26 Sep

Make sure your home inspector isn't fixing your house, too

Posted by InspectorNick.com

Make sure your home inspector isn't fixing your house, too. It seems simple enough - maybe even innocent.

A home inspector combs through your property. Wood rot here. Roof leak there. It sure would be convenient if they could fix the home's problems, too. Or, at least have their buddy come out and get them all hooked up!

Before you proceed down some type of yellow brick road with a home inspector offering to fix the property IN ADDITION to inspecting it, make sure you understand your risks.

For one - know that a home inspector is NOT abiding by our industry's best practices and is violating a conflict of interest code.

A home inspector's job

A home inspector's job is to let you know the in's and out's of a property so you can determine if the house is a good investment for you. Our trade is built on the reputation of home inspectors being honest and non-biased. That is why we are to stay away from helping you correct problems with the home or sending you to a third party (who we get kickbacks from) to help you out. As the American Society of Home Inspectors says:

Home inspectors create a “public trust” by offering a service to protect the client by making a property inspection to disclose financial and safety risks. Clients trust our competence, honesty, and lack of bias. This includes actual or potential bias from a conflict of interest arising when an inspector attempts to serve simultaneously his home buying client and home sellers, real estate agents, or third parties who stand to profit from the sale or repair of real estate property. Engaging in a conflict of interest violates the public trust and is unethical.

 

Basically - we need to be "Switzerland" and stay neutral when it comes to fixing or selling your home.

How a home inspector CAN help

Yes, this stance can be difficult for us at times. When you've got a home inspector like Inspector Nick who has a construction background or Inspector Jerrod who has an appraisal background - we have a lot of knowledge, resources and connections to offer. However, we abide by ASHI rules and stick with the inspecting.

We are able to offer referrals (see Nick's Picks). We can give you an un-biased opinion on the work that needs performed. We just cannot perform it ourselves or send you to someone who is in turn going to pay us for sending you to them. We receive no "kickbacks" from vendors we recommend and have no vested interest in what happens to your home after the inspection.

I need a home inspector I can trust

Remember that not ALL home inspectors are ASHI-certified - so not all play by these rules.

PLUS - DO YOUR RESEARCH - some home inspectors indicate they meet ASHI certifications but are NOT ASHI-CERTIFIED.

Look up ASHI-certfied home inspectors in your area.

In over a decade of business and after inspecting thousands of homes, we have found it is best to abide by ASHI's rules. We are home inspectors you can trust. We're simply out to provide a great service and keep each of our clients and their families safe.

Have questions about ASHI home inspectors or need a home inspection in Kansas City? Call our team at (816) 347-8955 or schedule a home inspection online now!