"HONEY, TURN THE LIGHTS OFF AND ON!" "STEP ON THE GAS!!!"

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642
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To be frank, I don't care WHO inspects the house. If the buyer feels good hiring their spiritual advisor or "buddy" to inspect the home, that's perfectly fine. There's just one simple problem...


If you aren't a licensed Home Inspector by the state you have almost NO CHANCE of having your repair requests taken seriously. The only alternative would be to hire licensed technicians for each part of the home, like HVAC Technicians, actual electricians, Structural Engineers ... and so on. Otherwise you could hire Chewbacca and the results would be the same.

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There's nothing wrong with having grandpappy take a gander at the air-condition, or your uncle sticking his nose in the pool equipment, but if they aren't licensed, you're wasting your valuable time with negotiations. The only way you could possibly get away with this is with a FSBO as they usually don't know any better.

 

Some other points to remember:

 

1. The only person who would be allowed on the roof is a licensed roofer or a home inspector. NO family member should get on the roof, nor should they crawl through the attic or attempt to flip breakers or backwash the pool. Leave this for the inspectors. You break it, you buy it! 

2. Special testing of the home should be communicated with the listing agent / seller. If you want to perform a hydrostatic that's fine, but get permission and communicate it with the other party.

3.  You should never fool with the T&P valve on the water heater or attempt to "test it." 

4.  Viewing the home is different than inspecting the home. You'll have time for inspections, it's not something that you should try to have down while looking at the home initially. 

 

Buying a home is not like buying an automobile. A lot of men want to think they know what they're looking for when they buy a car, but the hard truth is, they haven't a clue. You can drive real fast and slam on the breaks to "test the breaks" but that holds little merit with the breaking mechanisms of a vehicle. This is also why men stare at engines for twenty minutes when they aren't running.... it's as if they are looking for the problem when they have no idea what the problem even is. Sort of reminds me of...

"TURN IT OFF...OKAY, RESTART IT AND GIVE IT SOME GAS!" 

"HONEY, TURN THE LIGHTS OFF AND ON!" 

"PUMP THE BREAKS, TURN OFF THE DAMN RADIO, YOU'RE KILLING THE ALTERNATOR!!"

 

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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)

www.GiveMeMyHomesValue.com

www.EverydayHoustonHomes.Com

 

 

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Patricia Kennedy
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Greg, and don't forget to turn on the shower and then flush the toilet!  My favorite.  

May 14, 2016 03:35 AM #1
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Ronald DiLalla
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Hi Greg, simply stated...leave it to the professionals.  Tks for sharing.

May 14, 2016 04:32 AM #2
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Greg,  You points are well understood by me.  I imagine a FSBO might fall for Uncle Jed's inspection and a request for repairs or credits by the buyer. Even without that, why would buyers making the largest investment want to put such important matters in the hands of family or friends who really do not know what they are doing?

May 14, 2016 05:02 AM #3
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Greg- such good reminders for any buyer.  Let the professionals handle it!  You also make an excellent point- if a non-professional is on the roof or tinkering with something and breaks it...oops....

May 14, 2016 08:23 AM #4
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We don't have licensed inspectors in our state, but we do hire ones with good certifications.

May 14, 2016 09:22 AM #5
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I've had buyers bring in a polarity tester to check the plugs on a showing as if they knew what they were looking for.

May 14, 2016 11:48 AM #6
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                 Thank you Greg Nino for my ah-ha moment. 

May 14, 2016 12:08 PM #7
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Good morning Greg Nino,

So glad I caught your post on Kathy Streib 's "Ah-ha" moments for the week! You are right when it comes to inspecting homes leave it to the professionals..if Uncle Ned wants to inspect...the rule of thumb is if he breaks it..he pays to fix! 

May 14, 2016 11:06 PM #8
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Great post!  I can see Kathy chose to feature it this week!

May 14, 2016 11:56 PM #9
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Granddad stepped through an attic floor (I didn't even see him go in! Sneaky devil...) and yes, thank goodness, it was the home my buyer bought. Seller repaired right away and just added the bill to our side at closing. It was seamless for the buyer :) pain in the ars for the seller, since his foot came through their main living room and particles crashed down all over the living room furniture. But they were very gracious about it, probably calling me unprofessional behind my back, but, who cares? SALE! And he didn't die. Good ending to a potentially fatal story. Anyhow, yea, good advice!

May 15, 2016 12:40 AM #10
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Last 10 years I never had luck getting or allowing any home buyer to get a concession or repair based on another report. They are welcome to hire whoever, but the homes are sold as is.  If there are defects we identify it up front and factor into price.  A few try otherwise I reject their offer and pick those with no contigiency.

May 15, 2016 01:14 AM #11
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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We should tell our buyer clients to apply the"stripper code" when going into a home . . . look, but don't touch!  I had a client get on the roof during a home inspection, the inspector said it was "okay."  OMIGOSH!  Had several other people get into crawl spaces  . . . had a few want to open blinds, and pulled them off the wall because they didn't know how to operate them correctly.  My latest client climbed into the bathtub to see if it was deep enough for her.  Amazing what people 'inspect' . . . and I agree, get a professional!

May 15, 2016 05:30 AM #12
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Agreed, Greg. I don't want some novice poking around in a home I have listed. It really won't make much of an impact with uncle Joe requests a new water heater. He can buy it in that case. Bring me licensed professionals who know their business, and we'll talk.

May 15, 2016 05:34 AM #13
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You'd have to lighten up on that a little in CA, since home inspectors & chimney inspectors are not licensed here, just certified. However the rest of the inspections typically are. I agree with your point though.

May 15, 2016 06:20 AM #14
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Greg Nino - well, of course, there is a difference between buying a car and buying a home - and consumers better understand this and work with a PRO!

May 15, 2016 03:00 PM #15
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Unlicensed family members or friends who claim they know all sorts of things usually don't.

May 15, 2016 08:15 PM #16
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I'm so glad Kathy shared this!  Excellent advice. Loved the humor!

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Good info to share here for home buyers to handle things properly, and for sellers to force a buyer to do things right and use real professionals

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