Relocate to Wisconsin : The Inspector said we should use THIS contractor said the 1st Timer

The Inspector said we should use THIS contractor said the 1st Timer

Inspectors's what they do and there are good and bad of everything...pros who know their jobs, have successful careersStep over the line...and those who "step over the line" of their authority from time to time.   It is our practice to visit an inspection on our listing at the end and answer any questions that may have been raised. (We did have an inspector who swore the shingles were on backwards on a 3 year old house...sigh.)

     The first timers who had written an offer with giddy with excitement and David asked if anyone had any Mr. Buyer volunteered, " The Inspector said we should call ABC company for an evaluation and possible repair of...So I am doing calling them."  No ...probably not...Is the inspector Home Inspectorpaying for the repair ? Is that his brother in law ? First...the agent needs to discuss the inspection with you and decide if an amendment should be written and what if any evaluations should be done by licensed professionals.  Licensed professionals...not of the Inspector's choosing.....but the Seller's choice since if there is a problem...he will be payng for it.  The Newbie agent easily assumes that if a property is vacant, they can schedule inspections at will without knowledge or permission of the lsiting agent or the Seller of course...I think not.   

   Whatever happened to having the Buyer and Seller actualy like and respect each other...or the agents either the conclusion of a transaction....that semmes old school too. Now the Newbie agent has to go to her broker who goes to the listing agent copying the broker...without finding out the's easier to complain..

       Agents ...if you are new an don't understand somethng...ask....your broker or someone with experience.  Inspectors..  feel free to recommend evaluations...NOT evaluators....not your province.   

      Tired of tattle tales today...especially when they are not getting all the facts...Inspectors naming contractors..grrrrr....

          This has been what we hope is a helpful post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, broker associates at Keller Williams in southeastern Wisconsin who believe in direct communication....and not assumprions...Amen and women.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 23 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • April 03 2018 07:12PM


Good morning,  Sally and David - yet another example of "buyers can say the darnedness things". It's good to have a quick retort ready. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 21 days ago

Morning Sally.

Sage advice from someone who has been there seen that.  Newbies should take heed.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 21 days ago

Good morning!

Most inspectors will indicate a professional evaluation of this or that should be done, but they don't recommend a specific company to do that evaluation. 

I wish you a day without tattle tales and grrrrrr's.


Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, 21 days ago

Good morning Sally and David.  I think that this inspector could use a little talking to about his role and ethical behavior.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 21 days ago

Another Grrr  story happening in this Real Estate biz...Who needs tattle tales anyway???

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 20 days ago

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

Interesting the inspector would over step his bounds. Most inspectors will indicate a professional evaluation of some item that should be done, but they don't recommend a specific company to do that evaluation. Our inspectors are held accountable to the state of Texas and can easily be reported for this kind of conduct!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 20 days ago

I hope new agents will read this post and learn from it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 20 days ago

Good morning Sally. The only thing worse is an inspector who provides an estimate to perform the work he thinks need be done. Not as much a problem today as it used to be. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 20 days ago

It is always a red flag when any inspector recomends a contractor Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 20 days ago

Sally, I love my inspector, but always have to remind my buyers, they are generalists, and there are times that licensed professionals need to be brought in.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 20 days ago

Your clients are certainly lucky to have your knowledge and experience in their corner.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 20 days ago

Our inspectors have notebooks with additional information regarding a variety of contractors for specific jobs - or specialized inspections. Other than that, they don't say a word about how to intrepret the report without us around. It is NEVER a good idea for an inspector to jump in the middle of a deal offering solutions, a cure - or how to proceed. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 20 days ago

The first time an inspector sticks his nose where it doesn't belong is the last time he'll have an opportunity to do it with me.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 20 days ago

In my book that is a biggie big no no.

When clients ask me if I can recommend a contractor I say yes, but not until they have moved into the house.

If the realtor asks me after the inspection, saying that it is on the addendum, I am more amenable.  But that is a third party asking, not a client.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 20 days ago

Thank you very much for sharing your experience.

I like to practices by Jay Markanich

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 20 days ago

There's always someone willing to step over the line - and good and bad in every profession under the sun.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 20 days ago

I've had some bad experiences with inspectors in the past....both as a buyer and as a seller.

I'm holding my breath waiting for our home to undergo it's upcoming inspection. Fingers crossed we don't face any surprises.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 20 days ago

Sally and David- It sounds to me like it was not handled appropriately.  I'm not an agent but even I know that there are certain lines that cannot be crossed by a home inspector at an inspection. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 20 days ago

S & D, I feel your pain. Home inspectors should encourage the buyer to talk to his/her agent and ask for recommendations. It sure could be a conflict of interest for him/her to recommend a contractor.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 20 days ago

Sally and David I don't think I have heard of a home inspector doing that before, and I don't think it is a good idea for them to do that.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 20 days ago

Sally and David

Thankfully I've not had an inspectors sticking their noses where they don't belong...lie recommending a repair vendors. Some of these issues come from buyers who are not educated about how it all works...and whose fault is that?


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 20 days ago

Sally and David, our state is a small town. The inspector would not last long here as word gets around. 

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) 20 days ago

Your "Grrr" story is exactly why I attend inspections.

It is all about educating the consumer to be prepared for the crazy.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 19 days ago