One Avenue Inspection, works with real estate agents and their clients during one of the most sensitive times of the home buying process. Our goal is to educate real estate agents so they can use our home inspection reports to properly advocate for their clients. If you are a new real estate agent or an agent who has not worked closely with a home inspection company before, these tips will not only help you better understand our process, but how we can give you an advantage as an agent.
1. Learn what home inspectors do. Don’t be afraid to question us during the inspection. A good inspector will be glad to answer your questions in as much detail as you require. If you don’t understand something be sure to get it clarified with the inspector. Also, do as much research as possible to learn what to expect and what common problems might be.
2. Learn how to read home inspection reports. Inspection reports can vary significantly. Inspectors are free to choose the format and software (if they choose to use it) they use to generate reports. These reports will cover the same general information but can vary widely in their detail and organization. Most reports will include photos. At One Avenue, we will go over it with you and answer any questions you might have.
3. Realize all home inspectors are different. No two inspectors will inspect a house and have an identical report. Most home inspection companies not only take a licensing exam, but frequently update their education to keep up with the industry. The more an agent works with a home inspector, the more you will prefer one home inspector over another. While you don’t want to recommend any specific inspector (this puts liability on you), you will at least be able to guide your clients to a home inspection company that you have worked with and trust.
4. Make sure your clients know the purpose of a home inspection. Let your clients know that the purpose of a home inspection is to find major structural defects – not to have a way to back out of a contract. Many buyers believe they can make an offer and then be able to back out of a deal because of a leaky faucet.
5. Give your clients a checklist. You should include a checklist with your home inspection tips. Make sure they know their time frame, their deadlines, and what they should be asking the inspector during the home inspection.
As always, we are always here to answer any questions and to meet with you to discuss the home inspection process.