Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: The Home Inspector Should Have Found This!

The Home Inspector Should Have Found This!

Who Checks the Home Inspector's Work?

Home inspectionsI never like to hear the words, the home inspector should have found this. We realize, nobody is perfect and even a home inspector can miss obvious items. What do you do if an apparent repair issue is not reported by the inspector and now the day after closing the buyer discovers it? Should the inspector be held accountable?

In my opinion, when a buyer pays several hundred dollars for a thorough home inspection, all obvious and even not so obvious repair issues should be discovered and listed on the report. Most buyers do not have the skill to be able to discern what is a real problem and what is not, therefore, they pass this responsibility on to someone trained and licensed to do it.

That is the home inspector's job and what he is being paid to do. In Tennessee, home inspectors must be licensed and have had the training to get an inspector's license.

So many repairs that immediately surface after the closing tend to fall to the home inspector not doing his job properly. If something like a crack can be discovered simply by examining a toilet tank thoroughly, the buyer expected the inspector to take the time to check it out and make this visual inspection. If a leak is evident with the sink is filled with water, this should have been caught by the home inspector.

So now that it is after the closing, what do you do? If you have a home warranty in place, the warranty company may come to the rescue. If they consider it a pre-closing condition, then the home inspector needs to be held accountable.

An unsuspecting buyer should not have to bear all the expense of something that should have been discovered during the home inspection and was not found. An honourable home inspector should step up to the plate, say he made a mistake and be willing to make it right financially. If he has his business affairs in order, he probably has an insurance policy to back his errors and omissions. 

Failing to respond to a buyer in these circumstances could have severe consequences. We know word spreads quickly through social media and real estate agents will avoid recommending this inspector to future buyers. There is also the license board that may want to know that the inspector is not doing a good job.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsDebbie Reynolds • November 22 2017 06:03PM


Very well said Debbie Reynolds . Have a GREAT Thanksgiving.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) about 1 year ago

Debbie Reynolds - A good post for Buyers to read and understand when it comes to home inspectors and what they may, or may not find!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) about 1 year ago

Every inspector/inspection has some limitations....some Buyers will always look to lay blame.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 1 year ago

Smart home buyers and their agent will take a very close look at the home and have notes to supplement the report by the home inspector. 

However, inspections are imperfect and things are easily missed or forgotten when there are distractions.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago