Yes, We Are Worth our Money...

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

    Awhile ago, I read a post in which Susan Scavelli was venting her frustration as to whether home inspectors were worth their money. Without getting in a tit-for-tat debate or pissing contest, I feel we are. I will defend my profession. For some reason, many real estate folks do not understand or have been educated on our standards of care. I strive to do that in office presentations. Education is key.
    Like any person in any profession, there are good ones and real sorry ones. (Southern teminoligy) I am sure you know what I mean. Enough said!
    Our industry standards of care, in essence, states:
    - We must be “Codes Wise”! We are not codes inspectors.
    - Because attorney are who they are, most inspector associations urge inspectors to use verbiage  such as, “Recommend further review/repair by a licensed professional in the appropriate trade.” Sure this is vague. Are we, or you the agent, qualified enough to determine if the work is to be performed by a journeyman, apprentice or Joe Handyman? Make the wrong call and you get called before the State licensing committee or worse yet, a trial. Not fun! Been there! Done that! Thank God I operated within industry guidelines.
    - Unless we are still or have been a licensed contractor in a particular trade, we are banned from quoting codes! We cannot even mention the “C” word in our reports! I was an electrical engineer. I knew NEC (National Electric Codes) backwards and forwards. I will not quote codes.
    In Susan’s defense, I will agree that real estate mavins are our biggest referral partner and we should do our best to educate them and their client on what is important and what is not. Our industry standards state:
    - Water heaters (depending upon manufacturer) that are 6 years old or older are at the end of their service life. (topic for another blog)
    - Compressor system that are 10 years old or older are at the end of their service life. (another topic for a blog)
    - Package units that are 10 years old or older are at the end of their service life. (another topic for a blog)
    - Furnaces that are over 15 years of age or older are at the end of their service life. (another topic for a blog) The list can go on...
    Susan addressed several other issues in her vent that could have been address better. I agree. Double lugs are easy fixes. No huge issue. I think that home inspectors going the way of the conestoga is a bit overkill.
    I feel that inspectors should inform folks that there are deferred maintenance items. Items that should be address “in time”. These are items that, if for example: they lived in the house and they saw a loose gutter they would say something like, “I need to fix that tomorrow.” Guess what? Tomorrow never comes. When I tell buyers and agents that, it grounds them in reality. I feel that home inspectors need to be realists. My 2¢’s worth on that.
    To land the plane, I feel that inspectors need to be realists and we need to be educators. We need to educate the client and our mavins. Yes, Susan, I feel your pain. Real estate agents and inspectors need to learn to play well together. The sand box is only so big.

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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I wouldn't close an escrow without having a home inspection.  I often have a pre-inspection by a certified inspector, especially if the house does not have a recent sale history.  I prefer to keep unexpected surprises to a bare minimum and to know if there are any structural or other issues that should be remedied prior to listing the property.

Jul 08, 2015 11:05 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I can give the names of dozens that found out that you are well worth the money.

Jul 08, 2015 11:15 AM #2
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You provide a valuable service that my clients need, and you certainly deserve to get paid for the service you provide. 

Not all real estate professionals are created equal and not all home inspectors are created equal. It's the same in any profession, but it's not fair to lump all people in one profession into a good or bad category. There are those that work hard and do a wonderful job. 

Jul 08, 2015 11:26 AM #3
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Who could possibly say that a Home Inspection/Home Inspector is not worth the money?  I have seen Inspectors find problems that would cost tens of thousands of $$$ to repair.   

Jul 08, 2015 11:57 AM #4
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Home inspectors provide a valuable service to the real estate industry. The inspections offers an insight to the condition of the properties on the items being inspected. As a result of the inspections  it protect all the parties in the transaction . . . . and reduces legal actions.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig


Jul 08, 2015 12:19 PM #5
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Michael, just a note to say, "I wouldn't have your job." But, I am glad you do!

Jul 08, 2015 12:31 PM #6
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You inspectors are well worth the money Michael, I see it on a regular basis.

Jul 08, 2015 03:31 PM #7
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Michael. I have the highest regard in what you do and the home inspectors that I refer on a regular basis. I actually see the expense and a good investment.

Jul 08, 2015 06:45 PM #8
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

A good home inspectors is worth every penny. In fact, I have one on Friday and hope it goes well.

Jul 08, 2015 08:51 PM #9
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I know many realtors who cringe at inspections, just waiting for things to fall apart...wrong attitude indeed!

Jul 09, 2015 12:03 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Since our state set up educational and licensing performance guidelines; I have seen the bad and  so-so inspectors have left the business. I have a deep respect for what you do Michael Thornton...

Jul 09, 2015 01:41 AM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

So much of what an inspectors does should be in the presentation to the buyer. I don't have any issues with the findings just how they recommend taking care of them. This is what can scare a buyer to death. 

Jul 09, 2015 08:28 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

May we all stay competitively optimistic and be worth our mettle in every way and be thoroughly prosperous however we can be!

Jul 10, 2015 03:34 PM #13
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Really should be a given indeed, Debbie. But it's not usually that simple and we usually have to improvise in and that way we can get to our main goals. Does that make sense?

Debbie Reynolds

Jul 10, 2015 03:36 PM #14
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