Pre-Purchase Home Inspections

Mike Cooke December 1, 2016 Buyer Insights

One of the most misunderstood topics in real estate is also one of the most important parts of the home purchase process.

The threat of possible legal consequences leads practitioners in many industries to be increasingly cautious about what they say and do. As a result, the public receives increasingly inferior service.

We don’t want you to receive inferior service.

Our solution is to be clear about what we can and cannot do for you in regard to inspections.

Here are the important things you need to know:

  1. CHR agents don’t do inspections. And, it would be a conflict of interest for a CHR agent to inspect a house that one of their buyers was purchasing.
  2. CHR agents try to be present during the inspection whenever possible. It is important that you schedule the inspection at a time that works for you and the inspector. Occasionally, this means that your CHR agent will not be able to attend.
  3. When present, CHR agents don’t usually follow the inspector around while he is looking at the property. They will typically be with you when the inspector gives a summary of his findings.
  4. CHR agents may ask questions or make comments about items that arise from the inspection. They do this whenever they hear things that they don’t understand or that seem different from what they’ve heard in the past or that are new news. As a result of these questions or comments, the inspector may go back and recheck something. This in no way should be construed as the agent supervising the inspector. They are just trying to give you the benefit of their experience or trying to get clarification about issues that come up. Their questions usually arise out of their own curiosity and would be questions they would have if they were the buyer. Plus, if the issue is one that they need to address with the seller, they want to be able to explain it adequately and intelligently to the seller and his/her agent.
  5. Everything CHR agents do in connection with inspections is motivated by the desire to provide you the very best service possible. If they were the buyer, they’d want their agent to provide this kind of information. Just keep in mind … they are not the inspector nor do they play one on TV!

For more information about home inspections, check out THIS REPORT. It’s a quick read and it’s essential reading for any home buyer.