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Why is it my Fault?

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties 450.004175
Why is it my Fault? I ask myself this question every once in a while after a home inspection has "caused" the deal to go south. The story is similar in every case this has happened. Buyer calls and schedules their home inspection. Buyer says it's their first home. Buyer shows up at the home inspection. Buyer gets the report for the home inspection. Buyer agent that was NOT at the inspection, didn't see me explaining to the buyers that most of the items were small but easy to repair items is furious because I must have said something to the buyers to scare them out of the deal.
The deals that I love are the ones where the buyer agent has taken the time to prepare their client for what happens at a home inspection. They tell them how long it usually takes. They explain that it would be best to leave their children at home. They explain to them, echoing what I have already said, that there will be several small and easy to repair items, but that they should not get alarmed by these items. No house is perfect.
Guess what? My conclusion is obvious. The deals that I LOVE have a very common theme. The buyers that are going through an inspection with their realtor at their side, have a much greater chance of making it to the closing table. So don't blame me if you can't take the time to be at an inspection with your buyer and the deal goes sideways, south, in the toilet, or is DOA. I did what any home inspector does. Observe and report. That's it. I can't do that and also try and save a nervous buyer from walking on a deal.
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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

Inspecting homes like yours in the Kankakee, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Illinois area since 2007.

Real Estate inspections with same day report delivery. 

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Scott L Seaton
The Home Inspector with a Heart

Comments (4)

Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It is important for buyer agents to be at the inspection with their buyers. How else will they know what was said or found?

Mar 01, 2019 03:22 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp

There is no way to expect a buyer to relay what we talked about to an agent that doesn't attend the inspection. NO WAY.

Mar 01, 2019 05:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti

True, Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector - buyers are overwhelmed by all the information and won't remember what was an issue (or not)

Mar 01, 2019 07:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You are so right, Scott, that agents need to prepare their clients to understand what a home inspection involves, what is inspected and what's not, and that a home inspection is not there to provide ways for a buyer to get a resale home in an "as new" condition.

Mar 01, 2019 04:40 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp

I use the anology of cookies and crumbs. We will find crumbs all over, but what you the buyer should focus on is cookies. And ask yourself, "if the buyer won't fix this, are we walking away?" The answer should be no, we're still going forward.

Mar 01, 2019 05:14 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Scott. I think you are right and I enjoyed this post. Unfortunately your pictures did not show up.

Mar 01, 2019 05:38 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp

Thanks, No pictures, just logos of moldsafe and recallchek and others. They are included with the inspection.

Mar 01, 2019 06:30 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector as with any profession, preparation is key...sadly, some folks just don't get it!


Mar 01, 2019 07:10 AM