3 Things Your Home Inspector Would Never Tell You
I can recall back when I was a nine to five construction manager trying to move up the proverbial ladder of success, it seemed the better I was at my job, the more educated I become, the higher up in the ranks of success I was able to achieve. Well, of course that was waaay back when I was young and new to the work force. Today, however, having been in the construction and having been a home inspector, this form of reward simply does not exist.
Opposite from contracting, the home inspection industry is the only business i’ve ever seen where the better you become at your job, the less business and therefore income you will amass. There is a game being played in the home inspection industry and its not fun and the only looser in this game is you, the buyer. There is a whole other dark side to this business that the home purchaser, (that is the person who is spending their life savings for a single tangible object), may never ever hear about, perhaps until now. These are 3 things that a home buyer may never know exists in the real estate and home inspection industry which are really one in the same, most of which directly affect them… or you.
Who’s your daddy?
Your inspector will never tell you that they get 100% of their business from agents (agent referral list) and if they wish to remain on these lists, they must play by “their” rules.
If your agent provided you with a list of home inspectors to choose from, toss it in the trash. Keep in mind that the inspectors on that list most likley get the majority of their business from these real estate agents and Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a game being played here between the agents and the inspectors and the only looser is you, the buyer.
The Home inspectors on these lists who are smart, play it smart and will not jeopardize their position on these agents lists by doing “stupid” things like calling out too many issues ( insignificant issues according to agents), or explaining issues from a perspective of experience or worse… an expert (as one who intimately understand the issues).
You have to understand that these inspectors must make a living and the reality of the home inspection business is this… if you remove the agent referrals from the inspectors bottom line, and the inspector does not have a good internet presence or past client referral network they are for the most part, out of business. So they “tow the line” and become what the agents want them to be… conformists. I’m sure these inspectors feel they are performing a good service on behalf of their client but IMO, they are who/what they have evolved into and are unable to see themselves for what they truly are…”a yes man”.
Side note: To you inspectors reading this and are offended too bad, it’s probably because this likely describes you. To those of you who agree with this … its because you are not a yes man.
Your inspector will never tell you that the report must be un-offensive to everyone and all items in the report to come across as “normal or everyday wear and tear“.
Writing a home inspection report is truly an art. When it comes to writing the home inspection report, those home inspectors who are slaves to these agents, must possess a unique way in which they ultimately compile and write the information found during their brief inspection in a report document. Let me explain. Many of these types of inspectors understand that what they write will be scrutinized by everyone who reads it so whatever they write must at the very least be accurate… it can be vague, but it must be accurate. There is a fine line in which they must walk when explaining the findings and while on one hand they want to inform the buyers of issues discovered so they can account for the money they stole, they must also do it in a way that will not scare the buyer or the agent or worse… jeopardize the sale.
The inspection reports are written in a way that is not offensive to the buyer, seller or agent and will tip-toe around the important issues or by verbally spinning the issues in a way that is not offensive to anyone yet, still covers the butt of the inspector in the event you ever wish seek compensation from the inspector fr the crappy job they did. And if they happen to miss something that’s okay… they told you to “have a professional contractor evaluate” probably over 1,000 times in the report and if that doesn’t do the trick.. the mounds of disclosures you agreed to will surely cover them in court. Some inspectors will deliberately keep things out of the summary or hide items within the body of the report in hopes that you will not read the entire document. And then there are those inspectors who use checklist reports which are vague at best.
Speed is the key
Your inspector will never tell you that the faster he is at inspecting your house… the more the agents will love him for it. The longer he takes, the fewer agents who will refer his services.
In the home inspection business speed is key and for 2 reasons.
First, the faster the inspector is at performing his inspections the more agents will love him for it and therefore refer his services. The slower and more methodical he is at inspecting, the fewer agents that will use his services. This is primarily because the agents have “better‘ places to be than sitting at the house which you the buyer plan on spending all your hard earned money on for 3 hours or more. No, no, no… anything longer than 45 minutes is just too damn long if you’re an agent even if the house is 4500 square feet… with a pool.
Ya, don’t let the agents fool you. They will all say “the longer the better” but that is simply not true. They all want a fast quick, get in and get out inspection. And whats worse than this is that the inspectors who are primarily referred by these idiots actually embrace these games and as a result will fly through your house in record time. The end result? A home buyer who placed all their trust in two people and was let down.
Trust me buyers… the longer an inspector takes… the more an inspector knows… the more he will find.
Side note: To you agents reading this don’t be upset… this is just who you are. To the detriment of the home buyer unfortunately.