The Trouble With Sacramento Home Contractors

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

As real estate agents, we often give contractor referrals to our clients, but it's our client's responsbility to hire the contractor and make her own decisions. Further, as a solid business practice, I never let contractors put my name on inspection reports and I also ask my clients to order their own inspections. It's their home.

The problem that arises, though, is when you ask a contractor to inspect an item to render an opinion, and the guy (I say guy because it usually is a guy but it could be a woman) instead issues an estimate to replace said item, especially when there is nothing defective with said item. Sound familiar? You can read more in my personal blog today at this link about how hard it is to find: Sacramento Home Contractors Without a Dog in the Race.


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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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Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Elizabeth --- I hear you.  Recently, as a result of an inspection there was a need for a followup for an review of the HVAC system.  Not a replacement but a review.   The guy(and yes it was a guy) gave my client an estimate for a new system --- that was not the request.   Yikes!

Jul 01, 2016 02:59 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

So right! Had a heating inspector come who, naturally, wanted to put in a new more energy efficient heat pump rather than that old thing that was in the place now. I had to explain that the place was in escrow "as is" and all we needed was for it to work for the home inspection. Let the new owners put in upgrades.

Jul 01, 2016 06:33 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Michael Jacobs Well, HVAC contractors have no fiduciary relationships and they are not required to put their customers' needs first. I bet you wanted to strangle the dude.

Jul 01, 2016 09:18 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® When we asked a plumber a few days ago to issue an opinion, they said the job was too involved. We called them back and said, no, just look at one set of pipes in the attic and give us an opinion. They wanted almost $600 to do that. What is wrong with these guys?

Jul 01, 2016 09:20 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are wise words about hiring contractors to make inspections that aren't going to be bidding any work they deem "necessary."

And, I'm still trying to picture using mouthwash with a cat!

Jul 01, 2016 10:07 PM

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