BUILDING INSPECTIONS AND REAL ESTATE AGENTS
The phone rings “Hi John speaking i was referred to you by my real estate agent”i need a building and pest inspection in Croydon” yes we can do the inspection for you and we can schedule it in for thursday 4pm ,you are welcome to attend but if you cannot then we will give you a call to go over the results of our inspection and we will email you the report the same nite,”are there any concerns that you have regarding the property” No not really just want a thorough inspection of the property looking for any structural issues as well as any termite damage
Personally i think that any prospective property owner going to a building inspection firm thats been recommended by the agent is CRAZY ,sheer madness,CONFLICT OF INTEREST??
There are many real estate agents that work with building inspection firms that rely on kickbacks from the building inspector so as they can get favourable reports that will not influence the prospective buyers opinion of the house,this happens all the time so never ask your real estate agent to recommend you someone as you are asking for trouble
We do not work with agents and never discuss our reports with them as they are not the client ,after my building inspection i will always be asked “how did it go anything of major concern” and i always answer sorry i cannot discuss my findings my client will speak with you once she/he has the report
Once i was abused by the real estate agent saying that he always receives feedback from building inspectors on any concerns and in all his years it was the first time that a building inspector refused to discuss any defects found ,”well i will never refer you to any future buyers” which i replied thank you for your time ,”have a good day”
Any smart agent should never refer a building inspection firm as if the inspection goes wrong in the future then it will come back to the real estate firm for recommending the building inspector
ARE YOU STUPID OR JUST RECKLESS ???
Recently i inspected a property in the eastern suburbs and it seemed reasonable considering the age of the property but when i inspected the sub floor it was discovered that the timber stumps were so rotten that they needed immediate replacement and in most sections the floor joists were not sitting on the stumps ,was it safety risk -my word it was ???
Now if i had of told the agent what i found and my concerns would he have told all his other interested parties “NO WAY” so its always good policy for the real estate agent to never ask about the condition of the property and never ask your agent to refer a building inspector NEVER dont take the risk!