Things that drive a home inspector crazy are many. Inaccessible crawl space hatch with clothes and shoes in the closet or cars parked in the garage blocking the attic hatch, pets not crated that spend the entire time at the inspection trying to get out of the house, or obvious attempts to cover or conceal a structural issue such as patching then freshly painting a cracked foundation wall. But what really makes by Batman blood boil is not a regular occurance, because if it was then I would be out of business.
There have been a few times when an agent or flipper have banned me from inspecting one of their homes. It goes like this... I get a call from a buyer that has just had their contract accepted. They are ready to schedule their inspection. Their agent has given them a name or two of home inspectors they trust. They call me and ask the usual question. "How much is a home inspection?" After I ask them a few questions about the home and go through the usual list of my USP's, I tell them the fee and let them know what openings I have and if any will work with their schedule. Fast forward 24 hours or so and I get another phone call, again from the buyer but they are very embarassed and have been put in the awkward position of telling me that the seller agent or the seller(flipper) himself has banned me from entering the home to do an inspection. The reason given to them by Mr Flipper on one occasion of why I am banned from the home was that "I had never built a house before and because of that I didn't know what I was doing."
The agent that banned me from his listings said that he tracked all his sales offers and if a deal fell through because of the inspection, he felt that the inspector must have said something to "kill" the deal. If he saw the same inspection company name on more than one address, then he felt that it was best to just make sure that inspector didn't have access to his listings.
The worst part of this other than not getting paid for the appointment spot which probably never got filled, is that the buyer now has a very bad feeling about the house. They are wondering why I am banned and what is the seller trying to hide?
The craziest part of the whole thing is that on 2 occasions, the agent doing the banning has called me later to inspect a new investment property they are looking to purchase. Talk about a Joker.
My job is to inspect and report, not freak out on every little thing, and look for cookies, not crumbs. The house does most of the talking, I just happen to be the messenger.
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