This mornings Real Estate section in our local Community Newspaper had two(2) articles about Home Inspections/ Inspectors.
The first was about reponsibility by the H/I for the tub overflowing, while he had it running to test/inspect the operation. The first problem I see, he left the bathroom, for about 45 minutes, and returned only after the seller/buyer starting yelling. It was stated that damage was controlled, but cleanup costs were about $2000. OUCH! The initial response by the H/I was “it’s not my fault”.
What do you think? What would you have said or done at that moment?
The article was off “Scripps Howard News Service” and the commentating inspector was obviously slanted toward one H/I society association.
The second article, byline AP with collaboration through the Nat. Assn. of Realtors, was a good article, pushing the need for Sellers to consider contracting for a pre-listing H/I. All the typical reasons were given, but what I liked the best about the article was the fact that a Realtor Assn. was promoting this service. In my area of the country, Realtors are typically against this type of service and will steer potential Seller/Clients away from getting H/I’s done.
Makes me always wonder why the Realtor takes the stance, what they are afraid of, "Disclosure?, Negotiations?, maybe more effort?, who knows. I personally think the whole process would be easier, working from knowledge.