Reasons to NOT Use the Inspector Your Agent Recommends

If you are new to the real estate world, you may think it’s common sense to use the inspector your real estate agent has recommended, but you should think twice. Yes you should trust them, and hopefully they have been around the block several times before, but there can be a few reasons to not go with their word of advice in this situation. Here are a couple reasons you might want to hire your own inspector.

Conflict of interest

It’s possible that the home inspector and the real estate agent have a conflict of interest. Your interest is in the detailed description of your home, while the inspector could be helping the real estate agent close the sale. It’s unlikely that either party would act unprofessionally, but it is something to keep an eye on.

Who’s the client?

Every inspector is supposed to work directly for the buyer, but the inspector and the real estate agent could have a long partnership together. If this happens to be the case, you could be getting the second best deal in the game, not the first. Ask a few questions if they’ve ever worked with your real estate agent before and if so that could be a red flag. They could get skimpy on the details, and push your inspection under the rug like it’s no big deal.

List of three

In most markets across the country, real estate agents provide a small list of three inspectors to their buying clients. Notably, these inspectors are professionals who come with quite a few references. Having skin in the game, they also risk not being included on that list if they give length and poor reviews time and time again.

The nagging feeling

Even if your inspection goes well, you can’t help but wonder if there’s something they missed. If an issue arises down the road, you will still be wondering if it was there at the time of inspection, and just wasn’t found.

Choosing an inspector against your agent’s recommendation poses you to keep a few details in mind. They should be working from a professional organization. This way they know the standards and code of ethics. Be sure to look at their website for the inspector’s background, expertise, and references. Some inspectors know what to look for in certain types of homes, where others do not. Victorian houses can be tricky for the inexperienced inspector, but not for one who has inspected numerous Victorians. 

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