Hello to all,
I would like to share some information with my favorite people....Realtors! I can say that without being struck down because I am engaged to one, LOL. The reputation that Home Inspectors have throughout the real estate community is one of being a "Deal Killer" or a "Schmuck-in-a-Truck", and some of that criticism is probably well earned. Once a Realtor has found an Inspector who doesn't scare the bee-Jesus out of their clients with his/her flowery expletives concerning the age of the roof or the tangled mess in the electrical service panel, they want to hold on to him/her for life! I don't blame them one bit. The Realtor has worked very hard to get that client to the point where a Home Inspector is called in. It is just shameful and unnecessary for an Inspector to blow a deal by overreacting to a defect(s) in a home.
If you are a Realtor shopping for an Inspector here are a few tips:
- Interview your prospective Inspector. If an Inspector can't or won't give you the time to answer some simple questions, he/she isn't really interested in doing a quality service for you or your client. Heck, you may even get a free lunch out of it!
- Be blunt and ask about how they present defects to their clients. If an Inspector replies that their policy is to provide their client with "just the facts" and does not come right out and say they try to present defects in a non-alarming way, look elsewhere.
- If your Inspector knows the term "Deal Killer" this should clue you in that he/she is aware of the stigma and more than likely avoids saying things to alarm the client.
- Most Inspectors value their relationships with Realtors, lets face it, Realtors are the single largest generating force for client referrals in the Home Inspection business. Your Inspector should be ensuring that not only is the client satisfied but the Realtor as well. If your Inspector is just "doing his/her job", that's just not enough.... especially in today's market. Shop for someone who takes care of YOU.
I hope these tips help you along in closing your next deal.
Hoping everything you touch turns to $old!
Howard Tennyson, Home Inspector
Ace Home Inspection, LLC
BBB Accredited Business
Office Phone: (478) 954-9791
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