Sellers/Listing agents: The Home Inspection is not something you should fear. As the agent it is important not to stress your client out prior to the inspection. If you do, you are setting the stage for a negative experience for your sellers. This may already be a difficult for your seller especially if they are 1st time sellers or if they are selling the home due to unforeseeable circumstances such as a death, illness or financial. More often then not if you are selling your home you bought it and will remember the process which should put you at ease. A note for sellers: The biggest issue home inspectors have with you is that you are either not told what to expect or do not completely understand what makes the inspection process easier. PLEASE move your items, personal belongings out of the way as much as possible. We need clear access to water heaters, electrical panels, furnaces and wall outlets. I understand this is not always possible, but please do your best. It just makes our life and job easier. The worse thing is having to re inspect a home because boxes, furniture were in the way at the time of inspection. It is a waste of everyone's time. After we have completed our inspection we will send you the report, most inspectors include photos at a minimum or with video as well noting the issues found. Just because the inspector found issues does not mean you should automatically get upset. We do not mean to hurt feelings or anger anyone, it is just our job. Again, back to the un-biased part. Also, as any experienced Realtor will tell you, everything can be negotiated. Just because the inspector notes that the water heater should be replaced or maybe there are some electrical issues does not automatically mean you MUST fix these items. The buyer may be an electrician and/or a plumber or contractor. To which, they could easily fix these issues, making them not a big concern. Another way repairs can be handled is through an allowance to the buyer. This is the Real Estate Agents job to handle so I will not dive into it much further then that. Bottom line is that the home inspector is their to do a job, we have bills to pay, families to take care of just like everyone else. We will do our best to be as professional as possible and like I said most experienced inspectors are used to these types of issues.
Buyers/Buying Agent: Most often you are the ones who hire us to perform the home inspection. So you are most likely going to be our client. Home Inspectors are their to inform and describe the aspects of the home both good and bad. That sounds good on the surface, but beware you may get more bad news then you are expecting. You most likely are buying the house because you are in love with the floorplan, area, exterior look or all of the above. Sometimes your dream can be a nightmare. As a Home Inspector I could care less rather you actually end up buying or not. I hope all goes well for you, all issues are easily negotiated and that you will be happily ever after in your home. But as a professional, that is not my job, not my concern. Same thing as with sellers, once we send you the report with all of the issues does not necessarily mean every item should be repaired by the seller, nor should that be expected. Everything is a negotiation. You may have to give a little, to get a little. It is just part of the process. Finally understand there is no such thing as a "perfect home". Every home on the market has some sort of issue. Once you get the report your agent should help you with all of your negotiations. By this time we have done our best to find any issues and put together the report for your use. Unfortunately, there are buyers who ignore the report and than like to point the finger back at us a month, 2 months or 6 months later when an issue we noted in the report was not repaired as noted and now us the home inspector are the bad guy. A Home Inspection can be your best friend if all goes good, but it can also be your worst nightmare if there are many issues found. Regardles of the overall outcome of the inspection, Don't Shoot The Home Inspector for doing his job. That is what you hired us for.