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A honest list

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Home Inspector with AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc

 

 Many inspectors have posts on active rain with a list for consumers on how to pick a home inspector. I think it is about time for a real non biased honest list for the consumer.

 

  1. The inspector you choose should not solicit any Real Estate Sales person. Because there can be a conflict as to who the real client is. It should only be you the client not the real estate salesman
  2. Avoid inspectors that belong to major associations. Those major associations are only marketing agents for the inspector.
  3. Those that do belong to association follow a standard operational procedures (SOP ) and those standards are weak.  It's a minimal standard used to  placate Realtors.
  4. Just like associations franchises should be avoided. They are marketing groups and know that well, as to inspecting that's another story.
  5. Do not deal with inspectors that have "partners". Partners are like mold labs, alarm companies , and insurance companies.
  6. Deal with home inspector that basically  just do home inspections. Inspectors that also do termites, mold, and remediation, maybe finding and fixing things that may not exist.
  7. Do not use inspectors that recommend contractors to fix the problems he finds. You just don't know why that inspector is leading you to that contractor.
  8. Do not use inspectors that give you a free home owners warranty. First of all anything you get for free is worth that much. HOW is one of the most complaints file with state consumer services.
  9. Be careful with inspectors that are certified by a number of organizations or associations. Most certification are marketing, you pay for a one day course and get a certification.
  10. Inspectors the use a check list should be avoided. You want a well written narrative report.
  11. Don't use an inspector that requires you to sign a preinspection agreement. You are signing a legal document that will limit your options if your inspector makes an error.
  12. Don't believe all those testimonials they may be a fabrication .

There you go a fair and honest list that will lead you to a good inspector. Good luck.

 

 

 

AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc is a home inspection company doing home inspection in Miami Dade county, Broward county, and Palm Beach county. I am a certified inspector by the highest and best in the profession my grandson. See picture below. His testing is second to none and he proctors all his tests and personally checks on my CEUs. If I get lax or out of hand he will suspend my certification. It is the most prestigious and limited home inspection organization on earth. He is currently researching a certified master board certification but he thinks some guy already register it. He is in contact with a major university to start a doctoral program in home inspection.     http://www.allspec.us/

 

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Matthew Heavener
ERA Heavener Realty Co. - Jacksonville, FL
Why on earth would you post this in the REALTOR section?  You obviously think that REALTORS should not have anything to do with your profession.  I have noted your posts before, and I think you are misguided in your appraisal of REALTORS in general.  I recommend that every buyer get a home inspection, and I recommend ones that have impressed me with their attention to detail and professional designations and demeanor.  Your list only says what not to do, it gives no real advice on selecting a inspector.  You have said don't look to testimonials, don't look to a inspector with a checklist, etc.  To be honest your post seems a little self serving, and you don't seem to have any real reason why someone should use you. Just a list discrediting your competition.
Apr 15, 2008 03:08 AM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

You do not have a clue how I feel about real estate people. In fact it isn't about REAs it's about honesty and integrity and that crosses all professions. If I was an REA I would recommend inspectors because I would believe in that inspector.

I'm just telling the consumer on my above list that they would be better off looking for an inspector that doesn't solicit REAS. You can not tell me that there is not a number of inspectors that are Rea friendly nor can you tell me that there are not REA that look for inspectors that are inspector lite. It's not meant to slam anybody it just a question of what is safer. .

And no one would ever write a self serving list.

Apr 15, 2008 04:41 AM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS

All right! Here we go! Here's one (other) inspector's analysis, item by item:

1) Define "solicit."

2) Excuse me, Mitch, but aren't you one of those Hyena IHINA guys?  Isn't that an association?  Doesn't it serve as a marketing agent for its members, based on some sort of moral premise that realtors and inspectors should ALWAYS practice enmity one to another?

3) Please publish the IHINA SOP, and let's compare notes.

4) Well, can't disagree with you there.

5) Ditto

6) In Washington state, inspectors HAVE to do termite inspections and be certified to do so.  Mold remediation is serious business, only to be undertaken by those fully educated in the entire process. But I see no problem with that being an anxillary service IF one is truly and fully qualified....in other words, from recognition to sampling to getting rid of it all in one person.

