Why Home Inspectors in Sacramento Are So Picky

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Sacramento home inspections are 1) only as good as the inspector preparing it, and 2) typically thorough. How those inspections end up being interpreted by the parties involved is what can cause a bone of contention in any transaction. This is why agents need to be proactive, thinking ahead about how the individual we represent will react.

It is not always just the buyers who freak out. It can be the sellers, too. I've had more than my share of sellers call to complain about things the home inspector reported that were completely wrong and misleading. They wonder why is the guy so damn picky.

Risk management is one reason, but there are other reasons. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Why Sacramento Home Inspectors Note Petty Items in Reports.

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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 (8)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

The home inspector I often refer to my sellers writes clear, easy-to-understand reports. They are thorough without being overly alarming. 

Jan 29, 2018 10:53 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's the CYA, Elizabeth! That drives me nuts if not presented properly by the inspector. 

Just like everything else in life, it's all about the presentation! A good inspector is worth their weight in gold, for sure!

Jan 29, 2018 09:37 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, our inspectors are picky too, but they don't want to lose their certification.  They need to allow the buyer to know what they are getting into.  It is the agent's job to relay what should be on the objection, if there is one.

Jan 30, 2018 07:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

North Carolina regulates inspectors very closely so I am always alerting both sellers and buyers that what an inspector looks at, looks for, and certai wording is something he has no choice about. But presentation if everything at the end of the day.

Jan 30, 2018 09:55 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Joan Cox when you say certification, are you talking about a trade association or a government certification? Because we have no certifications in California apart from a trade association. No official certs.

Jan 30, 2018 09:03 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Debe Maxwell, CRS Our preferred home inspector has an excellent bed side manner for our buyers. That's paramount in my book.

Jan 30, 2018 09:04 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Nina: yes, when you find a good home inspector, you hang on to them. Some are worried about offending agents, others worry about getting sued, and we just want the guy who will do a decent, competent and honest job and be able to explain defects, because all homes have defects, in a way a first time home buyer can relate.

Jan 30, 2018 09:06 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love your analogy and totally agree, Elizabeth! Mine too! 

Jan 30, 2018 09:24 PM

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