In the Beginning

Document Sample
In the Beginning Powered By Docstoc
					In the Beginning
Starting any company is a daunting task, especially to those who have
never been through the process. The same can be said for buying a home.
This may be why inexperienced inspectors and first-time home buyers
generally do not mix well.
The inexperienced inspector wants to do a good job for his client, so
everything is documented thoroughly. The inspector also likely wants to
emphasize any issues that they feel could be of real significance. So
when the inspector puts together the report, begins to resemble the US
tax code (IE it appears to be entirely too thick to actually read, and
there are large sections that are completely indecipherable).
While I have yet to have a client complain about my report being too
thorough, I have had sellers, seller's agents, and even buyer's agents
complain of "nit picking". Something that comes with experience in this
profession is learning to assess the knowledge and experience level of
the individual who hires you.
First-time home buyers frequently have little knowledge of common home
maintenance and deficiencies, and are much more prone to being "scared"
off a purchase, especially when presented with what appears to be a
laundry list of deficiencies.
An experienced inspector should still catch most of the little things,
but should be able to emphasize 1-expensive repairs 2-safety issues. As a
buyer, these are the findings I am most concerned with when considering a
That said, these are also the chief complaints I hear
concerning"experienced" inspectors. "He hardly spent any time at the
home." Or "I can't believe he didn't find X!"
You can see of these two perspectives can cause an inspector to be more
ambiguous or concise on any given issue, depending on what the client
wants or expects and their knowledge/experience level.
Veteran homeowners know that no home is perfect and expect common wear
and tear and maintenance issues. They generally want only to know about
potentially expensive repairs and safety issues, and really don't want to
wade through the rest of the report that may be in formative and
important to first-time home buyers.
Over the years, this company has gravitated towards first knowing the
buyer, second providing key observations or a summary page at the
beginning of the report and including all the mundane maintenance
information in the bulk of the text.
In short I would suggest anyone shopping for a home inspection first
express their expectations and second inquire as to what the report
contains and how it is laid out, as well as the inspector's experience
Article written and submitted by Clinton Rushing an Illinois home
inspector currently endeavoring in consultation, previous owner of #1
Good Home Inspection Inc. currently operating as a resource for real estate and home
improvement information.
Andy McMurray is a freelance writer and photographer based in DeKalb,
Illinois. He has worked at DeKalb¼s Daily Chronicle, The Midweek, and the
Northern Illinois University newspaper, the Northern Star. Known
variously around the Internet as Dr. Gonzo or IvoShandor, Andy's wide
ranging interests and knowledge in history, architecture, historic
preservation, art and science have allowed McMurray to excel in penning
both fiction and non-fiction pieces. In addition to pursuing a fiction
career Andy has written and photographed extensively for English