Home Inspector ruind My Deal!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with SharkeyRE LLC CQ1040719


Home Inspector ruined My Deal! Or did he? 


Here is my story


Ever hear an agent and broker complain about a home inspector ruining a deal on you? 


More often lately I hear this as the condition of homes (mostly vacant foreclosures) available deteriorates. 


On this particular sale the house was a fix and flip house that looked good.  However one corner of the house was suspect, well it turned out not so good at all.   At the end I lost the customer! No sweat it happens!  They bought a house in a different area. 


So I referred Pete the inspector to them, and I have done so many times and he has "ruined" many deals over the years “on me”.  So why am I so happy with him? 


Many inspectors that solicited my business in the early days of my real estate career would say things like, "I'll make sure the deal goes forward for you.", "I always charge a few bucks more for you"  with a wink and a smile.  Not so fast...  I don't trust many but if you’re going to refer a home inspector you better trust s/he will take care of the customer NOT you.  In return you will be taken care of in the long run.


For new agents, let this be a warning.  YOU WILL PAY IN THE LONG RUN!  Maybe not this time but not all stains come out in the wash.  The ones that remain are tough to deal with.


I mentioned earlier that the property was a fix and flip.  We asked the listing agent direct questions about the corner of the house.  He “directly” avoided answering the questions and led me to believe it was fine.  The offer was place without a home inspection.  YES, I said that right without a home inspection.  The information I got from the listing agent was that the window was just replaced.  Inside the wall is fine.  OK! RIGHT? Have the seller send over the real property disclosure as part of the contract with no inspection contingency.  I get an email late Friday night, here is the signed "contract" the seller will fill out the disclosure this weekend.  "Wait, wait, wait I requested this with the contract" said the buyer.  What if they don't disclosure the truth?  The buyer withdraws the offer and Pete was on location first thing Sat.   If this deal closed, it would have been me being sued.  Turns out the corner of the house was infested with terminates and the inside and outside had just been painted and the window replaced to hide the damage.

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thank you


Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:12:54 -0400 (EDT)


E and L




Dear Pete: We are so grateful for your thorough and meticulous inspection on our Port St.Lucie home. We were planning to buy this home and thanks to you we found out it was termite infested and had a lot of other problems. We would have been in a deep financial hole if we had bought this home. Everything was hidden and apparently looked fine, until you found the real conditions of the place. You saved us from making a big mistake. We would recommend to everyone to seek a professional just like you, before investing in such an important decision making deal. E and L  

Pete Campbell Guaranteed Inspections Your Personal Building Consultant for Life (772) 528-0203 




  Inspecting Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie Village, Lakewood Park, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Fort Drum, Okeechobee, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound and Indiantown, Florida.




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Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

You can't beat a really thorough and honest home inspector.  Where the problem comes in is when some of them start editorializing and giving opinions as to cost of repairs etc.  Just the facts please.  We'll get our own estimates from professionals.

Apr 11, 2012 07:01 AM #1
John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

Yes it can happen and we all know the ones to avoid.  Fair in fine and competent is fine.  Someone who trys to nitpick to make themselves appear knowledgeable and overstates what they find or does not allow for normal wear and tear based on age is not professional.  You need an inspector who is fair, and can explain what they find in terms and attitude that help the process.  It may still cost you the sale but it may be for the right reasons.

Apr 11, 2012 07:02 AM #2
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Brian -- It is fantastic to find a true professional who is concerned for the clients.  I am sure you will be keeping each other in business for years to come.

Apr 11, 2012 07:03 AM #3
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Fortunately our market has some tried and true veterans upon whom we rely.  Winks don't work

Apr 11, 2012 07:04 AM #4
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect


Thanks for an honest look at home inspectors from an agent's perspective.  I think you are right that making the wrong choice can come back to bite you in the future.  It sounds like you are looking out for your client and getting them true peace-of-mind with a proper home inspection. 

Apr 19, 2012 02:28 AM #5
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Oh, those darned home inspectors, sometimes we love them.  Right?  He saved you, for sure.

May 10, 2012 08:18 AM #6
Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

It is so nice to hear good things about someone you also thought was good at their trade. I've known Pete Campbell for a couple of years now and found him to be very knowledgeable and thorough.

Jun 16, 2015 01:50 AM #7
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