The interesting things a home inspector sees

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Recently I was doing an inspection for a familiar client. He told me this was an important deal, and we should try not to scare the buyer. This was a pretty scary house.

Not only was the foundation in question and the front porch about to cave in, but the roof needed to be replaced ASAP. The kicker was when we found out we could not test the water. Why? Another real estate agent had shown the house, but forgot to lock the door. Someone had stolen all the copper! They of course did not shut off the water, so the basement was still wet when we inspected it.

As any real estate professional can tell you, its not what you say, but how you say it. I managed to inform the buyer of all the significant issues, while keeping everything in its proper perspective. I was able to keep the buyer from getting too scared and the agent from losing a deal, all while maintaining my professional image and integrity.

Just another tale from the eyes of a home inspector.


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Karen Villa Schweinfurth
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors, Inc. 425-308-3669 - Everett, WA
ABR, CRS, SRES, CyberStar
Mark, a very professional attitude. Your agents and clients are lucky to have you in their market.
Aug 31, 2006 05:57 AM #1
Shawn Martin
Crosby Inspections - Vancouver, WA

In this business, you need to develop the fine art of commutation when describing potential problems in a positive way

Aug 31, 2006 10:06 AM #2
Karen Lupo
Florissant, MO
I cannot tell you how true your statement is - "not what you say, but how you say it..."  I have had inspectors totally freak-out skittish buyers with their attitude and verbage.  Buyers are paying for a professional, thorough, unbiased inspection.  It is a disservice to them when the inspector has a personal issue with an item because it is not his preference, rather than just presenting what is actually there.  A good inspector is GOLD!
Sep 16, 2006 02:02 PM #3
Russell Rosencrans

I was happy to hear your tale had a happy ending. Too many times it is the other way around. I was curious do you find more buyers waiting to get the inspection report and then use it to buy the property at the negotiated price? I find people buying a foreclosed property as is and they still want to get the seller to continue to fix items. They are really as is where is no exceptions. They still try. I thank you for the view from your eyes. Keep posting


Oct 23, 2006 06:14 AM #4
Paul Korodaj
Mark, good to hear about your style and delivery.  I've seen too many inspectors scare buyers with their uncalled for opinions by telling the buyer what they should make the seller do or fix.  I think a good inspector should report major, minor and safety issues and let the buyer decide what they want to do based on the report.  Good job to you we need more inspectors like yourself.  
Nov 05, 2006 02:18 PM #5
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