Ok just a quick poll... about home inspectors...

Home Inspector with Pioneer Property Inspectors LLC
 As a home inspector I would  like to know how many agents know if thier favorite home inspector is insured and what kind of training do the have. Are they licesed? certified? And most importantly I would like  to know what you like or dislike about that home inspector. Do they even smile?  Do they offer maint. advice?

Comments (14)

Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist
Very interesting series of questions.  In Ohio there is no license requirements for home inspectors which is a fact that most real estate agents are very unhappy about.
Nov 09, 2007 09:18 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Absolutely. We know that ours is licensed, bonded and insured.

Nov 09, 2007 09:20 AM
Ki Gray
Austin, TX
Austin Real Estate

I know the home inspectors are licensed.  I dont know if they are insured.

I like inspectors that know what they are talking about.   I like inspectors that find big problems.  For instance we had an inspector that halted the inspection in the middle (and said we could just pay half) because he found major problems with the foundation.

I dont like inspectors that blow typical problems out of proportion just to look good.  Basically they dont find alot wrong so they talk alot about something you see in every home in the area, for instance the fact that a 1940's home doesnt have shatter proof glass.

Escapeso Austin Texas Real Estate

Nov 09, 2007 09:20 AM
Daniel Sundberg
Crystal Springs Real Estate - Kentwood, MI

Trained, Insured and Holds the Real Estate Agent harmless if problems arise. Great people to work with too!

Oh they have mold certification and remediation too! 

Nov 09, 2007 09:43 AM
David Hintz
Accurate Appraisals & Consulting of AZ - Maricopa, AZ

Home Inspectors?  Oh yea!  I've bumped into a few of them when doing appraisals.  Nice Fella.  Doesn't talk much.  Likes to climb ladders.   The one's I've met usually don't smile much, especially when I ask them to please move out of the picture when I take photos of the interior.  They do (on occasion) share what they notice  -  like the dog in the back yard will only bite the lower half of your leg!  HHMMMM!  Is that when you are on the ladder or on the ground?  Just Kidding!    The one's I've met in Arizona seem to be well trained and knowledgable at what they do.


Nov 09, 2007 09:50 AM
Joseph Lang
Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Home Inspector, Southern California
Ki, you're referring to tempered glass.  It still can shatter but it doesn't break into shards that can cut you like when regular glass breaks.  I guess the thought of a small child running through a sliding glass door that doesn't have tempered glass doesn't mean much to you?  But I think it's very important. Whether or not the buyer asks for that as a repair, well that's beyond me, I just inform them of the dangers.
Nov 09, 2007 10:02 AM
David Squier
Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV

Our guy is great. Licensed & insured and great with our clients. He doesn't stir up concern over non-issues, but is excellent at locating the big ones. He has a great presentation and educates our clients on preventitive maintenence items to look for in the future. The report comes quickly via e-mail and also in a binder form for our clients. Pillar to Post is the company and Tau Olive is our guy!

Nov 09, 2007 10:55 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you
I use home inspectors who belong to the National Association of Home Inspectors. I want a person who is up-to-date, adheres to a Code of Ethics and undergoes annual training. The guy I recommend most often, whom my buyers tend to choose, is friendly, outgoing and smart. He not only explains every little defect, but he explains how to remedy the defective situation or fix it -- he lets buyers know if it's a $1.99 repair or a $10,000 repair -- without recommending contractors or naming firm prices. He also covers a lot of preventative maintenance issues with my first-time home buyers. I also love his detailed 40-page reports, complete with color photos, which make it very easy to explain to the listing agent and seller exactly what needs attention and why.
Nov 09, 2007 11:18 AM
Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
NH Real Estate Professional

The company I use mostly is a member of ASHI and insured. NH does not require licensing for home inspectors yet. They too are great at pointing out big problems and differentiating maintenance issues from safety issues and structure issues. They don't do repairs.

judy t

Nov 09, 2007 12:12 PM
Rod Finch
Pioneer Property Inspectors LLC - La Crosse, WI
Do you feel it is important for a inspector to be a part of a national organization? or just any maybe even on a state or local level? Now what about license ? would use a inspector from another state he they were licensed?
Nov 10, 2007 01:06 AM
Dennis Robitaille
Able Home inspection, Inc. - Peabody, MA

Since when do real estate agents "use" home inspectors for thier customers?

Yes customers, not clients.

A real estate agent showing someone a house = customer not client.




Nov 26, 2007 08:54 AM
Rod Finch
Pioneer Property Inspectors LLC - La Crosse, WI
hummm Did some one miss the mark?
Nov 27, 2007 06:56 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
Agents can have customers that are doing home inspections on homes that they have listed but that is another blog.  I don't have recommend home inspectors (national affiliations) but I do have a list that I give to my clients.  For my customers I tell them to look it up in the phone book.
Nov 27, 2007 07:59 AM
MC2 Home Inspections
MC2 Home Inspections LLC - Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis home inspection service 317-605-3432
I think we all (inspectors) wish that more agents would do that Gene, it makes it a bit more of a fair playing field
Jan 08, 2008 12:08 AM