B4U Close Home Inspections
Kentucky Home Inspections - Central, Northern, & Eastern Kentucky Home Inspector
Kentucky Home Buyers & Kentucky Home Sellers
& operated -- Not a Franchise
P. O. Box 915
Toll Free: 877-513-8235
www.B4UClose.com Georgetown, KY 40324
Home Inspector referrals from Real Estate
Can You Trust Them?
See the Yes,
You Can and No, You Can't columns lower on this page.
First a personal experience.
When I bought my first home, before I
became a Professional Home Inspector, I was silly enough to think a real estate agent recommendation was always safe.
Now I look back on the process and realize that I fell into every pitfall. I was new to the area. I asked the
selling agent for a recommendation. He gave me a "list" of about 6 inspectors.
(There were over 100 inspectors in the immediate area. Why were only 6 on the list?)
A SIDE NOTE: There are over 100 Home Inspectors in the Central Kentucky area also. How many made it to your
agents list? I wrote letters to all the local real estater companies explaining my qualifications and asking to be placed
on their list. I don't know how many lists I made it to.
Back to the story:
When I asked, the agent recommended
a specific inspector, warning against inspectors known as "deal Killers". Then I asked my lender representative for a list.
The same inspector was at the top of her list. Well, he was the cheapest, so I used him. I received a 1 1/2 hour
inspection, on a 2,500 square foot home, and an 8 page checklist that downplayed the significance of certain issues.
Later, I realized the significance of those downplayed issues. In addition to what I spent while living in the house,
it cost me several thousand more when I sold the house three or four years later. The buyer of my house was smart enough
to use a thorough professional Home Inspector who found problems that had obviously been there for years, but wasn't mentioned
in the inspection report I received when I bought the house. My mistake wasn't repeated during subsequent real estate
Yes, you can!
Most professional realtors no longer recommend specific Home Inspectors, in part because some realtors
have been held liable in court for "negligent referral" by recommending cheap quickie inspectors that wouldn't "kill the deal"
and cost the agent their commission.. The accepted standard now is for realtors to provide a list of Home Inspectors
and leave it to the client to research and select their own Home Inspector. Not all Home Inspectors will be on a particular
agent's referral list. Use the Internet, Yellow Pages, referrals from friends and co-workers, etc, to identify other
No, You Can't
1. What agency do you have with the agent.
What type of ageny relationship do you have with
your agent and the agent's real estate company? An agency relationship in real estate is an arrangement between you,
your real estate company and your agent to assist you in buying or selling a home.
Selling Agency - Seller's
best interest are supposed to be paramount
Dual Agency - Just a facilitator. Not supposed to be partial
to either party. (Right!)
Buyers Agency - Buyer's best interests are supposed to be paramount.
sure you know what type of agency relationship exists between you and the real estate agent you are dealing with. Understand
the meaning and ramifications of the different types of agency.
Base your trust on whose best interests the agent has
at heart. The seller's, the agent's, or your's.
As a retired Home Inspector in California said
"It was kind
of humorous, and kind of sad, when I met my first agent that thought I was a deal Killer. He wanted me to inspect
a house his mother was buying, but had refused to recommend my services in the past. I asked him why he wasn't using
the inspector he normally recommended to his clients. He said, 'Hey, My mother is buying this house!'"
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Whatever your decision,
don't buy a home without a Professional Home Inspection.
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