An Unbiased Opinion
It is not the function of a home inspector to state opinions or recommendations, but to state with specificity the conditions found in the structure being inspected. However, the home inspector has a duty to cite certain structural components or systems that are deteriorating with a relatively short life span as “deferred maintenance” items. Deferred maintenance does not imply that the stated item(s) are defective or inoperative in any way, but that these items will probably fail in the near future.
Home inspectors present facts to each party – not conjecture or opinion. Our detailed inspection report allows the decision of buyer and seller to be based on facts rather than speculation.
Realtors too frequently look at a home inspection as a potential deal breaker for their sale; unless they use a hand-picked home inspector who never finds any structural defects. The realtor assumes that if they can keep undiscovered defects off the bargaining table, the purchase is more likely to go through – saddling the home buyer with thousands of dollars in repairs that should’ve been noted from the beginning.
For their protection, realtors should suggest a home inspection with each sale and let the purchaser choose their inspection firm. A copy of a certified, unbiased home inspection report attached to the seller’s disclosure statement lessens the potential for a lawsuit against the seller and realtor. InspectRite inspections are always conducted on an impartial basis without any influence of any type – it’s simply the right thing to do.