Home Inspectors Should Not Be Involved In Negotiations

Home Inspector with Selman Home Inspections, Inc. 10299

Home Inspectors Should Not Be Involved In Negotiations

Selman Home InspectionPersonally, I have all I can do to do my job as a certified, licensed Professional Home Inspector in North Texas without getting involved with real estate deal negotiations. But, I have earned a lot of new business in the last six months because of inspectors who get themselves involved in the buying and selling negotiation process. More often than not, they are at odds with the Realtors. And, are also often the inspectors who scare the buyer or seller to death with poor communication skills.

Nowhere in the Texas Standards of Practice for home inspectors does it say that a home inspector should be involved with the negotiation process. Here is what the Texas Standards of Practice does say about our job as home inspectors, “These standards of practice define the minimum levels of inspection required for substantially completed residential improvements to real property up to four dwelling units. A real estate inspection is a limited visual survey and basic operation of the systems and components of a building using normal controls and does not require the use of specialized tools or procedures. The purpose of the inspection is to provide the client with information regarding the general condition of the residence at the time of inspection. The inspector may provide a higher level of inspection performance than required by these standards of practice and may inspect parts, components, and systems in addition to those described by the standards of practice.”

Although home inspectors are often referred by real estate agents to buyers and sellers, we in fact work for our client, the buyer or seller of the property. We schedule an inspection, answer questions about the property, perform an inspection, deliver a report to the client, review the report with the client and, sometimes the agent. That is our job. It is not our job to try to convince or dissuade the client from buying or selling a property. We can help answer some questions about How To Use A Home Inspection Report, but the buying and selling real estate agents are the negotiators, not the inspector.

Home Inspection CoverageNow, I am often asked by the client, “what is your opinion of the house? Should I buy it?”. My answer to my clients is, “I recommend that you review the inspection report and the defects with your real estate agent. He/She is best suited to help you make that decision based on the inspection report findings. I am happy to answer any questions about the property condition.”

In addition, I believe that good real estate agents know their client well enough to know if they will be able to afford the repairs or improvements that a given home needs. The Realtor should know the client well enough to be trusted as their advisor. You see, the agent has the longest lasting relationship with the client. As a home inspector, I normally meet the client at the property, once.

I am not a real estate agent. I am a certified, licensed Professional Home Inspector. I do my job and try hard not to be part of the negotiations. But if you are a home inspector who does get involved in the negotiation process, thank you for sending me your business.


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David Selman
Certified Master Home Inspector
Lic.# 10299
WDI #660910
FHA/HUD # F537 
Septic Cert #113423
Phone: 469-371-3228 
Email: david@SelmanHomeInspections.com

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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Your response is the right one.. they should read the report and arrive at their own conculsions... and also consult with their agent as to what options they have to move forward.


Jul 12, 2010 07:31 AM #1
Krista Lombardi
Prudential Calfornia Realty - San Diego, CA

Ha ha, I like the ending to your post.  Amen to your points above, I have totally had inspections where the inspector told them what the sellers should repair.  I love for my clients to get good deals, but setting their expectiations up to be realistic is half the battle.  Good job.

Jul 12, 2010 07:39 AM #2
David Selman
Selman Home Inspections, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Certified Master Home Inspector

Thanks! Most people can draw their own conclusions. If they cant, or have questions, the agent should be there for them. 

I often state to my clients that I am there for them before, during and after the inspection. I mean it. But it is only to offer professional advise about the report I have written and the property condition, not to become involved in the transaction beyond that point.

Jul 12, 2010 07:58 AM #3
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Sure wish you worked in Pineville, Louisiana!

Jul 12, 2010 08:38 AM #4
David Selman
Selman Home Inspections, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Certified Master Home Inspector

Thanks Doug. I appreciate your support.

Jul 12, 2010 08:56 AM #5
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

And here in lies the reason I can't wait to interview you for my Best of Big D vlogs.  Let's get it done this month David.  Maybe next week some time. Thanks for your process and continued great information

Jul 12, 2010 12:01 PM #6
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Great, great ,great post!  Can't wait to show it to my agents and to one in particular inspector.  One that has cost me 2 deals recently.

Jul 12, 2010 02:36 PM #7
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David great post here many don't understand whose professional does what... HUM... feel a blog approaching about this

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Aug 25, 2010 04:15 PM #8
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