We are finding that many times the complaints of the listing agent are based on what the purchaser has said his report stated, which in many instances has little to do with what it actually stated. The purchaser, apparently wanting to either drive the price of the house down or just vacate his offer, is telling the listing agent and the owner that the home inspection has condemned the home in question when in fact the inspection has revealed only minor problems.
To combat this unfortunate turn of events, the ALLIANCE of CANADIAN HOME INSPECTORS is urging both listing and selling agents to include a clause in the offer to purchase that allows the home owner access to the report should the offer to purchase fail. Whether this includes remuneration to the report owner ( purchaser) or not is something that the agents can fight over. At any rate, the ACHI believes that this will help to control a situation that has damaged the reputations of many inspectors and the industry in general.