Some People Have No Scruples or Ethics

Home Inspector with Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc.

OK those of you who know me and Maryland Home Inspection Services knows we do a very thorough and honest Home Inspection.  We have a motto here, "It Is What It Is".  That applies to all homes, or any property we inspect.  We aren't deal killers, we simply do our job and report the conditions of the property as we see it at the time e of the inspection.  We offer our professional opinions and help in every way we can.

OK so last week I did an Inspection in Maryland and it was a "flipper" property.  The seller (contractor) and there agent start telling me how the whole house was just remodeled, and everything is in tip top shape.  I ask them about the roof as it looked to have some dips, and other out of place issues.  They they tell me (with conviction) the attic was all fixed up, and new insulation was added.  The fact that they were kind of offering this info without me saying a word made me suspicious.  OK well I did my normal routine (save attic for last) and finally got to the attic.  Well as I figured this attic was in some bad shape.

Now this whole inspection was a bit out of the norm as the seller side was there.  anyway they ask me if I can just say the attic was not accessible or something to just exclude my findings.  Jeesh, look at what I found.    Attic Needs Some Lovin 


Comments (8)

Rhonda Hollifield, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners - Hendersonville, NC

That's the reason home inspectors were created?  To give a thorough, objective analysis of the house and not take the sellers word for it (lol)!  I think you would always be one of my home inspector choices if I sold in your area.  Keep up the good work!  Honesty and integrity are hard to come by.

Mar 30, 2011 02:48 PM
Jim Keilson
Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc. - Gaithersburg, MD
Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing.

Ginevra you are right on the maark. :)


Rhonda, Thanks for the kind words.  I do try very hard to be the best I can be, and fortunately all ther Agents I work with appriciate that.

Mar 30, 2011 02:57 PM
Billi Evans
Murney Associates - Springfield, MO

I can't even imagine speaking to an inspector about a property's condition before he writes his report. Way to stick to your guns.

Mar 30, 2011 03:00 PM
Jim Keilson
Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc. - Gaithersburg, MD
Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing.

Thanks Billi, yeah it was very uncomfortable as they were like following me around and every time I took a picture or wrote any notes they asked me what I was writing.  I am used to this and even encourage it from the buyers side, or even the seller if it is a Pre listing inspection for them.  The fact that this was a regular Buyer Inspection made it strange and they really wanted me to not mention this finding?  crazy I tell ya.

Mar 30, 2011 03:11 PM
Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Interesting how some folks think one can just look the other way.

Thanks for sharing the story.



Mar 30, 2011 03:15 PM
Paul Caloca
The Papas Group (DRE #01766524) - Scotts Valley, CA

If that agent were in California, their license would be at serious risk of loss for fraud.

Mar 30, 2011 07:28 PM
Jim Keilson
Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc. - Gaithersburg, MD
Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing.

Paul you are exactly correct, and in fact they would be here as well.  If I did what they asked so would I and I can guarantee you that will never happen.  Home inspectors are not out to kill any deals, but rather to do their intended job and give the client an honest, unbiased, non-invasive, visual inspection of the home.  A House "Is What It Is" nothing more and nothing less.  I do work for so many decent agents that want the truth and nothing but the truth for their clients whether good or bad, and that is exactly what I give them and in the end everyone usually gets what they want and it's a win win all around.

Mar 31, 2011 04:19 AM
MC2 Home Inspections
MC2 Home Inspections LLC - Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis home inspection service 317-605-3432

Happens all the time here in Indy I am sad to say. I think that some in our industry are getting desperate. We all have to stick to our guns and like you say "it is what it is" and nothing else.

Apr 05, 2011 10:52 AM