Buying a home can be one of the most important purchases of your life. It is important that you find a qualified, knowledgeable and honest home inspector, so that you can make an informed decision.
Real estate agents do not make any commission off a property until it sells and many home inspectors' success depends upon referrals from real estate agents. This adds up to a major conflict of interest. These home inspectors, that are reliant upon referrals from real estate agents, often want to avoid doing anything that would cause the sale of the property to collapse - resulting in the agent losing out on their commission. They do this by not providing the potential home buyer with a thorough inspection and/or not reporting on all of their findings during the inspection process. Also, it is not unheard of for inspectors to provide the real estate agent with a financial incentive (kick-back) to refer them to their clients.
Not having a thorough, honest inspection by a qualified inspector, could result in great financial loss to the potential home buyer and leave dangerous safety issues with the home unknown.
When choosing a home inspector, do your own research. Inquire about the inspector's certifications, other qualifications, experience in the industry and verify that they are a member of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America. Members of this organization are not permitted to solicit business from real estate agents.
**For more information, please watch the video provided below.** *Much of the information provided in this article is courtesy of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America.*
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We are always happy to receive feedback! Below are some of the comments we have received in regards to this issue.
"Hello: I am an RHI in Ontario. I have been in business for 19yrs. I must say you have guts to come out and say the way it really is. Are you not worried about repercussions from all RE agents, not just the crooks? I have discussions with realtors that say to me directly " We don't recommend you because you are too picky and you blow deals." My response is "my clients say I'm very thorough and would recommend me to anyone looking for an inspection and besides I am working for them and not you". Good luck in your ventures." Ron (Home Inspector) from Ontario
"Wished we would've known about this before we bought our house. We went with our agents home inspector and now it is costing us boat loads of money in repairs for things we didn't know about from the inspector!" Ernie from Moncton, NB
"It is hard to find an honest inspector, who doesn't work for realtors." Jim from Moncton, NB
"Thank you for posting this, we were screwed out of a buying a house as a result of one of these agent/inspector relationships. Agent didn't want us to use an inspector we found. Our real estate agent was more interested in showing us the home inspector listings they had. Since the realtor wouldn't allow us to use our own home inspector, we refused to buy the house. " Lori from Moncton, NB