We Just Might be Telling You Something Important

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties 450.004175

We Just Might be Telling You Something Important. 

Really, if there was no benefit to the inspection agreement that the State of Illinois requires us to have signed before we start the inspection, then I would gladly toss it out right now. But it does have lots of valuable information that protects the buyer as well as the inspector. We always make sure and go over the agreement with the buyers at the end of the inspection so they have a clear understanding of what they signed, even though this is not required by our SOP. We just feel it's makes them more comfortable, but the real reason is that it manages expectations about the inspection. 

At a recent inspection, the buyer came at the end, due to the corona virus and as we requested. He walking in angry, would not wait for the second sentence of going over the agreement. He went straight to the basement. Saw a wall that had an epoxy injection repair that was not recent. He demanded to know if we had looked behind the finished walls for more repairs. He said over and over again, "this is not normal, I lived in my current house for 30 years and never had to do a repair like this."

When his next comment rolled out of his mouth, I knew it was time to pack it up and move on. "What did you even do this whole time you were here?"

I recommended he reserve comments like that until he saw the report where he will see 45 pages of random items and pictures, none of which were alarming or worthy of walking away from the deal. 

By the time we were 10 minutes away from the house, the agent was calling us to ask what happened since he had already called her to say he was walking away. I told her he was mad at the beginning and just got madder and when she sees the report she will realize that he is not really looking for a new home, he's looking for the perfect home. Good luck with that one buddy. Maybe if he had stayed long enough to hear anything we had to say, he would have understood what to expect.  Doubt it, but you never know.  

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.

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The Home Inspector with a Heart

Comments (8)

Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

It takes all types and we have probably seen all types.  move on. let it pass.  kill it with kindness and understandingl  

May 24, 2020 06:46 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Most whole house inspectors earn their fee. They do a very thorough examinations of all the components of the house unless their access is limited due to items block the view. I have a lot of respect for them.

May 24, 2020 08:45 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that buyer did not want to buy that home....it didn't matter what you said in the report.... can't fix stupid. ... Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector 

May 24, 2020 11:27 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- they really didn't want to buy the house...I agree with Barbara Todaro People look for ways out of a situation they don't want to be in. 

May 24, 2020 07:45 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this story.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jun 15, 2020 08:15 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector - unfortunately there are people that don't listen to facts.  He probably made up his mind that he didn't want the house before you came.

Jun 27, 2020 06:56 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Scott,  Glad I cause this blog from you even if it is a couple of months old.


Jul 16, 2020 09:51 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Aug 02, 2020 02:48 AM