7) Hmmmm...good point, in most cases.  But if you do happen to know a qualified guy or three, I see nothing wrong with supplying your client (or the realtor) a list of guys you know are qualifed and honest. As a matter of fact, you just may be performing a good service to do so.

8) Agreed....HOW's are rarely, if ever, worth the paper they're written on.  See, we do have things in common!

9) Take a full battery of ICC tests and get back to me.

10) If the check list is the final product, I agree.  I've developed a field check list just to make dead certain nothing gets overlooked, so checklists in and of themselves are not a bad thing.  Narrative gets written later, in full sentences in layman's language.

11) But what if your state or insurance company requires it?  It happens.

12) For the record, and for anyone who cares to read MY testimonials on my profile...I can back it up, and have.  But, you're correct...the consumer should check out those testimonials.

Apr 29, 2008 04:12 PM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

Jimmy Breazeale  

The reason for my honest list was to hopefully show that anybody could make up a list that points to the writer as a good choice for a home inspector. It is I, that you should chose and not some inspector that doesn't have a list.

I think for some inspectors on the IHINA it a marketing tool and I have reported a number of those inspectors to Dennis who don't follow the rules that were then terminated by Dennis. 

As to your other thoughtful responses to my honest list  well, If you agree with me your right and if you didn't of course you are wrong.

Apr 29, 2008 11:27 PM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS

LOL! LOL! LOL!!

Mitch, I wonder if you would sign off on a project idea you have given me.  Now, stay with me on this.  I'm going to call it the "Inspector Mitch Doll" for lack of a better name at the moment.  This will be a talking doll, with a colorful and varied oratory.  The theme is "fun and education."  Choose an item of controverial discussion from the menu built into his butt, or enter a subject of your own, as long as it has to do with real estate sales or home inspections.  Push the "RANT" button, and watch him go!!

For toy retailers, the Mitch Doll offers:

1) A product offering substantial differentiated appeal to consumers, both children and adults,

2) The experience and knowledge of an expert home inspector (educational),

3) Hours of fun.

Besides running his ascerbic mouth, the Mitch Doll also has built in animations, such as fist pounding, eyebrows with curl into threatening frowns, and various facial expressions, from snarling to teeth-baring.  He also stomps his feet and moons you.

Whattayathink, Mitchell...will it sell? :-)

Apr 30, 2008 01:52 AM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

My only concern is that the doll will be used for evil and not good.

Example. A real estate agent will buy one knowing that I will be inspecting one of her listings. She will then go to the local voodoo store and buy an assortment of pins that when stuck into this doll will direct the pain to the doll look-a-like aka me.

I will become incapacitated  and will not be able to perform the inspection. The listing agent knowing this was to happen,  has her certified home inspector on standby to perform the inspection. This certified real estate friendly inspector does a poor job for my supposed client. 

The supposed client then sues me because I was unable to perform the inspection.  

Apr 30, 2008 02:31 AM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS
Mitch, not to worry.  If you become incapacitated as a result of voodoo, no one will believe you, and, in fact, everyone (including your family) will become convinced that you have finally gone over the edge, leading to your incarceration in a nice nervous hospital somewhere.  It won't matter who sues you at that point, since all your worldly possessions and wealth will be under someone else's control anyway, and you will have at last realized the frivolity and downright insignificance of it all.  I will, of course, come and visit you now and then and check you out for a day cruise on my yahct, purchased from the proceeds of royalties and sales of the now-famous "Mitch the Inspector Doll."  You'll never have to worry about marketing to anybody, let alone realtors.
Apr 30, 2008 02:45 AM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

Thanks for coming to visit me.

I will however be concerned with the relationship between my doctors and the insurance company. Do you think that my doctor would not recommend a specialist I needed because the insurance company hinted that if he did he would be off the insurance list.

I feel a coma coming on speak later. 

 

Apr 30, 2008 02:56 AM
MC2 Home Inspections
MC2 Home Inspections LLC - Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis home inspection service 317-605-3432

Do you think that my doctor would not recommend a specialist I needed because the insurance company hinted that if he did he would be off the insurance list.

