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The Strange Case of Dr. Heckle and Mr. Snide!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

The Strange Case of Dr. Heckle and Mr. Snide by Richard WeisserIt was a cold and dreary evening when I first communicated with Dr. Heckle.

“Dr, Heckle, I need a home inspection, pronto. Can you handle it for me,?”

“Indeed I can, Richard, and I’ll make certain that you get the most bang for your buck”

I was taken aback. “Why, whatever do you mean by that, Dr, Heckle?”

And then I heard the laugh. The low chortle that rumbled at first, and then escalated into a shrill guffaw! I began to feel that perhaps I had made a mistake.

After the inspection was completed, Dr. Heckle appeared transformed. His previously pompous demeanor was now replaced by a personality that was more cynical than deliberate.

I was looking for information.

What I got was snide remarks.

“The seller tried to do this” and “their agent tried to do that” and “if it were me I would run away from this house as fast as I can.”

“But what about the house itself? Is it habitable?”

Mr. Snide rolled his eyes incredulously.

“They never are, my friend. They never are!”

Moral of the story: Always get a home inspection done by an objective professional that provides information and not drama. Perform a complete and thorough interview and do a thorough assessment of the inspector's credentials and references. Be sure to address your specific concerns about the property before you sign the contract. Ask to see a sample report.

It's your money.

Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Richard - you should write a book! Great read and even better tip.

Apr 03, 2014 02:04 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Richard~ I think we have all been there and done that! "When the inspector is not objective, all we can do is roll our eyes and write brilliant posts like this one... *suggested*

Apr 03, 2014 02:35 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Richard, It sounds like someone stopped taking their meds. Good night, Irene. What part of professional standards might that inspector be missing?  I think they missed the boat entirely.

Apr 03, 2014 02:51 AM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Richard - Good advice  on selecting a home inspector.

Apr 03, 2014 03:06 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

LOL, I had a home inspector that walked around telling the Buyers that "This is a negotiating pont" and "This is an oppurtunity". His boss got a phone call and an earful. The buyers got the impression the seller would come down off the price, because of the inspection. When it came down to it there was less than $1000 in 'repairs' on a $200,000 house.

His job was to inspect, report and leave. It is up to the Buyer to decide what to do from there.

Apr 03, 2014 03:18 AM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

haha.. they never are habitable in some folks eyes as of late.. picky buyers are all over the place

Apr 03, 2014 04:04 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

An objective opinion is what is necessary Richard. Dealing with someone who will give me more "bang for my buck" can't leads to a good ending.

Apr 03, 2014 04:28 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I don't hesitate to show a home inspector the terms and conditions of the contract of sale in the home they're inspecting.

All I want to see is thorough and a precise timely report.

Timely is usually easy.  Precise is not.

Apr 03, 2014 05:20 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Richard love this rendition....thankfully I haven't run into drama king inspectors for some time now.  But I do recall a few....and they're something else. Run....fast.

Apr 03, 2014 06:38 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is like they want to impress us with their knowledge.

Impress me with a great inspection and report.

Apr 03, 2014 07:31 AM
Frank Iglesias
Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments - Lawrenceville, GA
Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor

Richard, I had fun reading your blog! You are right a thorough assessment of the inspector's credentials is a must. References as well you never know what you'll find out from other people. 

Apr 04, 2014 11:12 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

A competent inspector who can stick to the facts and present them in an easily understood manner and then answer any questions the customer may have is all I we need. No theatrics, please!

Apr 05, 2014 03:43 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Richard!  Just wanted to let you know that I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites. 

Apr 05, 2014 11:18 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Richard, stopped by via Pat Kennedy's post... when I find a good home inspector, I always give him rave reviews.

Apr 06, 2014 11:41 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

A complete inspection report is essential for sure.... and this may mean they have to come back to re-inspect it after the repairs and all the fixes are done, especially if it is a safety issue, or an FHA loan that requires certain things. That is why you need a professional inspector who not only has the licenses and certifications required but also the experience as well.

Apr 07, 2014 03:36 AM
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
Your Brevard County Property Management Expert

Hi Richard, very entertaining post.  Very true though you need to be able to understand the inspector and not expect theatrics.  

Apr 07, 2014 08:51 AM