Be Totally Objective - Part 1

Don't tell the client to buy or not to buy the house for any reason!!!! This is one point that really bothers Realtors and I have to side with them on this one. Your job is to tell the client the current condition of the house only!! I'll repeat that again so you get it straight. Don't tell the client to buy or not to buy the house for any reason! You're not an appraiser estimating the market value of the house. You're a home inspector only estimating the condition of the house. There's a big difference between the two. The condition of the house does not make it a good deal or a bad deal. Price is the ONLY actor on whether it's a good deal or not! Here's why:

  • I've seen people buy houses in great condition but they were paying too high a purchase price for the house. Therefore it's a bad deal because they were paying much more than the market value price of the house.

  • At the same time, I've seen people buy houses that are in terrible condition that need a lot of work. However, they were getting a great deal because they were buying the house well below market value. If you added up all the repairs and upgrading costs, and then added it to the purchase price, they could sell the house for much more than they paid for it after renovations.

The condition of the house does not make it a good deal or a bad deal. Price is the ONLY factor on whether it's a good deal or not!

Only a well trained and qualified Real Estate Appraiser can estimate the market value - not a home inspector. You're hired to only evaluate the condition - and that's what your training and expertise are focused on. As a result, it's none of your business if your client decides to buy a house that you don't like or that you wouldn't buy for any reason. It's also none of your business if the client decides not to do any of your recommendations for repairs or upgrading. Even a real estate appraiser has no right telling the client whether or not to buy the house. After an appraiser notifies the client of the market value of a property, it's totally up to the client how much, if anything, they want to pay for that property. After the appraiser explains the valuation analysis in their appraisal report, it's none of the appraiser's business even if the client wants to pay too much for the property. Perhaps there's an amenity value for them and that's why the client doesn't mind paying a high price?

You may not like the house for several different reasons:  perhaps it's too old for your tastes; or it's a Cape Cod style and you only like Colonial style homes; or you feel that there's too much renovation work needed on and in the house; or it's not in a good area of town that you would want to live in, etc. The point I'm making is that all of these are your own subjective judgments and opinions! You have to be totally objective when you're inspecting a house. Even though you might not want to buy that house or condo, maybe your client has different tastes and likes than you do. Also, maybe the client can't afford to buy a house in great condition or in a good section of town.

I've inspected houses that when I would write down the style of the house, such as Ranch, Cape Cod, Colonial, Tudor, etc. that I would be tempted to write down "hideous" because the house was so dreadful looking. However, I'm not paid to tell the client whether I would live in the house. So I keep my subjective comments and opinions to myself.

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