They are recommending someone who has done a good job for them in the past..simple as that. They are not paid by that individual for the referral.
I usually will recommend a couple of people I have used, plus give them the website for the ASHI association which is the American Association of Home Inspectors http://@www.ashi.org . Most good home inspectors have contracting experience.
Actually, any agent with any experience at all will have at least a handful of capable, qualified inspectors to recommend, and leave it up to you to make the phone calls and set up the appointment.
But inspectors don't do anybody a favor through any sort of conflict of interest that you imagine. Yeah, "my boy" let the leaky foundation pass so the sale would go through; you finish the basement, the rain comes, the judge makes me fix the foundation and refinish your basement. Hardly worth the commission, is it?
If, on the other hand, the agent says, "there's only one gal who can do this work," beware. Inspectors in LA are everywhere!
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The agent recommends you the person they trust. Usually when an agent recommends the home inspector it is someone they have used in many transactions. Another reason why they recommend the home inspector because not a lot of people know home inspectors and usually want their agent to guide them
If you feel this is a conflict of interest you can use your own home inspector, but you shouldn't feel this way if you trust your agent.
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As long as you make your own choice, this eliminates conflict of interest.
The recommendation from your agent is only a service convenience to you and the reason the agent is recommending is because that inspector has done a good job for agent in the past. Agents does not get a commission from the inspector for the referral.
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It is best if you look for a general contractor that could inspect your house and provide you with a written report. Most of the inspection professionals use a cookie-cutter approach and a pre-written contract that excludes just about everything from omissions to crass errors, not allowing for any kind of indemnification even if the inspection is botched. That defies the purpose of a building report, which is to catch big ticket items before you get stuck with the problem.
Think of it this way, if the report has one million clauses protecting the inspector, and nothing delineating your rights if something obvious is later found to be amiss, how can you trust that report?
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It is not that difficult to provide a few different names so that the buyer does not feel pressured to use the person we recommend. I may suggest that I have had very positive experiences with a particular individual or company but I always inform them that the choice is their choice to make.
We see lots of inspections, and we learn quickly who are the good ones and who are the bad ones. Not "who are the ones who don't kill the deals"... but more like "who are the ones who identify the issues, and suggest solutions".
After all, if you buy this home, you might call us in 2, 3, 5 years and ask us to help you sell it, and we don't want to represent homes with structural problems, or flooding basements either. So it's in our best interests to make sure that you have a good and thorough inspection and are aware of all the homes faults and defects.
There is not a per se conflict of interest but it can create a liability for the agent if there is a problem. Your real estate agent most likely has a lot of confidence in this "particular" inspector but you are not obligated to use that inspector.
I have quite a bit of experience in risk management. I have seen just about every type of lawsuit that you could imagine. Why do you think that agents, home inspectors, title companies, escrow companies have E&O insurance? Again, my recommendation is that agents should provide several names of companies they have worked with but ultimately the choice is yours.
Good luck with your purchase.
You obviously have a concern about this situation or would not be asking. Yes I would pick my own Inspector as in the end you will have to be the one who lives with the results. There are many good Agents out there but also some who will steer you towards what we call the $99 Inspector or "Report Whitewasher" types of Inspectors. Both of these types will perform poorly for you and exceptionally for the Agent (ensures the sale and hence the commission).
When you pick an Inspector you will also hear "Use an Inspector from so and so association" or "one that is a former builder or plumber or etc.". Quite frankly associations are there for the members and there are NO Inspector associations that are there specifically to help the consumer. After all, the associations make their money from the members and not you, the consumer. As for prior trades people yes there are good Inspectors that come from their ranks but there are also many that could not hack their former trades and decided inspecting was easy money. If they could not hack their previous trade then how do you think they are doing as Inspectors?
What it all boils down to with Inspectors is to find one you can trust. If you can't trust them then it does not matter what their background is. I'm sure you have had experiences in the past and have developed your senses and requirements for trusting someone. Use that first when you pick an Inspector. After that look at the other factors.
If you have questions regarding Inspectors and how to stay away from specific types then feel free to contact me and we can go over additional suggestions. Good luck on the house hunting!
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