients with relatively useless worry, and don't ignore the serious stuff. Help them solve problems, don't create more for them.

The inspector should help buyers understand why particular items are problematic, and help them prioritize.

Simply put: the inspector is not a party to the transaction, and should not behave as if they are.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 30, 2009
For the home to pass so the sale can be made......................

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