Who Checks the Home Inspector's Work?
I 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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