Home inspectors: Dont be scared

Home Inspector with Finial Property inspections
Please let me speak frankly. Agents are often scared of home inspectors. This can be understandable. An agent works hard with a client searching for and then finding a house. Giving and securing an offer can sometimes takes days. When this is done a home inspector looks at the home and all of a sudden the buyer, who was once happy with their selection - is now running from the deal. Surely the home inspector is to blame. It is true, sometimes we - home inspectors - can find significant defeciencies that make people run from a house, but let me present another side of this issue. First, please keep in mind that it is a bad house or an overly worried home purchaser that kills a deal. Home inspectors are mearly the messangers of the "bad house news." Second, home inspectors limit liabilities. Everybodies. When a buyer purchases a home, and there is not a home inspection. It is not unusual for the defeciency - assuming there is a serious one - to rear its ugly head months after the purchase. When this happens law suits can then result. Lawyers often sue everybody. Previous owners, as well as both agents. Nobody is imune, and everybody will be charged with knowing about the defeciency before the sale. I firmly believe that people rarely know about the defeciencies in their own home. The truth of the matter is that there are less lawsuits when a home inspector is involved. Yes it is also true that when we miss something we can also cause a few lawsuits of our own, but the vast majority of lawsuits are less with a home inspection.

Comments (2)

Gregory Anderson
United Country - Fredericksburg, TX

It is nearly impossible to build an entirely code-compliant home anymore.

Field compliance is indirectly proportional to the thickness of the code books.

Regardless, a seasoned inspector could easily find a list of deficiencies in any home, new or old.

It doesn't take much to frighten an elderly buyer these days. 

My concern is not with the inspections themselves, but instead, with the proliferation of rules/laws that establish the deficiencies in the first place.

Mar 26, 2007 04:02 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon


      I am never scared by an inspector. I don't like inspectors that are over the top and panic at every little thing. But, if you read my blogs you will read that I tell everyone to get the cheapest insurance policy available. THE HOME INSPECTION. I even tell sellers to get one before they put the home on the market.

Todd Clark - Oregon Realtor

Mar 26, 2007 05:27 AM