**-X BEWARE: An “EASY” Home Inspector is like the EASY GIRL in High School **
**…they are both real busy and everyone knows the kind of work they do! **
**or in the case of your prospective home, lots and lots of Realtors know them and refer them plenty of work. **
Let’s face it; there are some so called “professionals” in the Real-Estate profession who are just interested in making a quick buck. Yes its true, in my opinion a significant number of realtors refer their hand picked “easy” home inspectors to inspect homes for their clients (the home buyer). Note: this is especially true with older homes as older homes usually = many more problems.
To all you EASY inspectors out there: read further, you know who you are .
Tell me, why would a home inspector who has such an important responsibility (to protect the life safety of their clients) stoop so low to as to become an “easy” inspector?
That’s simple, in my experience many agents will not continue to refer a “good” home inspector to their clients. (a “tough” home inspector translated in agent talk is a “Deal Breaker”.)
And to be able to feed his kids, the Home Inspector becomes somewhat “easy” over time. Yes that’s right people, just like the girl in high school.
How do I know this? I happen to be a “tough” home inspector (and that is why I’m ranting on NACHI right now, and not inspecting).
FYI: if needed you can always find an “easy” home inspector under a desk at the local real estate office.
And why then if the agent is supposed to look out for their clients, why are there agents who refer “easy” home inspectors to their unsuspecting clents?
Could it be to help their client find the TRUE condition of the home they are buying?
For some agents, a good home inspection is the LAST thing they want for their clients. Why? Simply because a good home inspector may blow “Their” deal. They fear that the client may walk away from the home (and walk away from them as well).
People, BE SMART about YOUR MONEY and consider the human nature factor. If you decide to go with the home inspector your agent chooses for you, not only could you be paying for an easy Home Inspector for your biggest lifetime investment, but unfortunately you could be paying much more than you think for that home inspection. (because important and costly problems may not be found by that inspector)
Bottom line, why risk it? Choose your own inspector.
No matter how nice your agent seems to be, and no matter how good and cheap they say their inspector is, does really make sense to choose the home inspector your agent refers to you? Choose your own inspector.
(and mark my words; in some cases I’ve seen agents really push their client towards their guy and claim “their” home inspector is very “good and cheap”)
TO 95% of us who are HONEST INSPECTORS in this industry. You can feel free to use this in your marketing:
Our company is completely independent and unaffiliated with Realtors. If an Applied Home Inspector finds problems or defects with the property you are buying, we will report on the home’s problems with complete integrity. As a profession, we take great enjoyment in the fact that the Home Inspector is the one of the only professionals in a Real-estate transaction who can claim they are impartial.
We call it honestly and exactly as we see it, and when we do “call it”, you receive that recommendation in an easy to understand computer generated report. We realize that there are vast differences in construction practices in the building industry. Therefore, we always look at every home as unique structure, with possibly its own set of problems and concerns.
Our mission is to look out for the best interest of our clients by inspecting every home as if we are the ones buying the home. As you already know, a home purchase is the single biggest financial decision that a family will make. By giving you critical information about your new home, we can help you make a well informed decision and gain the peace of mind that will follow.
The statements above are the opinion(s) of one dam good inspector (and very humble to:) ). Opinions are funny things they are usually formed from experience (part subjectivity, part objective) And as a home inspector, my opinions about some realtors may be clouded with bitterness from the really dishonest **** I have seen in the past with this industry. And in no way should this message be construed as hard fact… People should consider the individual, human nature, consider the FREAKING large commission your agent is making for really being just a glorified taxi driver…
take advice/opinions from many other sources and in the end form their own opinion. Basically, for legal reasons I do not represent these statements as fact and you should form your own opinions about individual professionals in this industry… good thing we live in a free country where we can say what we want are speech is 100% protected! Like I said, this is just the opinion of one humble (and dam good) Home Inspector.
Be smart… choose your own inspector.
Applied Home Inpsections INC.
1-877-BE4- UBUY (234-8289)
**Grayslake, IL **
Serving all of Chicago land and all surrounding Suburban areas