Reflections of a Buyers' Advocate

Home Inspector with About the House - Home Inspections

Some call me "picky." Others call me a "pain in the a**." One guys said he'd heard I was "The Home Inspector from Hell." Common thread here is that these folks are on the "selling" side of the real estate transaction.

Buyers say thing like, "He saved us from making a big mistake." Or "He saved our marriage," Or "He invented the Internet." (Just teasing on that last one. That was Al Gore, of course.)

Bottom line is, as a home inspector, I am an advocate for my client, the buyer. No offense to the selling agent, the listing agent and the home seller, but I don't care about the sale. I CAN'T care about the sale AND do my best job for my client, the buyer. I'm a hired gun... My 100% allegiance is to my boss, my client.

In 12 years of home inspecting sometimes its tempting to take shortcuts, not be so thorough. To combat this I play a little game. I pretend that my client is my cousin, daughter-in-law, uncle, or great aunt. Heck, I've got to do my best job for family! Keeps me sharp and focused.

Thought you'd like to know.



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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Tom - I applaud your integrity and dedication to your clients.  I have worked with many inspectors - both on the selling and buying side - and if I see one that takes shortcuts and just glances around instead of actually looking at something I take their name off my directory that I hand out to my clients.  

We have many excellent inspectors in our area and I don't mind one bit if they find an issue - no matter the size of the issue - that will help clarify why my seller should either 1) reduce their sale price, 2) be more willing to negotiate or 3) be ready to get off their arse (or their checkbook!) and make the repairs.

If I have the buyer....I'm glad that they are being made aware of any potential pitfalls.  I don't want them going around telling folks that I sold them a lousy home with lots of problems.  

A good inspector is worth his/her weight in gold.  Too bad more people don't realize it. 

Oct 14, 2007 04:56 PM #1
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Two things...I always allow my Buyers to select their inspector. I may give them 2 or 3 recommendations, but it's THEIR choice. Also, I tell them that the inspector work for them, just like I work for them. We both represent THEIR best interests. I like your attitude!
Oct 14, 2007 05:32 PM #2
Gary Miljour
loanDepot - Southern Pines, NC
Mortgage Originator NMLS Licensed in AZ and NC
Its sounds like your running your business the right way.  Honesty to your client is always the best choice
Oct 14, 2007 05:54 PM #3
Nancy Brenner
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc. - Roswell, GA
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent

I won't recommend a home inspector to my Buyer Clients if I don't think they'll do an thorough and honest inspection.  Thanks for being on the Buyer's side!

Oct 14, 2007 06:11 PM #4
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