That just made me spew coffee out of my nose after reading that one Mitchell!! Good one!! :-)~

Apr 30, 2008 03:07 AM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS

WHAT!! An insurance company hack practicing medicine??!!??  Say it ain't so!  That's a whole other rant.  I can hardly imagine any honest doctor with his integrity intact not standing up to such an audacious demand, list or no list.  Now, you've got my blood steaming!  It was bad enough that I was already frothing at the mouth this morning.

Fortunately for me, I have an appointment within the hour that should bring me back to reality, at least for a short time.

Apr 30, 2008 03:27 AM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

 

Jimmy Breazeale  
Said 

It was bad enough that I was already frothing at the mouth this morning.

Do you think you ought to have that look at by a doctor an insurance rep? 

Apr 30, 2008 03:39 AM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS
Mitchell, my eyes are held wide open by toothpicks on the subject of insurance, especially since I have begun doing a great deal of field work for the shysters benevolent caretakers of all mankind.  My medical site review/audits are beyond comparison, and I have sold my soul to the devil in order to be able to eat, and to keep those pesky doctors and their nit-picky hippocratic oath nonsense in check!
Apr 30, 2008 03:50 AM
Geoff Scowcroft
Coldwell Banker - Studio City, CA

Mitchell,

This is an interesting list, but I'm not sure how helpful it is to a consumer. In its wording you tell consumer who not to use, but you don't really tell them how to find a good inspector.

As written your list reads as if the consumer should not rely upon the recommendations of their Realtor. While this may be your opinion (I'm not sure, the wording is a little sketchy), the majority of Realtors take their recommendations very seriously and are truly working for the best for their clients.

I'm not sure why an inspection company that attempts to market itself should automatically be removed from a consumers list. I believe that you are trying to tell the consumers not to put too much weight the various associations. The wording of the statement tends to infer that all inspectors that use associations are bad inspectors.

The best addition to the list would be to tell consumers how to find a good inspector. There has to be something better than asking walking your fingers through the yellow pages.

Apr 30, 2008 05:04 AM
Scott Patterson, ACI
Trace Inspections, LLC - Spring Hill, TN
Home Inspector, Middle TN

But Mitchell, you belong to http://www.independentinspectors.org/.  This is an association of sorts, granted their mantra is that you can't solicit agents, but that does not stop its members from working with them.

I know that you posted this list just to get a rise out of some folks, but I must admit it is working! 

I really love the part about not using an inspector with a pre-inspection agreement.  This is required by law in many states and also by most if not all of the insurance providers.  This also protects the client and spells out what is done in the inspection.  Kind of silly not to work with one if you ask me...

So, I'm strictly guessing but I going to assume that you meet all of the requirements that you have listed.  Well, that is almost all of them as you do belong to an association for independent inspectors.

Keep the post coming, they are enjoyable!

Apr 30, 2008 09:11 AM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

Scott

I changed it to "Avoid inspectors that belong to major associations. Those major associations are only marketing agents for the inspector. "

As we all know IHINA has no SOP.

As to PIA  

Apr 30, 2008 10:19 AM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS
LOL!! LOL!!  LOL!!!!! Where's my Mitchell the Inspector doll?
Apr 30, 2008 11:26 AM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

Jimmy

First of all let's keep this confidential between you and I. I just received a call from  somebody on Conway drive. And that person was walking past Walhill and could swear he saw you in the bedroom a sleep with the Mitchell doll. Jimmy that's just not right.

 Sleep well my friend knowing that your secret is safe with me. 

Apr 30, 2008 12:37 PM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS
That guy was lyin', and I can prove it.  Obviously, you have some skills with Google Earth.  Where is Conway Drive, anyway?  I'll give you a hint:  The closest country lanes near me are named Sycamore and Bett Road.
Apr 30, 2008 01:26 PM
Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach
Conway is just down the road a piece from Walhill not to far from Sycamore.
Apr 30, 2008 02:16 PM
Jimmy Breazeale
Sherlock Home Inspections - Coldwater, MS
Oh, yeah.  So, does that go all the way through to 305?
Apr 30, 2008 04:33 PM