“Would You Buy This House?"

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Home Inspector with HomePro Inspections of RI

 

Shack

I get this question along with “Do you think I’m getting a good deal? “What would you pay for this house?”, etc.

In reality, this is the first time I have seen the house! I don’t know what brought them to this property, I don’t know what the price is, and I don’t know what their plans are for the property. These questions become difficult because that client is relying on you to help put the pieces in place for their purchase.

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The client’s motivation may be to be close to their parents – I don’t know their parents! It may be to be near a school for their children – my kids are grown! They may want to be where there are lots of neighbors – I like the country!

My job is to make sure that they understand what they are buying from a physical aspect – Do things work? Are they safe?, What kinds of materials?, How do you maintain the equipment? How long (within reason) can they expect things to last?

A Home Inspector is usually the last person (sometimes appraisal) involved in the transaction. By the time they get to us, I hope that their motivation questions have been defined and answered. If they are working with a good realtor, this should already have been part of the process.

So, please don’t feel that I am avoiding answering the question. My view is different from where I stand. I only hope that the job I do will make their decision easier!

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Hank Spinnler
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Hi Hank - Here's one way to look at it. Your clients were groomed to value your opinion as a result of your inspection. You spent several hours demonstrating your proficiency inspecting while building rapport. I guess it's a compliment of sorts.

January 12, 2011 09:44 PM
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Dale McNutt

As an inspector, I have been asked that question many times. It just reaffirms my suspicion that very few folks thoroughly READ the pre-inspection agreement. It says right in the agreement I have that the information in the report is not to be taken as advice as to whether or not to purchase the property. It is not a fair question. My answer is the same you alluded to. I am not involved in negotiations and information outside the scope of the inspection. Although the inspection is important, it is just a portion of the total purchase process.

January 14, 2011 12:55 PM
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Hank Richter
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Hank - I can only hope that they have been groomed!

Dale - I agree that few folks actually read what's put in front of them. I assume that some don't read the inspection report either!

January 14, 2011 03:18 PM
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