The big bad "D" word....

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Home Inspector with A Closer Look Home Inspections

What??? You mean my new home has defects?

We would all like to purchase perfect homes that never deteriorate or never require maintenance or repair. But that would be in a perfect world now wouldn't it!  We need no convincing that it's NOT a perfect world, but it's surprising how many home buyers hesitate making an offer on a property just because there's a blemish or two with their prospective "dream" home.

Even before the home inspection is performed, it may not be too difficult to identify some of these "blemishes" - defective roofing shingles, cracked windows and/or peeling paint on trim, foundation cracks, drainage issues etc... can all be classified as "blemishes" which may scare off the prospective buyer.  Every home - even new ones, have defects.  That's why it's important to have a quality home inspection performed by a qualified home inspector -even if it's brand new.  But I believe it is my job, and the job of every other home inspector to not only carefully and delicately explain to their clients, the difference between which of these "blemishes" are necessary repair/safety issues and which are common everyday maintenance issues that come with age...and home ownership, but also provide their client with possible corrective measures for such blemishes.

For example, Mr/Mrs Client, during our inspection of the roof, we found some deterioration with the roof shingles and two valleys on the east side of the roof structure.  The damage is probably due to the heat of the sun on the east side of the building.  The other portions of the roof structure seems to be be ok with a possible life span of 0-10 years.  One possible solution is to have a roof tune up.  You could have the valleys and shingles replaced just on the east side of the roof at a cost of about X dollars - ballpark. 

Taking this approach will set the prospective buyer at ease about their investment decision, and will give the home inspector a good rapport with real estate professionals as well.  Personally, I would steer clear of real estate agents and home inspectors who give the impression that the home you are buying/selling is perfect or blemish-free. 

Remember - some blemishes are like antique furniture, they add character!

Comments (70)

Patsy Ittner, Your Premier Broker Selling St. Augustine Real Estate
Little Fox Realty - Saint Augustine, FL

I agree with your post, as I do not believe there is a perfect home on the planet.  Not this planet anyhow.

And I am intrigued how you got the same post on so many community pages.  I get a scathing remark that regardless of how many checkmarks I make, only the first five will be posted to.  Where am I going wrong?  Thanks for your response.  Patsy

Aug 04, 2007 10:06 AM
Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
AHWD
Excellent post. People need to realize that even NEW homes need to be inspected! Most customers feel that if it is new, it has to be perfect. Nothing in life is perfect. People seem to forget that!
Aug 04, 2007 05:47 PM
Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate
Thanks for the post Calvin, this comes up a lot. People think they are going to the house dealership for a shiny new house.
Aug 04, 2007 11:24 PM
Darren St.Jacques
Nook 'n' Cranny Home Inspections - Hamilton, ON

Excellent post. People need to realize that even NEW homes need to be inspected! Most customers feel that if it is new, it has to be perfect. Nothing in life is perfect. People seem to forget that!

 

Too true Bill & Barbara Jo,

It often surprises the heck out of new homeowners the amount of items I find when I do their 11 month warranty inspection for them. Some of the stuff I find is down right dangerous and inexcusable shoddy workmanship from a sub-trade. I often end up getting many more inspections in the neighbourhood, simply because I am "thorough" I need to be, as do all inspectors. But, like many posts elude to, I am not an alarmist. I tell the client what is worth worrying about and what is just a minor nuisance repair. I tell them how it should be fixed and approximately how much. I have yet to "lose a sale" for an agent, unless the buyer has already planned to use me as their scape-goat and get out of the deal. Far cheaper to pay me, than to lose a deposit, right?

 

 

Aug 05, 2007 03:40 AM
Stephen C. Olczak
Mortgage Help - Fort Myers, FL
Calvin, new builds all need follow up.  The builders know it and expect to make corrections.
Aug 18, 2007 11:21 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Great tips, something to think about.

Aug 18, 2007 11:54 AM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate
When its something trival, some clients would want to bargain for thousands off! Inspections could very well be deal breakers, but I say this. If they don't love the house they shouldn't buy it anyway.
Aug 18, 2007 12:09 PM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
No home is perfect, not even a brand new one.  I try to tell my clients to be concerned with the major systems and don't sweat the small stuff that is cosmetic.
Aug 18, 2007 03:54 PM
Gene Keyse
4 Keyse Property Inspections - Lexington, KY
Georgetown, Lexington, Kentucky Property Inspector

Good post !!

Nov 26, 2007 09:18 AM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

The post that would not die.

HEH heh !

Nov 28, 2007 07:55 AM
Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Bob,

The post that would not die.

HEH heh !

 

No need for the post to die, the dissenting opinions were killed. It's safe to soft sell again.

 

Tim

Nov 28, 2007 12:19 PM
#62
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Sounds like one dissenting opinion is back for more action if you ask me.

Please please please.One can only hope.  Yawn.................................

Play yesterday   Paul Mccartney

Nov 28, 2007 12:45 PM
Joyce "Joy" Mahaney Brewster
High Profile Realty - Glendale, AZ

Nice post!

Nov 29, 2007 08:20 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy there Calvin

 

Your sure right, there just is not any homes that are 100% perfect.

Jan 10, 2010 07:51 AM
Denny West
Top To Bottom Inspection Services - North Baltimore, OH

Sugar coat  No.  stating the facts  yes . We work for the clients and not the Agents . wording is the key .explaining is another Key, A major is a major, a minor a minor. Report what you find . God Bless

Jan 23, 2010 06:07 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy and morning to you Calvin

Calvin, mighty fine blog post to read.

Dale

Sep 10, 2010 08:01 PM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy and morning to you Calvin

Calvin, mighty fine blog post to read.

Dale

Sep 10, 2010 08:01 PM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy and morning to you Calvin

Calvin, mighty fine blog post to read.

Dale

Sep 10, 2010 08:02 PM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy and morning to you Calvin

Calvin, mighty fine blog post to read.

Dale

Sep 10, 2010 08:02 PM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey there and evening to you Calvin
Calvin, sure hope everything is going well for ya!

Sep 05, 2011 11:01 AM