I rarely ever have a problem with a Sacramento home inspector when it's my buyer, but when it's somebody else's home inspector and my seller, that's when things can go sideways. Not every agent understands home inspection reports, either. And while agents should not be intrepreting these reports for their buyers or offering home improvement advice, agents should be familiar with what is a big deal in a home inspection report and what is not and be able to help guide their buyers to make the right decisions.
Some agents are order takers. They take orders and fill out the paperwork and do not advise. I don't understand that kind of thinking, maybe they are intimidated? Uncomfortable providing direction? Hard to say. When I asked a buyer's agent earlier this week why the home was not left the way she found it, the way we specifically asked her to leave it, with the AC turned off (and it was on) and the lights on (when they were off), she responded with: it wasn't my home inspector. Meaning the buyer had found her own home inspector. Yet, how did that alleviate the agent from supervision? It didn't. Why didn't she supervise? There was no real answer to that question. She asked whether I preferred to be present when the pest inspection took place. No, not really, she can handle that. Well, says the agent, then it can't be that big of a problem.
Yes it can. And I trust she will not make the same mistake again.
I take ownership of my mistakes, few as they may be, in hopes that others will, too, but that's about as likely as those poor helpless salmon in the Columbia River making it to spawn. They are predicting more than 80% of the salmon will die due to warming water temperatures, and that's just heartbreaking.
You can read more in my personal blog today about Do You Know Where to Find a Sacramento Home Inspector?