"I Shouldn't Have Paid For That Home Inspection"

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"I Shouldn't Have Paid For That Home Inspection"


That's what I just heard from one of my buyers. "Why did you push me to get a home inspection? What a waste of money." 

Deep breath!

This was not a waste of money...the house was in amazing condition! I've never seen such a great inspection. The only....ONLY...thing the inspector could find was that one canister light was pulled slightly from the ceiling (I never would have noticed). 

That's it!

Wow...what a wonderful thing to know!

But the buyer felt that it was a waste of money. They didn't find anything. I know plenty of buyers who would have paid EXTRA to have nothing come up during a home inspection. 

So...I sent my buyer a "normal" home inspection from the same inspector, to show the kinds of things that typically crop up. 

He's a lot happier now. 

Not sure a home inspection is when  you want to "get what you pay for" lol.



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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Sending your client a sample report from another home was a great idea.  I think home inspections are so important.  It really bothers me when a client wants to save a couple of hundred dollars and not get one.  

Mar 03, 2017 09:09 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That was a terrific solution to quiet the complaining. I can't imagine an inspection with only one issue such as you described. I haven't - yet - had anyone gripe about the cost of an inspection.


Mar 03, 2017 09:11 AM #2
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Some people you can never satisfy, it is like insurance you pay for it every year but you don't really want to use it. Maybe he makes a claim every year to get his money's worth. 

Mar 03, 2017 03:26 PM #3
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

A clean home inspection is a dream come true.  It is rare to find on even on new construction homes.  I am glad your client sees the light now. 

Mar 03, 2017 04:09 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Karen- you could have shown her one of our past inspection reports..the size of a small town phone book!  

Mar 03, 2017 07:12 PM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Karen, I know it's rare to get a clean bill of health on a home inspection, but in this case it's great news :)

Mar 04, 2017 06:11 AM #6
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


A home inspection is money well invested.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 04, 2017 06:15 PM #7
Tony Morganti
RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
CRS, ABR, SRES - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow

Karen -  Home inspections are one of the best investments a home buyer can make.  Thank you for the post

Mar 05, 2017 04:20 PM #8
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Home inspections are so important.  They felt cheated instead of relieved.. I'm sure they felt better after reading a different inspection and seeing how lucky they were.  

Mar 05, 2017 10:22 PM #9
Allan K Anglis
Certified Home Inspector The Villages area Florida

Karen, I had an inspection like yours and the Buyer called. He stated that was an expensive Home Inspection, and he could turn on the dishwasher himself. I explained, You could have saved a lot by not getting a Home inspection, but Not knowing what you have will keep you up at night, think of it as "INSURANCE" you protected your Investment on your Beautiful New Home.

May 10, 2017 08:18 AM #10
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I guess you could make the same statement:.... I didn't fall off the trapeze... what a waste it was to set up that safety net...

or, I didn't have an accident all year, what a waste of money my auto insurance was...

the fact that you didn't have to use it, doesn't mean that the policy was a waste of money...

Jul 18, 2017 06:44 AM #11
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