Last week one of my listings went under contract and the other agent (one who represents the buyer) dropped a bomb on me. His buyer elected to use ScarryHomeInspections. Just about every agent in Houston knows that ScarryHomeInspections types up on average an 80-100 page report. The inspection is so OVERloaded with useless information that it confuses buyers & kills contracts
Unfortunately the buyers agent was new to the business and he was unaware of the reputation that this inspector has around town.
Everyone wants a full report with photo's. The more detailed and "to the point" the better. There's no need for multiple paragraphs and 9 photo's to discuss a broken garbage disposal, which is exactly how this company works.
It brings up this very simple question: Can and should sellers ask who the inspector will be during the negotiations of a contract? If so, should or could a buyer be held and bound to use one specific inspector that they (the buyer) has agreed to use?
This problem is also very real when we talk about mortgages. There's times when a buyer has submitted their offer with the use of a local credit union only to switch to a huge bank like Chase or Wells Fargo. Clearly the seller (and listing agent) would have viewed the offer much differently if the buyer had submitted the offer originally with Chase versus the local credit union.