Are you working with an Advocate or Huckster?
As I have written in the past, I frequently read a weekly newspaper column from retired Home Inspector Barry Stone. www.housedetective.com. One of Barry’s recent columns titled “Agents and inspectors often help their clients”, dealt with a person who was an expert witness for construction defect lawsuits. This person’s comment was that they had a home inspector confide to them that “too many problems in his report might “kill” a sale, and the agents would not longer recommend him to buyers.” Barry’s response was that there are two kinds of real estate agents: “advocates” and “hucksters”.
Barry continues to explain that among home inspectors there are two basic varieties: experienced practioners and developing practioners. For inspectors who choose to work with and market to real estate agents, these inspectors have a choice to either become “street walkers” for unscrupulous hucksters, or rely strictly upon the honorable referrals of advocates.
We work with Advocates
Our business has been around since 1980. Over that time, we have become acquainted with both advocates and hucksters. I remember clearly one huckster a number of years ago who was “embarrassed” and “mortified” when one of his clients called us to schedule and inspection and we refused to schedule with them. Our reason? Because they were working with that particular agent. We simply did not want to be involved with that real estate agent.
I remember clearly one huckster a number of years ago who was “embarrassed” and “mortified” when one of his clients called us to schedule and inspection and we refused to schedule with them.-Jamie Dunsing of Dunsing Inspections
Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics count for something
For my entire career as a home inspector, I have adhered to the standards of practice and code of ethics for ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors. Code of Ethics | American Society of Home Inspectors, ASHI This code of ethics requires that, among other things, inspectors avoid conflicts of interest, act in good faith toward each client, and avoid activities that harm the public, discredit themselves, or reduce public confidence in the profession. Working with inspectors who adhere to this code of ethics are your best bet to get unbiased information for your inspection.
What can a purchaser do?
You can do some research about your inspector by checking out whether they belong to a professional association, and what that association’s code of ethics says. Your inspector should proudly mention their membership in one of these professional associations.
If you have concerns about whether you are working with an advocate or a huckster, you should have a discussion with them before you schedule your appointment. Check out their reviews on social media and with organizations like the Better Business Bureau. Rely on friends and relatives for referrals to inspectors who are thorough, accurate, and unbiased.
Would you rather work with an advocate or a huckster?