New Cell Phone App Allows Hm Inspectors To See Through Cement, Walls & Sellers.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

My home inspector owns a gizmo that allows him to see through 4 feet of cement. He's able to detect termites behind walls by looking through his sun glasses as he levitates around the home like David Blane. He also wears a special belt that he can take off and wrap around a seller to get FULL disclosure on any item of the home. He's a SUPER INSPECTOR. He can identify every tree in all 246 counties across the State of Texas by simply sniffing the bark.


Actually, none of this is true.


Despite the ongoing misconception, home inspectors cannot see through walls. They cannot tell you when your air condition is going to stop working. They don't know if your foundation needs 1, 2 or 40 piers. They have no idea if that diseased tree is lacking a certain nutrient and if and when it's going to fall on the house and crush your barbie doll collection. Home inspectors have lot of tools, but none of them allow them to fly over your home and find every crack or crevice.

If you find a problem 4 years after you move in, consider that maybe it was happened after you moved in. It's not always the home inspector "missing something." Sometimes when you drive off the lot in your brand new car you run over a nail. It happens.

Home inspectors don't take apart dishwashers, water heaters, air conditioners or toilets to "find potential problems." They inspect what they can see.

Expansive soils exist in almost every corner of your community. Foundations crack. They always will. Termites exist in almost every single lawn in the city of Houston. It's not "If" they exist, but "when" they will get "in" the home.

The smartest thing to do is hire the best inspector you can find. If you have doubts about components of the home, hire a seasoned and reputable professional that's licensed in that field.

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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I work with 2 inspectors regularly-- and they do great job.  But they are not superhuman... just thorough and honest.   Love seeing Christopher Reeve... thanks.  K

May 08, 2012 01:50 PM #1
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

It's nice to see an agent that understands the limitations of the home inspection. Good words about good home inspectors are always appreciated.

May 08, 2012 02:09 PM #2
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I wish my inspector dressed like this.                                                                                                                            

May 08, 2012 10:53 PM #3
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

A buyer recently phoned in a panic and said her slab was crumbling. Her 8 yr old brick home had passed an exam by the toughest inspector in my market.

 Apparently some dude in a truck from Baton Rouge drove by and noticed her situation. He told her the slab was crumbling, and even took a screw driver and hammer to show how easy the concrete chipped.

 For 500 dollars he "fixed" the foundation. Cash of course. My buyer wanted me to get the inspector to pay the fee since he "missed the damage". People are crazy.

May 08, 2012 11:19 PM #4
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

My structural engineer told me a story once, that a buyer and agent asked him to come and do a structural inspection on a home under contract.  They wanted to know what was going on underneath poured concrete.  When he admitted that he had no idea (lacking x-ray vision), they were incensed.   

Sometimes you just shake your head ..

May 09, 2012 12:05 AM #5
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Think what "Super..." could do as a marriage counselor or as a doctor!

Every one wants a life time guarantee, yet they don't believe in Santa.



May 09, 2012 02:24 AM #6
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

So true Greg! So many times I have heard "well, the home inspector didn't catch that!?" au contraire Mr. home buyer perhaps it happened AFTER!

May 09, 2012 06:17 AM #7
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

It is amazing what they expect from fellow humans...  Not a job I would want... it is getting harder to do without feeling like you'll be in trouble for unexpected unforeseen things.

May 09, 2012 07:58 AM #8
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

AN inspectors job is very important. I believe that most do the best they can and help identify problems that the plain eye cant see.

May 09, 2012 11:19 AM #9
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Home inspectors cannot find everything. There are times we hire a pool guy to inspect the pool not the home inspector.

May 09, 2012 11:54 PM #10
Susan Laxson CRS
Parks Real Estate - Franklin, TN
Local Knowledge & Global Network

So true and I usually give my clients three names to choose from when they need a home inspector.  I have worked with all of them, but want to make sure that my clients have a choice.

May 10, 2012 01:13 AM #11
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Thank you Greg:

 As a home inspector I strive to do the best job possible for the buyer that hired me to do just that.

No I'm not "superman" but try my best to do a complete home inspection, top to bottom when it comes to inspecting items that have visible issues.

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