Should you Trust your Agent's Home Inspector? (Collegeville)

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Should you Trust your Agent's Home Inspector? (Collegeville)

 

david and tina in front of first houseThe year was 1997 and it would be 4 years before I would become a Home Inspector.  I was still in school getting my Engineering degree.  

My wife and then-girlfriend, Tina, was fresh out of college buying her first home near Collegeville.  When it came time to pick a Home Inspector, her agent recommended a specific inspector saying he'd do a great job.  Tina's immediate thought was, "A great job for WHO?"  My wife didn't trust that this home inspector in Collegeville would be working for her best interests, so not knowing what to do, she picked someone out of the phonebook.  

 

Well, it didn't turn out so well-  not because she used the phonebook, but because she didn't how to find a qualified home inspector.  At the time, there weren't any state compliance laws any "Joe" could call himself a home inspector.  Today, all home inspectors must be PA State Compliant.  This means the inspector has proper insurance, belongs to a professional home inspector association like ASHI where members meet certain criteria and abide to a Code of Ethics, and have proper training.

 

It turns out this home inspector missed a lot of defects which Tina didn't discover until after she moved in.  Two hours into the inspection, the inspector told her he had another property inspection to get to and this was all she would get.  Then, it took him a week to get her this "incomplete" home inspection report.  Unacceptable!

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So the question is- Should you trust your Agent's Home Inspector?

 

 

 

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As a Home Inspector in the Collegeville area, I get this question a lot. Sure, I have real estate agents that refer me to their clients.  First you need to ask yourself- do you trust your agent?  If not, you shouldn't be working with them in the first place. 

Most experienced real estate agents have attended numerous home inspections and they know which ones do good jobs, who has the easy-to-read reports, and who is reliable.  A lot of agents will hand out cards from 3 different home inspection companies to get you started.  It's up to you to do your due diligence.  My fee is paid by the buyer and that is who I work for. I have worked hard to be the reputable, Home Inspector in Collegeville I am today.  

 

Some things you should find out about your Home Inspector:

1) Are they PA state compliant?

2) View a sample report. Is it easy to read? has digital pictures? What else is included?  When do you get the home inspection report?

3) How long has the home inspector been in business?

4) What is the home inspector's background?  What is his education?  

5) Does the home inspector climb roofs?  Crawl through crawl spaces?  Some don't!

6)  When is the home inspector available?  You don't have to miss work if he's available on weekends.    

 

It ultimately falls on you to find the right Home Inspector!

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David Artigliere is a ASHI Certified, PA State compliant Home Inspector in Collegeville & Surrounding.  Find out more and visit ARTI Home Inspections LLC

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

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Cindy Justice
Elite Realty Group - Dandridge, TN
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It's fair to say that you need to do your homework before choosing anyone to inspect your home.

This is where you will be for many years and you need to know that you have not missed anything down the road. 

Mar 24, 2011 05:06 PM #1
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Roger Radcliff
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David, Do you ever run in to the Inspector that inspected your house? (Tina's House)

Mar 24, 2011 05:08 PM #2
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Alan May
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good perspective from the buyer's vantage point, and that of a (now) inspector.  Nice.

Mar 24, 2011 05:10 PM #3
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Maya Swamy
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I do the three card thing - otherwise  the liability will be too great.

Mar 24, 2011 05:38 PM #4
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Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
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I use an inspector that I trust fully to give me the good & the bad and he is very honest and works hard for my buyers to make sure they are getting a great home.

Mar 25, 2011 01:12 AM #5
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Thanks for you comments everyone.  

@Roger- I have been heavily involved with the local ASHI and NAHI groups for years and I never came across this guy.  We don't think he's in business anymore.

 

Mar 25, 2011 02:25 AM #6
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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I have someone that I trust implicitly and use him myself when I buy my own properties.  There is no one else in our area that I would trust.  I like what you said about trusting your agent.

Mar 25, 2011 12:25 PM #7
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS
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Good points, David.  I always give 3 names to buyers and let them decide.  I know all 3 are reputable and will do the job right.

Mar 25, 2011 02:24 PM #8
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi David~  When I give out any names of inspectors, they are ones that would be looking out for the best interest of the buyer, period.  Now, we are being advised to not give out any names at allfor some of the reasons you discussed!  It seems that some buyers think exactly like Tina did. 

Mar 27, 2011 09:27 AM #9
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Julissa Jumper
Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
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Hi David: Like most of the others, I always give my buyers the names of 3 reputable, truted home inspectors and then let them choose. They are all licensed professionals just like we are.

This is an excellent post to educate buyers with. Good job!

Mar 29, 2011 03:57 AM #10
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