Are all Home Inspections created Equal?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

What should you say when a Home Buyer looks at you and says, "I think I wasted my money on this inspection?" We were at a home built circa 1850 in a suburban Manchester NH area town. The Home Seller did a wonderful job over the years restoring and upgrading this home.


I was the listing agent. The buyer broker did not attend the inspection. SO when the buyer asks me that question, how I answered took some pre-cautions. BUT, more important let's look at WHY the buyer said that.


The inspector must not have inspected a colonial era home before. First, he was comparing everything to what a brand new home would have. This is a home built in 1850 to a wealthy mill owner. The materials used back the were the top grade. Hand cut granite blogs. Hand hewn lumber and everything level and square like a right angle. Wide pine floors carefully taken up, numbers, completely redone and put back in the same order.  


The buyer has grown up in a colonial era home. His parents worked on their his whole life, so he is well aware of what is good and what would have been "not so good." When the inspector got to the basement, he lost his mind. There was water in the basement. He was sounding the alarm, the buyer should back out now. The buyer looked at me, asked his question and I looked away trying to to laugh.


The buyer said it was time to end the inspection and sent the inspector on his way. So back the water, the home is built in 1850, it is a granite block foundation that will seep water in the spring. Add in it has been raining for 40 days and 40 nights and nearly every basement in town is wet. 



The buyer is still buying. The buyer agents is still missing in action. The buyer was more concerned if the seller would leave some of the building material they had stock piled for future projects. In the end all inspectors are not created equal. Just as all buyer agents are not created equal. This one who had the buyer complete a Google search for an inspector. As we parted the seller got home and the buyer told him how lucky he was to have me. 



Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.


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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 




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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Yicks...we had an inspector and an agent who had little experience is a challenge for "the other side" when lines are drawn for no reason.

May 17, 2019 05:03 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Scott. The answer to the question was certainly obvious. I can remember an inspector asking me once if I had a ladder. Hello.

May 17, 2019 05:07 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Godzyk there are no two entities that are created equally.... and that inspector should be reported to the state....

May 17, 2019 05:23 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. No is the simple answer! Some home inspectors are well qualified and some are simply not. Enjoy your day!

May 17, 2019 05:46 AM #4
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Scott; Great post! I can't tell you how many times I have had such an experience and it still surprises me when I hear some of the same things you mention here...There needs to be a clear understanding that "Not all inspectors are created equal!" Thanks for letting us know about your experience--it wakes us all up!

May 17, 2019 05:49 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Scott. I can tell you that my list of inspectors I recommend is very, very short. The list of those I refuse to recommend is much, much longer.

May 17, 2019 06:19 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Scott,  Interesting as always what we get ask and interesting what some inspectors come up with.


May 17, 2019 08:26 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hey Scott Godzyk this story reminds me of the very first home I bought - not as old as your listing, closer to 1900. The basement was a scary place but never the less it was all functioning fine. As for the MIA agent, beyond ridiculous for that buyer not having his/her agent by their side at an inspection.

May 17, 2019 09:16 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - all inspectors, each buyer, every transaction, this or that property comprise so many different aspects.  An agent working along side his/her buyer can create a powerful team.  

May 17, 2019 10:38 AM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Scott Godzyk  it is very important in my personal opinion that a buyers agent attend the home inspection with their buyer.  I understand your dilemma and agree not all home inspectors are created equal 

May 17, 2019 11:43 AM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

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May 17, 2019 01:26 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Scott- it's a good thing that the seller was wise enough to hire you!  I'm surprised that the buyer's agent wasn't there. 

May 17, 2019 07:41 PM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Good to know who the specialists for particular inpsections are.  Just like all agents aren't equal, neither are the inspectors.

May 19, 2019 09:27 AM #13
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