Top 10 Things That Say You Probably Got Taken By Your Last Home Inspector:
10. Your inspector spent more time on the phone, computer and talking to the real estate agents than he did inspecting the home!
9. Your report was pretty thin and vague, but "I got a CD, a book and some coupons for other services" (Some inspection companies will give you a lot of "Fluff and Stuff" to hide the fact that their reports lack substance and the detail you paid for.)
8. Your inspector tries to scare you into buying full range of "Environmental Tests" besides your normal home inspection.
7. Your inspector does not believe in being a member of "all them dang associations." (Legitimate associations such as TAREI and ASHI provide our industry with advanced education opportunities unlike the same old courses offered by the community college year after year.)
6. You see the inspector slip the referring agent a check for your referral! (How can your inspector remain impartial and unbiased when his company gives money or other gifts away to the agent for referring you?)
5. Your inspector seems more interested in not upsetting your agent than he/she does of explaining the condition of the home to you.
4. Your report was an on-the-spot checklist type report. The more in depth detailed reports are always narrative type reports.
3. Your inspector finished the inspection of a 2000 square foot home in less than 2 hours. (Here in Houston, we even have some home inspection companies brag that their inspections take less than two hours to complete!)
2. Your inspector said that he would 'tell' you about a lot of items that were wrong with your home but that he just didn't put all that minor stuff on the report. (Note: If your inspector does not put something on the report, it doesn't exist and you can not re-negotiate for something that does not exist! This is a common tactic used by some inspectors so they will not 'upset' the agents.)
1. You were handed a handwritten report! (A true sign of an inexperienced or unprofessional inspector is a hand written report. You can not get enough useful information on the 5 page report promulgated by the Texas Real Estate Commission.)