An article brought up old news. It was about why home inspectors are being sued. It states: “in the recent past thousands of home owners brought lawsuits forward for soft inspections done by home inspectors who they claim are biased towards selling the house on behalf of the Realtor who got them the lead”.
Yes, this is reality. But I’m sure many home inspectors and Realtors are not participating in this crooked game. I don’t make “soft inspections”, I report what I discover – the good and the bad. Does it hurt us? Yes, badly!! But not as bad as it does a home owner who overpays for a lemon.
Working with Realtors is not easy and unfortunately, these days it is not about service or your qualifications; efforts to provide a better service to the actual client are being ignored or blocked.
Last year I tried to establish a new relationship with a Realtor here in TN. I stopped by and explained what I do and the quality of my inspections; but in the end, I was asked about “sensitive report writing”.
Since this is not my style, most of our leads come directly from buyers or sellers, relocation companies, lawyers, engineer bureaus and property management companies.
Of course, if a home inspector makes a mistake and misses some defects, he should be responsible.
Regardless, the problem with the soft inspections should be solved! What’s your opinion?
Hi - this is Werner with Home Inspection Tennessee