I have had to emphasize this point for many years: THIS IS OUR PROFESSION.
My partner Barb and I have had the pleasure to work with many well educated, business savvy, experienced clients. Some of them have bought and sold more houses than I have!
However after 7 years of success in this real estate market we can say with confidence that we know what we are doing.
Recently we had a client who was dealing with a possible mold issue in a home that he was lease/purchasing. A water leak occurred in the bathroom (nail in a pipe). The homeowner sent out an insurance adjuster who made a report. The homeowner next sent out a plumber and contractor to fix some of the items but not everything in the adjuster's's report.
In the interim our client's son, who is 4, had been sick for over four months! Possible mold in the home and how it relates to their son's illness.
Once the "M" word was mentioned my partner Barb and I took this to a higher level.
We asked our clients to not talk to the current homeowner and let us discuss options. Our client, who had lease/purchased the home, wanted to work this situation out with the homeowner but nothing was being accomplished.
Reviewing our GAR contract with our broker, we looked at possible options.
After a professional mold certified inspector filed his report we were at our next step.
Barb and I then advised our client to discuss all options with an attorney.
The contract was to be terminated pending a final walk through by the current owner, our client, and my partner Barb present.
Needless to say the current owner did not welcome my partner Barb with open arms. They proceeded to make a lot of comments and accusations, some rather harsh, at her. She had to listen to these irrational comments because she represented her clients.
Moral of our story: A lot of us thinks we can do everything our self. Whether it is working on our car, our house, investing our savings, doing our taxes, buying our houses there are times when we need to use a professional.
Barb and I pride ourselves on our knowledge, integrity, and hard work. All we ask is that our clients let us "watch their backs".