Criticized for Being Excellent and Telling the Truth

Home Inspector with Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.


Criticized for being excellent


When Tiger Woods wins yet another golf tournament, the accolades flow like Niagara Falls. “Best golfer ever” ,“What a talent”, ”No one better”. It seems like no one can say anything bad about him.


Ansel Adams is recognized as the epitome of black and white photography. His skills took decades to hone, and his talent is widely recognized.


These are examples of people that have a talent for what they do, they have practiced their craft, they work hard at getting better, and they take pride in their work.  There is a marked distinction between them and the rest of the people that are in their field.  They are recognized for their accomplishments and admired.


Home inspectors, for the most part, also take pride in their work. They work hard at getting better, by taking continuing education classes. They practice their craft by doing inspections, the more they do, they better they become. Some even reach the level of the “Tiger Woods” in their industry.


A good home inspector is going to try to find everything in a home they can, so that their client can have as much information about the property as possible. They take pride in being objective and telling the truth. There isn’t a need to “make something up to justify their fee”. If the house doesn’t have anything wrong, then there’s nothing to report. It is what it is!


On the other side of the coin, it’s just about impossible for an inspector to “create” a problem, just to report on it. You know, make a pipe leak, so we can write it down.


A really good inspector will probably find things wrong, that even the home owner may not know about. They may even find things a less experienced home inspector didn’t. The key word here is “experienced”.  The golf pro at the local country club may be the best golfer in the region, but if he played a round with Tiger Woods, it would be very clear at the end of the day how far he has to go to be in the same league. Yet, until he played with Tiger, he was perceived as “the best around”.


Good home inspectors seem to be the only professional that is criticized for being excellent at what they do, for telling the truth, for pointing things out that are wrong, and for recognizing problems.


It is not generally recognized the potentially high liability that the inspector incurs during an inspection. The best protection from liability is to do an excellent job.


The next time you find yourself at an inspection, either as a buyer, seller, or a Realtor, remember that the inspector takes pride in his work, has practiced his craft, and works hard to continue building his skills.


Comments (6)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Jack, read my post "Unsung Heros", there is a lot a love out there for you guys... 

Oct 31, 2008 04:23 AM
Greg Bell
Bell Inspection Service - Titusville, FL

Hi Jack,


That's what makes the rare times so special when someone does recognize what a good job we did for them.

Nov 03, 2008 10:50 AM
Bruce Thomas
A-Z Tech Home Inspections, Inc. - Greensburg, PA

Thank You Jack

Nov 14, 2008 04:38 AM
Robert Flaa
R Eyes Home Inspections - Denton, TX
#9501 Home Inspector
Jack, I have found that it’s not what you tell the buyers, but it is how you tell them. There are fewer houses that have no issues than houses that have a lot of issues. The good thing about a house is that most things are fixable. The buyer just has to be aware of the issues and be prepared to deal with them or not. With the foreclosure rate increasing the homes that need a lot of repair are increasing due to the fact that if they can’t pay for the house how can they fix it making our jobs harder. This is why I work for the buyer and they truly would rather here the truth than a crock of s_ _t. At least with the truth they can decide whether or not they are prepared to fix the issues. I have had people that have thanked me for the detailed inspection because they have gotten a bad one the last time they bought a house. We can’t remove the risk to the buyer but we can reduce the risk that is our job. You know when a deal goes bad that everyone involved is named including both the realtors. So you would think that everyone involved would want you to find everything for the buyer.
Nov 15, 2008 05:25 AM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

The things we find don't make it a bad house, just a house that needs some fixing.  (Of course, some of them need SOME FIXING!)

The "educated" buyer then gets to decide if the house meets their needs.

Repairs or lower prices are just negotiation issues between the buyer and the seller, with the agents' assistance.

Nov 29, 2008 04:40 AM
Andrew Haslett
Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI - Fort Knox, KY
Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector

Jack, thanks for the good words.

You wrote this awhile back, but I'm still poking around and getting to know everyone -- or at least as many as is humanly possible in 22 days.

Mar 29, 2009 12:57 PM