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

Asked by Anthony Perez, Northridge, 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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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Mon Jan 4, 2010
I think that if you're a service provider - any service at all - and you're afraid to perform that service, that you might benefit from therapy, but you can't let those fears get in the way of doing your freaking job!

Inspector - who do you want to have sue you? The agent, or the buyer? I think the buyer is always going to be quicker to sue and will have a much better case than the agent. What's the agent's case going to be?

Agent: "I coulda gottin a comishun, but da nasty 'spector sed the roofs were rotted."

Judge: "And, were they?"

Agent: "Yeh, juch, but it cost me a comishin."

Judge: "Dis-missed."
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Ron Scott,GRI, , Milton, MA
Mon Jan 4, 2010
The short answer is The Truth. Be honest but dont scare the buyer.Thats all we can ask for.
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Mon Jan 4, 2010
Hi Anthony,

You are raising some good points and this could be an all day interesting discussion. Before getting in too deep, this is one of my expectations: be on time for the home inspection appointment.

Cathy Chaudemanche
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Middleton And…, Agent, La Jolla, CA
Wed Dec 30, 2009
Great Question Anthony,
Truthfully, I would want you to be a judge, not a lawyer. Look for EVERYTHING, and tell it like it is. Don't think agent's want you to say that everything is perfect if it isn't (because that could get EVERYONE in trouble) and don't tell a buyer that a broken light cover should kill a deal because you are afraid to get sued.

The best thing to do in any situation is be honest. You can't lose. If a buyer asks, tell them....I don't think this is a big deal/I would get a second opionion from a specialist/The house is falling over.
If your honest, agents/buyers AND sellers will all respect you.
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