Working with a Reputable Sacramento Home Inspector

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

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?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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I love how you say that you take ownership for your mistakes...so few do!

Jul 29, 2015 12:14 AM #1
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I like how you start with a teaser and get us to click on your other blog to hear "the rest of the story", nice job. I know it worked for me.

Jul 29, 2015 12:41 AM #2
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Kathleen Daniels
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Elizabeth, I am present at all home inspections ordered on behalf of the sellers.  If a buyer's agent is not going to be present at an inspection, then I am there to supervise. I do not feel that supervising a buyer's inspection is my job ... but when buyers agents are too lazy or busy to show up ... I feel someone needs to be there with the inspector. 

Jul 29, 2015 12:56 AM #3
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Great post! Like Mike Young, you did a great job getting us to click through to your blog.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Jul 29, 2015 01:01 AM #4
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647 I really dislike excuses and flimsy excuses are the worst. Just own up, is my motto, say you screwed up and will fix it.

Mike Young Hope it was worth your click!!

Jul 29, 2015 12:00 PM #5
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Kathleen Daniels I don't go to home inspections as that is the buyer's agent job. They are supposed to be present and in a supervisory capacity.

Jul 29, 2015 12:06 PM #6
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James Dray
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Good morning Elizabeth.  I have only been at one home inspection.  Around here other than for a handful of agents most don't go.  

Jul 29, 2015 08:04 PM #7
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Elizabeth.  It seems your challenge is working with a competent buyer's agent.  What a nimrod.

Jul 29, 2015 08:54 PM #8
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Gabe Sanders
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Hi Elizabeth.  I have no problem with inspectors that will explain the seriousness (or lack of) when it comes to issues with a home.  It's those that make every mole hill into a mountain that I have can't work with.

Jul 29, 2015 09:27 PM #9
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Kathleen Daniels
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Elizabeth, in my area it is very common for sellers to get pre-listing inspections. When I am the listing agent, and ordering inspections on behalf of the seller, I always attend the inspections. It's my job.  When I order inspections on behalf of a buyer client, I always attend ... because it is then once again my job.  I rarely take a listing, other than a short sale, when inspections are not done upfront.

Jul 30, 2015 12:40 AM #10
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James Dray You mean when you represent the buyer you don't attend a home inspection? I am confused.

Conrad Allen I would not call her a nimrod or incompetent. Just a person who doesn't want to admit a mistake.

Jul 30, 2015 02:55 AM #11
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Gabe Sanders yes, agreed, some of the home inspectors get worked up and take things personally. I want to say geez, Louise, just tell us what the problem is and don't embellish.

Kathleen Daniels I see. We generally don't do preinspections in Sacramento, and I'm thankful for that actually. The reason is you never know what will set off a buyer. It's different for everybody. Everybody has their own little hot button. And home inspectors don't always find identical problems. A seller could be showing the buyer deficiencies the seller is unaware of and the buyer's inspector might never find.

Jul 30, 2015 02:58 AM #12
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The only truly horrible home inspection a buyer had was one that didn't trust anyone on the list I gave them.  Thought my recommendations were guys who would pass a house to get the deal done.  Instead, they hired someone they found on the Internet.  Let me tell you, there were so many items missed by the inspector that it was horrifying.  Of course, I'm not a home inspector, but did my best to drag the inspector to the tenants who occupied the home when they said, "When it rains, water comes in from the roof here."  He blew it off and claimed, as a roofing "expert" that the roof was tip top.  I pulled him into a room and pointed out a possible mold situation near another ceiling.  He blew that off too.  He also determined the house termite free as a qualified termite inspector.  Within the first year, the home had to have a new roof and portions of the home itself rebuilt due to termite damage.  The buyers blamed me.  They hired the guy and I'm not a home inspector, but did my best to point out areas of concern.  

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